Azores President presents $100K to UMass Dartmouth Portugese-American archives
Government of the
The announcement was followed by the launching of the 11th volume of the
"Our university and our region have been enriched by the culture, the literature, the music, the food, and the business that your people have brought to our communities," Chancellor MacCormack said during the grant award ceremony held at Palácio da Conceição in the
"The project to create a permanent home for the Portuguese-American Archive is a crucial new step for the study and the promotion of the role played by the Portuguese, in general, and the Azorean immigrants, in particular, in the development of the
- A new archives facility, due to open later this year in a prominent area of the university's library, that will document the contributions of the Portuguese, in general, and the Azorean immigrant experience, in particular, in the development of the United States. Under the agreement, the Azorean government will assist the university in the design of this climate-controlled, museum-quality space.
- The hiring of an archivist and two professors in the area of Portuguese-American Studies. These professionals will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, while coordinating programs, publications, and exhibits. They will also digitize archival collections for sharing with global audiences via the internet.
- Creation of a PhD program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies, to start accepting students in September. The program was approved by the UMass Board of Trustees last week and is awaiting final approval by the Massachusetts Board of High Education.
- The Portuguese in the Americas Series book series, drawing in part from materials in the Archives. The series includes Alfred Lewis's novel Sixty Acres and a Barn and Jerry R. Williams' In Pursuit of Their Dreams: A History of Azorean Immigration to the
The launching of the 530-page Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies journal took place at the University of the
The journal includes translations of Nemésio's poetry and short stories, in addition to more than 30 articles and reviews by some of the most important Portuguese essayists today, among which Óscar Lopes, Vasco Graça Moura and Maria Alzira Seixo, Onesimo T. Almeida, Carlos Reis, and João de Melo. The publication includes an exhaustive bibliography of and about Antero de Quental in English, by George Monteiro.
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