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 - 2011

Lecture: “Fado at a U.S. Crossroads”

by Prof. Kimberly DaCosta Holton

September 19, at 5:00 p.m. in the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (parking lot 13)

Event free and open to the public

Dr. Ramon Tasat
Prof. Kimberly DaCosta

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives announce a lecture on the Portuguese fado in the Portuguese communities in the United States, sponsored by Mr. Dennis Rezendes, a generous supporter of Portuguese studies and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives. The lecture, entitled, “Fado at a U.S. Crossroads,” by Prof. Kimberly DaCosta Holton, will take place on Monday, September 19, at 5:00 p.m. in the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, parking lot 13.

The event—free and open to the public—will be followed by a short musical performance by well-known local fadista, Ana Vinagre, accompanied by Guitarras do Atlântico. The activities will conclude with a heavy hors d’oeuvre reception at 6:30 p.m.

Kimberly DaCosta Holton received her PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She has taught performance studies, cultural anthropology and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Northwestern, Wesleyan University, and Rutgers University. Holton is currently Associate Professor and Director of Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rutgers University in Newark. She is also on the graduate faculty of the American Studies PhD program and the Graduate Program in Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers New Brunswick.

Holton is the author of Performing Folklore:Ranchos Folclóricos from Lisbon to Newark (Indiana 2005) and the co-editor with Andrea Klimt of Community, Cultureand the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans Along the Eastern Seaboard (Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth 2009). Her research into the intersections between performance, politics and migration has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Foundation for Luso-American Development. She is the granddaughter of Portuguese immigrants whose migratory way stations included Rio de Janeiro, Ponta Delgada, Beira Alta and Providence, Rhode Island.

This event is made possible by the Rezendes, Marcelino and Barreira Lecture Series Fund, generously established by Mr. Dennis Rezendes to promote education among Portuguese-Americans. The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives houses The Dennis Rezendes Azorean Ancestral and Personal Life Collection.

For further information, contact Melissa Costa at 508-999-8255 or e-mail