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.

Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair

Ndalu de Almeida (“Ondjaki”), Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies 
for Fall Semester 2016

Prof. Sergio Paulo Guimarães de Sousa
Ndalu de Almeida (“Ondjaki”)

The committee for the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in PortugueseStudies met to consider this year’s applications and voted Ndalu de Almeida (“Ondjaki”) as the Endowed Chair for fall 2016. The appointment will run from September 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.

Dr. Almeida is an Angolan-born, renowned author who currently resides in Brazil. He holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Naples, Italy. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from ISCTE, in Lisbon, Portugal. As a creative writer, he has published over 20 books in different genres, including poetry, short stories, novels, and children’s literature. He has also received several literary prizes in Angola, Brazil and Portugal.

While at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Almeida’s home base will be the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Department of Portuguese. During this time period, he will 1) teach a graduate seminar, POR 650, Comparative Studies in the Portuguese-Speaking World; 2) provide a keynote address; 3) lead a short series on creative writing; and 4) collaborate in the CPSC academic/community activities.

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