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

"The Character in Journalism Revisited"

Lecture on the Concept of Character in Journalism by Mário Mesquita

April 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM, Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
(UMD Library Building), UMass Dartmouth

Event free and open to the public
Lecture in Portuguese

Mario Mesquita
Dr. Mário Mesquita, Professor of Media
Studies and Administrator of the
Luso-American Foundation

The UMD Graduate Program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, in collaboration with the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, the Department of Portuguese, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, cordially invites you to a lecture announces a lecture, "The Character in Journalism Revisited" by Dr. Mário Mesquita, Professor of Media Studies and Administrator of the Luso-American Foundation. The lecture - in portuguese, free and open to the public - will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (UMD Library Building), Parking lot 13.

Abstract. The concept of character, traditionally discussed with reference to the literary analysis of fictional texts, may also serve as a useful analytic tool in the context of non-fictional writing, such as the narratives of history or journalism. The relevance of introducing the notion of character into critical analyses of journalistic texts is intensified in the present by the growing personalization both of political and social life and of media discourses. This talk relies on contributions from the field of literary theory and media studies to map out the conditions and the implications of the construction of characters in journalistic practice.

Dr. Mário Mesquita teaches Journalism and Media Studies at the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social and at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) in Lisbon. He completed graduate studies in journalism and media at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He was the executive editor of two daily papers, Diário de Notícias (1978-86) and Diário de Lisboa (1989-90), vice-president of the Press Council, and the ombudsman of Diário de Notícias (1996-97). Following the Portuguese democratic Revolution, he was elected Member of the National Constituent Assembly (1975) and Member of Parliament (1976-78). He is the author of several books and articles on journalism and media, including the influential O quarto equívoco. O poder dos media na sociedade contemporânea (2003). He has received journalism prizes from the Portuguese Press Club (1986), the Casa da Imprensa (1987), and the Clube dos Jornalistas (1998).

For more information, please contact Victor K. Mendes, tel. 508-999-8338.

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