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 - 2016

UMass Dartmouth’s PhD in Portuguese Lecture Series 2015-2016

"God and the Kitchen"*, a lecture by José Tolentino de Mendonça

Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
(Claire T. Carney Library Building)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Free and open to the public. Parking lot 13
(*This lecture will be in Portuguese)

Lecture Flyer (pdf)

Jose Tolentino de Mendonca
The portuguese poet and thelogian, José
Teolentino de Mendonça

Abstract. The topic “God and the Kitchen” was raised by Saint Teresa in The Book of Foundations, where she makes the unexpected remark: “You must understand that even in the kitchen, among pots and pans, is the Lord.” The connection between kitchen and religion is an evident and commonly encountered reality. The Bible, for example, suggests an affinity between reading and eating that is not just metaphorical: the Bible is literally to be eaten. To look closely at the kitchen in the Bible is not an extravagant proposition; neither is the challenge to translate the Bible by carrying over its tastes instead of its words.

José Tolentino de Mendonça (born in Madeira) is a Portuguese scholar and poet. Since 2004, he has been teaching about the New Testament, Pauline and Johannine Writings, Synoptic Gospels, and Catholic Acts and Epistles at the Portuguese Catholic University, where he has also held the position of Vice Chancellor since 2012. He is the coordinator of the Bible translation project (New Testament section) undertaken by the Portuguese Episcopal Conference. He began studying theology in 1982 and was ordained priest in 1990. He obtained a Masters degree in Biblical Sciences in Rome and a PhD in Biblical Theology (2004) at the Portuguese Catholic University. His research interests include the table as a place of construction of the origins of Christianity, perspectives on the body in early Christianity, alterity and identity (the representation of the other and the self in the origins of Christianity), new mappings of God in literature and religion, and contemporary theopoetics in the Portuguese-speaking world. His most recent theological essays are O Hipopótamo de Deus (2013), Nenhum Caminho Será Longo (2012), and O Tesouro Escondido: Para uma Arte da Procura Interior (2011, translated into English in 2014). His first poetry book (Longe não Sabia) was released in 1997 and the most recent, A Noite Abre Meus Olhos, in 2014. His academic and literary works have been translated into English, French, Italian and German.

Where: Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (Claire T. Carney Library Building)
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Free and open to the public. Parking lot 13

Sponsored by UMass Dartmouth’s Department of Portuguese & the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, and the Portuguese Consulate in New Bedford.

For further information, please contact Victor K. Mendes, vmendes@umassd.edu, x8338

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