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

The Portuguese and Cape Verdean role in American whaling is featured talk at the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Day of Portugal celebration, June 10

Dr. Donald Warrin to speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum Theater

June 10, 2010 at 7.30pm
Museum Theater, New Bedford Whaling Museum

So Ends The Day
Dr. Donald Warrin

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – As part of Day of Portugal activities at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Professor Donald Warrin will speak about the contributions to the American whaling industry by Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants. Author of a new book, So End This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling, 1765-1927, published by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, Dr. Warrin will provide an overview of this long overlooked area of whaling history.

Of Dr. Warrin’s new book, Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, writes, “For far too long the Portuguese contribution to American whaling has been relegated to the sidelines of history.  This meticulously researched and well-written study puts the emphasis where it rightfully belongs.”

Preceding his talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum Theater, Dr. Warrin will sign copies of his book at a 6:30 p.m. reception in the Jacobs Family Gallery.
Specializing in the history and literature of Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants in the United States, Dr. Warrin’s books include Land, As Far As the Eye Can See: Portuguese in the Old West, written with Geoffrey L. Gomes. So Ends This Day greatly expands upon his previous writings and research.

After retiring from the faculty at California State University East Bay in 2003, Dr. Warrin became the first Visiting Distinguished Professor of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso- American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He subsequently served as associate director of the Regional Oral History Office at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

The reception and lecture concludes the Museum’s Dia de Portugal activities, which include Azorean Artisans demonstrating traditional crafts in the Jacobs Family Gallery, from the 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On September 10, the Old Dartmouth Historical Society will cut the ribbon with officials of the Government of Portugal and elected leaders on the new Azorean Whaleman Gallery, which will provide the only permanent exhibition space in the United States that honors the Portuguese people and their significant contribution to the maritime heritage of New Bedford, the region and the nation.

The exhibition will chronicle the Azorean/American cultural exchange of the 19th century through a shared whaling heritage and its importance to the growth of the Greater New Bedford region throughout 20th Century. The exhibit will focus on a cultural overview of the Azorean Archipelago and the Azorean Diaspora, the whaling vessels that frequented the “western islands,” and the people that tied New Bedford to them, as related through the art and artifacts of both locations from the whaling era to the present.

The Azorean Whaleman Gallery is made possible by a grant from the Foreign Ministry of Portugal. The public is cordially invited to the opening event, which is sponsored by Bristol County Saving Bank.

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