UMass Dartmouth International Colloquium will focus on social movements and civic engagement in the Portuguese-speaking world

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DARTMOUTH – Scholars and authors from the Portuguese-speaking world who are using the power of the written word to promote political and social change will gather April 8-9 on the South Coast for an international colloquium organized by the Center for Studies and of Portuguese Culture from UMass Dartmouth.

Prominent Portuguese novelist and author Lidia Jorge and acclaimed Brazilian writer, educator and literary critic Noemi Jaffe will be among the remarkable list of colloquium participants who will take part in several panels and roundtables centered on the theme “Social Movements and Civic Engagement in the Portuguese language”. World.”

Other participants include Victor Barros, researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History at NOVA University in Lisbon; Marçal de Menezes Paredes, researcher and professor in Lusophone Studies and Lusophone African Studies at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; and Yvette dos Santos, researcher at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities of the NOVA University of Lisbon.

“The impact of social movements and civic engagement within and across national borders is a hot topic. One that deserves further consideration,” said Paula Noversa, director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. “The aim of the colloquium is to bring together people from different fields such as writers, academics and politicians to discuss the multifaceted aspects of social movements and civic engagement across the Portuguese-speaking world.”

The symposium will open on Friday April 8 at the Whaling Museum with three panels and a formal dinner.

Noversa will deliver the keynote address at 9:30 a.m. at the Cook Memorial Theater.

It will be followed by a panel discussion on “Brazilian digital literature: writers as agents of social change” moderated by Elizabeth Lowe, author, translator and professor at New York University and Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/ Luso American Development Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at UMass Dartmouth.

Panelists will include renowned Brazilian author moderator JP Cuenca; writer Noemi Jaffe; Assistant Professor Paulo Dutra of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico; and Leila Lehnen, chair of Portuguese and Brazilian studies at Brown University.

After lunch, a second panel will deal with “Social Movements in Portuguese-speaking Africa”, starting at 1:15 p.m. It will be moderated by John Fobanjong, a professor in the Department of Political Science at UMass Dartmouth. Panelists will include: Eric Morier-Genoud, Lecturer in African History at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso American Development Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the UMass Dartmouth last semester; Marcal Paredes and Victor Barros.

The final panel will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss “Civic Engagement and Activism in Portugal.” It will be moderated by Daniela Melo, professor of social sciences at Boston University. Panelists will include Ana Sofia Ferreira, researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History at NOVA University in Lisbon; Tiago Fernandes, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Researcher at the Center for International Studies (CEI) of the University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE (Portugal); and Ana Prata, a professor in the sociology department at California State University – Northridge.

On Saturday, April 9, the symposium will move to Charlton College of Business on the UMass Dartmouth campus.

A panel discussion on “The Female Voice in Portuguese Literature” will begin at 10:30 a.m. in room CCB 149. It will be moderated by Patricia Martinho Ferreira, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at UMass Amherst. Panelists will include Lidia Jorge, Noemi Jaffe and novelist Dina Salustio, the first Cape Verdean woman to translate a novel into English.

After lunch, a panel will meet at 1:15 p.m. in room CCB 149 to discuss “Civic Engagement and Activism in the Portuguese Diaspora”. It will be moderated by Paula Noversa. Panelists will include Daniela Melo; Yvette dos Santos; Gilberto Fernandes, visiting professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto.

At 2:45 p.m., a round table will address “Public service as civic engagement within the Portuguese diaspora”. It will be moderated by Paula Noversa. Panelists will include: Cong. Jim Costa (California) who will provide a pre-recorded message; State Senator Michael Rodrigues (Massachusetts); State Representative António FD Cabral (Mass.); State Representative David Vieira (Massachusetts); Selectwoman Meagan English Braga (Falmouth, Mass.); and State Senator Jessica de la Cruz (RI).

The symposium will end around 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration for the conference is preferable. Interested individuals should send an email with their name, affiliation (if applicable) and attendance dates to [email protected] with the subject “CPSC Colloquium Registration”.

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