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

------- EVENT CANCELLED -------

517 Years of Colonial Ghosts (*)

by Portuguese Journalist & Novelist Alexandra Lucas Coelho

November 13, 2017 (Monday), at 5:00 pm

Liberal Arts Building, room 397 D (Please use parking lot 1)

Flyer of the event (pdf format)

Alexandra Lucas Coelho
Alexandra Lucas Coelho, Portuguese Journalist
and Novelist

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Portuguese journalist and author Alexandra Lucas Coelho will NOT be at the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture this Monday, November 13th. This event has been CANCELLED.

The lecture will be rescheduled for February 2018.

Stay tuned for more details.


The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press in collaboration with The PhD Program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory, The Department of Portuguese, The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, and the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford proudly present:

"517 Years of Colonial Ghosts" (This lecture will be in english)
Portuguese Journalist and Novelist Alexandra Lucas Coelho

November 13, 2017 (Monday), at 5:00 pm
Liberal Arts Building, room 397 D (Please use parking lot 1)

Light refreshments will be served

Bio. Alexandra Lucas Coelho worked as a reporter, covering conflict zones from the USSR to the Middle East and Central Asia, for more than twenty years. She lived in Jerusalem and Rio de Janeiro as a correspondent for Portugal's Público newspaper. With her first novel, E a Noite Roda (And the Night Spins, 2012), a failed love story set in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Alexandra Lucas Coelho received the Portuguese Association of Writers' prestigious literary prize. Her second novel, 0 Meu Amante de Domingo (My Sunday Lover, 2014), a short satire, was translated into French by Éditions du Seuil. In 2016 she published her third novel, Deus-Dará (Left to God), set in contemporary Rio de Janeiro and chronicling 500 years of colonial history. She has also published five non-fiction books: Oriente Próximo (Near East, 2007), Caderno Afegão (Afghan Notebook, 2009), Viva Mexico (2010), Tahrir (2011), and Vai, Brasil (Go, Brazil, 2013).  

Abstract. The talk will focus on Alexandra Lucas Coelho's most recent novel, Deus-Dará (Left to God), which crosses five centuries of history between Portugal and Brazil. In this 568-page narrative, set in contemporary Rio de Janeiro, the author unburies some ghosts of the colonial history that connects Portugal and Brazil, including the killing of at least one million Amerindians and what was by far the longest and largest experience of slave traffic between Europe, Africa, and America. She will speak to why and how she came to write this book; why and how Portugal became the biggest slave-trading power in the Atlantic Ocean; why and how this is connected to the present and the future; the resistance to this debate in Portugal in 2017; the novel as a transgender text: structure, language and resources; the novel as a terreiro (the grounds of the Afro-Brazilian religions where ancestors, spirits and divinities are embodied); the narrator as a xamã (the person who connects with ancestors, spirits and divinities among the Brazilian Amerindians).

For more information: Prof. Victor Mendes:

(*) This lecture will be in english