University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan has approved the renewal of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture for an additional five years.
In a prepared statement Chancellor Robert E. Johnson remarked, “the Center will continue to be the nation’s preeminent university-based organization devoted to promoting and sharing the culture of the Lusophone world.”
A new Advisory Council was selected. Members include: Nélia Alves-Guimarães, President of the House of the Azores in New England; João Caixinha, Deputy Coordinator for the Portuguese Language Programs and Education Affairs in U.S., Camões Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, IP; Joseph Cordeiro, Chief of Police, City of New Bedford; Nuno Couto, Founder and Managing Partner, Optimal Partners; Helena DaSilva Hughes, Executive Director, Immigrants’ Assistance Center; Gerard Kavanaugh, Senior Vice Chancellor, UMass Dartmouth; Manuel J. Louro, State Council President, Prince Henry Society; Joseph Medina, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, UMass Dartmouth; Victor Mendes, Director, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture; Glivânia de Oliveira, Consul-General of Brazil in Boston; Sarah Quintal, President of the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society; and Carlos Wahnon Veiga, Cape Verdean Ambassador.
The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, established originally in 1975, is a major component of UMass Dartmouth’s commitment to the study and dissemination of knowledge about Portuguese culture. The Center’s Tagus Press is recognized as a leader in bringing Portuguese literature, history, and culture to an English-speaking audience.
The university is also home to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, a comprehensive collection of materials related to the Portuguese-American experience as well as the Department of Portuguese, which oversees undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level academic programs.