Portuguese American Journal

Community: Frank Sousa joins Board of Directors – PALCUS

Professor Frank Sousa, founding director of the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of World Languages and Culture, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS).

In a prepared statement, Professor Sousa stated, “I am delighted to serve on the Board of Director of PALCUS, the only nationwide organization that promotes Portuguese-American heritage and culture, while striving to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Portugal.”

Established in 199, PALCUS serves as a national voice for Portuguese-Americans, advocating for their interests and promoting their advancement economically, professionally, culturally and politically.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures as well as several minors related to the study of various languages and/or their unique culture.

Dr. Frank Sousa, who serves as Portuguese Program Coordinator and Professor of Portuguese at UMass Lowell, is a highly regarded expert on Eça de Queirós, Portugal’s best known and most translated novelist of the 19th century. He is the author of the often-cited O Segredo de Eça: ideologia e ambiguidade em A cidade e as Serras and was Fulbright Scholar at the National Library in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1989-90 and 1995.

  • Medalha de Merito (2010) – Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores
  • Educator of the Year Award (2000) – Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
  • president’s community service award (2000) – umass dartmouth
  • President’s Community Service Award (2000) – University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Comendador da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique Award (1996) – Government of Portugal
  • Commendation (1995) – State of Massachusetts
  • Fulbright Fellowship (1995) – Biblioteca Nacional- Lisbon, Portugal

Source: University of Massachusetts Lowell

Editor’s Pick

Eça de Queirós (1845-1940) novel is a hymn to country life: ‘The City and The Mountains’ satirizes the emptiness of city life and of modernity itself. Wonderfully funny, it bubbles with joie de vivre. Born in Paris, Jacinto is the heir to a vast estate in Portugal which he has never visited. He mixes with the creme de la creme of Paris society, but is monumentally bored. 

With great trepidation, Jacinto sets off with his best friend, the narrator, on the mammoth train journey through France and Spain to Portugal.

Translated by the acclaimed translator Margaret Jull Costa, New Directions is proud to publish ‘The City and The Mountains’ and to once again bring Eça de Queirós’ brilliant prose to life.

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