From UMass Lowell University Relations:
UMass Lowell Center for Portuguese Partnerships: Kick-Off Reading & Reception March 28
By Julia Gavin
With its global focus and strong community support, the University will soon launch a new Center for Portuguese Partnerships. The Center, supported in part by a generous gift from Mark ’81 and Elisia Saab, will connect the University with the Portuguese culture both in Lowell and abroad.
“The establishment of the Center is timely as it supports our goals to strengthen links and learn from the communities that surround us, and to internationalize the University experiences,” says Dean Luis Falcόn of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Falcόn says that the Center will work closely with UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Portuguese Studies to sponsor local events, offer study abroad programs and coordinate faculty collaborations with Portuguese universities in Lisbon and Braga. The Center will also offer Portuguese language and culture courses through the Cultural Studies department.
“The Center will be the perfect platform for our faculty and students to connect to Portuguese communities in Lowell and in Portugal,” says Falcόn.
The Saab family’s gift will establish a fellowship in Portuguese studies associated with the Center. Connecting the University with the Portuguese culture is important to the Saabs.
“I am personally committed to growing opportunities within the local Portuguese community,” Elisia Saab says. “There is a large and vibrant local Portuguese population and the UMass Lowell fellowship will enrich local Portuguese studies, assist community members in gaining a deeper understanding of the culture and help the Portuguese community preserve its heritage.”
The Center will be officially launched on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at a reception with Portuguese food, music and literature at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Author Anthony Barcellos will read from his novel, “Land of Milk and Money,” which is the story of a Portuguese family’s journey from immigrant farmers to American agriculture powers. Chancellor Marty Meehan, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman, and Paulo Cunha Alves, Consul General of Portugal in Boston will make the official announcement to open the Center.
The program is presented by Dean Falcόn and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with the University Advancement Office and Center for Arts and Ideas, in collaboration with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth.
To attend, please RSVP by March 21 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-934-2957. For more information on the Center and future programming, visitUMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas.