The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2010

Lecture “The Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum Illinois” by Prof. David J. Langum, Sr

Organized by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, in collaboration with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Claire T. Carney Library.

Thursday, March 4th from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M.
Prince Henry Society Reading Room of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives,
located in the Claire T. Carney Library (Parking Lot 13)

Lecture ?The Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum Illinois? by Prof. David J. Langum, Sr The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announces a lecture entitled “The Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum Illinois,” organized by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, in collaboration with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Claire T. Carney Library.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 4th from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, located in the Claire T. Carney Library.

This presentation by Prof. David J. Langum highlights a unique and little-known chapter of Portuguese-American history and, to a large degree, is the result of a search for his Portuguese roots.  Based on his book _António de Mattos and the Protestant Portuguese Community in Antebellum Illinois,_ the lecture tells the story of the origins, movement, settlement and the community formed by  this unusual group of Protestant exiles from Madeira who first arrived in central Illinois in 1849 by way of Trinidad.

David J. Langum, an attorney, legal historian, and professor of law, is a descendent of António de Mattos, the first permanent pastor of the Madeiran community in Illinois. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, and the recipient of the J.S. Holliday Award, the James Willard Hurst Prize, and the Caroline Bancroft Prize.  Currently, he is a research professor at the Cumberland School of Law, Samford
University.

His most recent books include: William M. Kunstler:  The Most Hated Lawyer in America, From Maverick to Mainstream:  Cumberland School of Law, and Crossing over the Line:  Legislating Morality and the Mann Act.

For directions to the UMass Dartmouth campus, see http://www.umassd.edu/vtour/. Please use Parking Lot 13.

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