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 - 2012

Ambassador of Portugal to the US to help launch UMass in Lisbon at UMass Dartmouth, April 3

Amb. Nuno Brito to hold formal ceremony at UMass Dartmouth main campus as part of first visit to the SouthCoast

April 3, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, UMass Dartmouth

Event free and open to the public

Ambassador Nuno Brito
Portugal’s Ambassador to the United
States, Nuno Brito

Portugal’s Ambassador to the United States, Nuno Brito, will formally launch the UMass in Lisbon study abroad program with the announcement of a major new sponsor next week as part of his first visit to the SouthCoast.

"Ambassador Brito's visit to the University and formal announcement of the UMass in Lisbon program show the deep ties between Portugal, southeastern Massachusetts and UMass Dartmouth,” said Dr. Frank Sousa, Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, who pointed out that close to forty percent of the population of the region of Portuguese descent.

UMass in Lisbon is the only residential study-abroad program in Portugal developed by a US university, and is directed by Prof. Michael Baum, chairman of the UMass Dartmouth Political Science Department.

Amb. Brito will announce a new sponsor for UMass in Lisbon at an ceremony at 11 a.m. on April 3 at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives on campus: TAP, Portugal’s national airline.

The event is free and open to the public.

Also participating in the event will be Jose Manuel Coelho, general manager of TAP North America, and Drs. Mário Mesquita and Miguel Vaz of the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD).

FLAD is the major sponsor of UMass in Lisbon, and in the past has underwritten, in part, most of the Portuguese programs on campus, including the Summer Program in Portuguese, the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, the Graduate Programin Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory, and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.

"Ambassador Brito will likely express Portugal's gratitude to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for promoting good relations between Portugal and the United States,” added Prof. Baum. “We are proud to welcome him as we prepare to kick off the UMass in Lisbon Study Abroad program this September.”

More about UMass in Lisbon
UMass in Lisbon is the only residential study-abroad program in Portugal run by a U.S. university, and the perfect gateway to learning about the European Union and the world's 200 million Portuguese speakers. With UMass courses taught by UMass faculty, UMass in Lisbon participants may spend either a semester or year abroad for the same price they would pay studying on campus at UMass Dartmouth, including the cost of housing, a reduced-price meal plan, transport in Lisbon, field trips, and a Portuguese cell phone. Interested students can learn more at about UMass in Lisbon at