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

UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture Director's Friday Message

UMassD Center for Portuguese Director's Friday Message (pdf)

UMassD Center for Portuguese Director's Friday Message
The May 2017 UMass Dartmouth Portuguese
visiting team at the University of the Azores,
pictured with UAç hosts

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Friday, June 30, 2017

Dear Friend of Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth and in our Commonwealth:

Kudos to Tagus Press Director, Christopher Larkosh, and Managing Editor, Mario Pereira, for their successful efforts to provide an all-expenses-paid study trip to the Azores for UMass Dartmouth students, with over $6,700 in external funding from the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD). The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC) co-sponsored, in part, this UMass Dartmouth Portuguese mission to the Azores, May 2017. Both graduate and undergraduate students had ample time to read and discuss books published by Tagus Press, especially works of fiction from the emerging canon of Portuguese-American literature. A lecture by Prof. Larkosh at the
University of the Azores was well attended by students and faculty alike, and allowed for a discussion of multiple points of cultural contact between Azorean culture and the diverse Portuguese-speaking communities of southern New England. Meetings with university administrators resulted in a number of possible opportunities for cooperation through Tagus Press publications and programs in the Department of Portuguese and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. All agreed that the initiative set the stage for greater cooperation and a friendlier relationship between the two universities, which can only benefit from more effective lines of direct communication and identifying common educational objectives in the humanities and
social sciences. Visits to natural sites were also of educational benefit to the group, especially the site of the Capelinhos volcanic eruption, which led to greater Azorean immigration to our region and intensifying cultural exchange in both directions.
Visiting several small villages on the islands of Faial, Pico and São Miguel allowed students to get a sense of traditional rural life in the archipelago.


Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies Fall 2017:

In May, the CPSC Committee for the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies met to consider this year's applications for AY 2017-18. The committee reviewed carefully, evaluated, and
ranked the candidates, and voted to recommend Professor Miguel Tamen, University of Lisbon, as the Endowed Chair recipient for Fall 2017. The entire CPSC Executive Board had a few days to review the applications, the selection process, and the
outcome. The appointment will run from September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Professor Tamen, chair of the program in Literary Theory and elected faculty member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Lisbon, is one of the most renowned
scholars of his generation in Portugal. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota (1989). Among his single-author monographs in English are Manners of Interpretation: The Ends of Argument in Literary Studies (SUNY,
1993), The Matter of the Facts: On Invention and Interpretation (Stanford, 2000), Friends of Interpretable Objects (Harvard, 2001), and What Art Is Like, in Constant Reference to Alice Books (Harvard, 2015). While at UMass Dartmouth, Professor Tamen's home will be the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Department of Portuguese. During his time at UMass Dartmouth he will (1) teach a graduate seminar, POR 650: Comparative Studies in the Portuguese speaking World; (2) give a public lecture; and (3) collaborate in the Center's academic activities.

After the November 11, 2016 election of a new CPSC leadership, the two key developments have been the approval of the Center's revised bylaws (a project in the making since 2013) and the announcement of the CPSC Advisory Council. I post
links to both below.

April 15, 2017 CPSC revised bylaws:
June 24, 2017 new Advisory Council:

I hope to be able to write to you soon about the forthcoming and exciting books to be published by CPSC/Tagus Press, one of which is already being printed at Reynolds DeWalt.

Grateful for your understanding and support,