Professor Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues, the Executive President of Lisbon based Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) is visiting Massachusetts on April 10th and 13th as part of a 10 day international exchange program hosted by the U.S. State Department. The stay in the United States also includes visits to New Jersey, New York City and Washington, DC.
On Monday, April 11, Professor Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues will visit the Department of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Consulate General of Portugal in New Bedford; On Tuesday, she will visit the Portuguese World Language Institute (PWLI) at Lesley University, the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), and the Consulate General of Portugal in Boston.
Over the last 25 years, Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento– Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) — has established a long list of partnerships and has projects underway to promote Portuguese language and culture at U.S. universities and within American society. FLAD also funds: science and technology research projects and centers; study grants and internship programs; support for participation in and organization of international conferences; initiatives that foster a greater understanding of public policy; and culture and the arts. Portugal’s Prime Minister appointed Professor Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues as President of the Executive Council of FLAD in May 2010.
Transatlantic Relations and Public Policy is Professor Rodrigues specialty at the Department of Political Science and Public Policy, ISCTE-Higher Institute of Labor and Business Studies, University of Lisbon.
The Massachusetts program was organized by WorldBoston a local nonprofit organization which works in conjunction with the U.S. State Department to host delegations of international visitors for cultural and professional exchanges in the Boston area.