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 - 2017

“Survival and Memory: What to Remember and What to Forget”

by the brazilian writer Noemi Jaffe

May 1, 2017 (Monday) , 5:00 pm

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (Claire T. Carney Library).

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Noemi Jaffe
Noemi Jaffe, brazilian writer

The Department of Portuguese and the Center for Jewish Culture with the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture present “Survival and Memory: What to Remember and What to Forget” by the brazilian writer Noemi Jaffe

Date: May 1, 2017 (Monday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (Claire T. Carney Library).

All are welcome!
Free and Open to the Public

Abstract. The book What are the blind men dreaming? contains my mother's diary, written while she was in quarantine in Sweden, after being rescued from Auschwitz. I've known this diary since I was a child and I've always wanted to write a book about it. But when it came to writing it, I had to confront a series of conflicts: my mother needs to forget and I want to remember. What's my right to do it? At the same time, my daughter also took part in the project. What does surviving mean to her? How am I and my mother supposed to transmit our different memories to her and to her generation? These are some of the questions I would like to discuss in our conversation.

Bio. Noemi Jaffe is an award-winning Brazilian writer whose literary career has exploded in the last five years, gaining critical acclaim and momentum worldwide, with her works being translated into nearly a dozen languages. She worked as a teacher of Brazilian Literature for more than twenty years, and concluded her academic career with a PhD on the poetry of Antonio Cicero. Her first publication, a poetry volume, was published in 2005 at the age of forty-three. At that time, she was already working as a literary reviewer for the cultural supplement of daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, and had published some books on literary theory. From then on, she started dedicating herself more and more to literature, working across several genres, including novels, short stories, essays, and creative nonfiction. Presently, Noemi Jaffe also contributes with a monthly column for the newspaper Valor Economic° and for the magazine Harper's Bazaar. She teaches a regular course on Creative Writing at Casa do Saber. She lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For more information: Prof. Glaucia Silva: gsilva@umassd.edu - www.umassd.edu/portgrad

* This lecture will be in English. Light refreshments will be served. Please use Parking Lot 13

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