UMD / Library of Congress to Present International Colloquium on CapeVerde and Mozambique

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS - The Hispanic Division, the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, present an international colloquium on contemporary Lusophone African literatures and cultures. This international colloquium, Contemporary Lusophone African Literatures and Cultures: Cape Verde and Mozambique, will be held at the Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119) in Washington D.C., on Friday, February 6, 1:30-5:00 PM.

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS - The Hispanic Division, the African and Middle Eastern Division, and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, present an international colloquium on contemporary Lusophone African literatures and cultures. This international colloquium, Contemporary Lusophone African Literatures and Cultures: Cape Verde and Mozambique, will be held at the Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119) in Washington D.C., on Friday, February 6, 1:30-5:00 PM. 

The keynote address will be delivered by the Honorable Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil and currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. 

Organized by Dr. Frank F. Sousa, director of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the colloquium (and launching of two volumes of the journal Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies) is co-sponsored by the Luso-American Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde, and Rutgers University, New Brunswick. 

Welcoming remarks will be given by the Heads of the Hispanic and Africa and Middle Eastern Divisions of the Library of Congress; the Cape Verdean Minister of Culture, Jorge Tolentino Araújo; Dr. Rui Machete, president of the Luso-American Foundation; the Dean of Humanities at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, as well as UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. 

“The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is proud of its relationship with the Republic of Cape Verde, the Luso-American Foundation, Rutgers University and, for the second time in four years, with the Library of Congress. Our collaboration reflects an abiding commitment to academic excellence, cultural diversity and the discovery of new and exciting knowledge,” said UMD Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack.

The Honorable José Brito, Ambassador of the Republic of Cape Verde, will moderate the first panel, which will focus PLCS 8: Cape Verde: Language, Literature and Music, a publication of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Also on the panel is the Honorable Manuel Veiga, novelist and essayist and Member of Cape Verdean Parliament. 

“Comprised of over 500 pages, PLCS 8 is one of the most comprehensive works ever published on Cape Verde,” according to Center Director Dr. Frank F. Sousa. “We are honored to launch this volume in the Library of Congress, the great and wonderful library of the American people. This event would not be possible without the generous support of the Luso-American Foundation, the Cape Verdean Ministry of Culture and the University.” 

Following a brief intermission, the Honorable Armando Panguene, Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique, will moderate the second panel, which will focus on Portuguese Literary & Culture 10: Reevaluating Mozambique. The panel includes a presentation by the acclaimed Mozambican writer Lilia Momplé, author of several novels, including No One Killed Suhara and The Eyes of the Green Cobra. 

Victor J. Mendes, Editor of the Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies will make the closing remarks. 

Following immediately thereafter is a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde. 

The Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies is a multilingual peer-reviewed journal published twice yearly by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

Founded in 1996, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is a multidisciplinary international and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world, comprised of over 200 million people in eight countries on four continents. 

For additional information about the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the journal Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, please visit www.portstudies.umassd.edu or call 508-999-8255. 


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