Colloquium on Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture In Massachusetts

Colloquium on Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture In Massachusetts hosted by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture and The Center for Policy Analysis

March 8, 2003 Colloquium on Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture In Massachusetts hosted by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture and The Center for Policy Analysis 

The UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Center for Policy Analysis will host a colloquium on Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture in Massachusetts on Saturday, March 8, 2003 from 9:30AM - 12:30PM in the Library Reading Area. The colloquium is open to the general public at no charge. Parking is available in Lot 13. 

The colloquium will provide a timely forum for discussion by noted scholars and policy makers to initiate the process of introducing Portuguese studies into U.S. social science scholarship on ethnic studies, a long overdue topic of inquiry. Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture in Massachusetts, an original scholarly analysis of Portuguese Americans' political culture, will be launched at the colloquium. The volume, edited by Professor Clyde W. Barrow of the Center for Policy Analysis, is the inaugural issue of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The objective of the Series is to enhance understanding of Portuguese-Americans by documenting the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience through the publication of academic monographs and works of creative writing. Future volumes will address economic, educational, and leadership issues of Portuguese-Americans. 

The book, the first systematic scholarly analysis of Portuguese-Americans' political culture published since Dr. Rita Marinho's landmark 1977 study, Luso-Americans in the American Political Process, focuses on Portuguese-Americans' political and civic participation, educational attainment, economic status, and attitudes regarding controversial cultural and social issues. Contributing authors to Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture in Massachusetts include David R. Borges and Shawna E. Sweeney, senior research associates at the Center for Policy Analysis, and Dr. Rita Marinho at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. 

Speakers at the colloqulum include: Dr. Jean F. MacCormack, Chancellor; Thomas J. Curry, Provost; Pedro Bicudo, RTP (Portuguese Public Television), Washington Correspondent;Antonio Cabral, State Representative, 13~ Bristol District; Robert Correia, State Representative, 7~ Bristol District; Dr. Jose Cruz, Associate Professor of Political Science and Latino Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York; Jeffrey Gerson, Professor of Political Science, UMass Lowell; James McGlinchey, Coordinator, Portuguese American Citizenship Project Coordinate; John Quinn, State Representative, 9~ Bristol District; Marc Pacheco, State Senator, lst Plymouth and Bristol District; Michael Rodrigues, State Representative, 8 Bristol District 

For more information, contact Gina Reis at the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at 508-999-9270 or visit www.portstudies.umassd.edu/activities.htm. 


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