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

UMassD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press
Director's Friday Message

November 10, 2017

victor mendes
Victor K. Mendes
Director, Center for Portuguese Studies and
Culture (CPSC)
Director, PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies
and Theory (LABST)

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

We had a number of very productive weeks at the CPSC/Tagus Press, with virtually no time for Director's Friday Messages. We e-mail you with event announcements and list them on our website . The MP3 interviews with our guests have been very successful with national and international audiences. Our sound engineer is preparing a few more. Please stay tuned.

After the November 11, 2016 election of a new CPSC leadership, the three key developments have been the approval of the Center's revised bylaws, the announcement of the CPSC Advisory Council, and the CPSC Office Conduct Guidelines.

Grateful for your understanding and support,
Victor Mendes


Event Information

Glivânia de Oliveira

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 2:00PM, we are hosting a distinguished member of our CPSC/TP Advisory Council, Ambassador Glivânia de Oliveira, now serving as Consul General of Brazil in Boston, for a meet and greet with our Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Amy Shapiro, our Brazilian and Brazilianist faculty, UMassD Brazilian and Brazilian-descended students, and all the interested others. We try our best to include everyone present in the photo op.

For more information, please consult the event flyer.


Cláudia Martins

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 4:00PM, in collaboration with the UMassD Department of Portuguese and the Consulate General of Brazil in Boston, we are screening the Brazilian film The Storytellers (Narradores de Javé), directed by Eliane Jaffe, at the UMassD Claire T. Carney Library, room 314.This film is spoken in Portuguese with English subtitles. Prof. Dário Borim Jr. (Dept. of Portuguese) will chair a discussion to follow the screening.For more details, please consult the event flyer.


consulado de portugal em new bedford

On Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:30PM, we will host, in collaboration with the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, the traditional CPSC/Tagus Press Annual Holiday Gathering at the Consulate. Among other good reasons to join us at the gathering are tasty Portuguese food, a raffle for a round-trip flight to Portugal, musical performance, and a discount sale on hardcover copies of A Children's History of Portugal. Come celebrate with us!


Victoria Saramago

On Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:00PM, we will present what promises to be a very stimulating ecocritical interpretation of the most prominent Portuguese-language woman writer of all time, Brazil's Clarice Lispector. Professor Victoria Saramago from the University of Chicago will speak about "Besieged Plots: Urbanization and Non-Human Agency in Clarice Lispector's The Besieged City." For more information and the flyer, please consult our website


A Children s History of Portugal

We are working on two book launchings of A Children's History of Portugal for early December. The first one will be on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 6:00PM, at the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, DC, in collaboration with Georgetown University. There are reasonably-priced flights to DC these days and Dupont Circle is a very friendly neighborhood. Hope to see you there. The second launching will take place at King's College London, in close collaboration with the Embassy of Portugal in the United Kingdom. Please join us at King's on Monday, December 11, 2017, at 3:00PM. It would be great to see you there.