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 - 2014

Book Event: Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoir

Another City Upon a Hill: A New
Another City Upon a Hill: A New
England Memoir
by Joseph A. Confort

On Thursday February 20, 2014, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will host historian Joseph Conforti who will read from and sign his latest book titled Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoir, which was published by Tagus Press, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture at UMD.  The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 PM in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives. Light refreshments will be served.

Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoiris, according to Pulitzer-Prize-for-history winner and Brown University professor Gordon Wood, an “expert historian's wonderfully honest memoir about growing up in Fall River, the city of 'hills, mills, and dinner pails'. It is an authentic American story, beautifully told."

Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoiris both a personal story and a portrait of Fall River, Massachusetts, once the cotton cloth capital of America. In it, Conforti, whose mother was Portuguese and whose father was Italian, recounts how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered.

Joseph Conforti is Distinguished Professor of American and New England Studies Emeritus at University of Southern Maine. He is the author of six books, including Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America and the acclaimed Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-twentieth Century. He has been distinguished with many honors and awards, including five National Endowment for the Humanities grants for his study of American Regionalism and New England history. Currently, he is working on his seventh book—Lizzie Borden: Victorian Womanhood and Family Violence on Trial.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access, from Parking Lot 13, please follow the footpath to the library entrance, exit the building on the opposite side, and proceed to the right, to the archives’ entrance. 

For further information, contact 508-999-8684 or email