UMass Dartmouth welcomes Dr. Jorge Tolentino

Dr. Tolentino will give a lecture on “U.S. Cabo Verde Relations: The construction of a historic and strategic partnership.”

Dr. Jorge Tolentino, author, ambassador, career diplomat, and jurist joins us on the campus of UMass Dartmouth for a lecture on March 19.

UMass Dartmouth’s Cape Verdean Student Association proudly presents Dr. Jorge Tolentino for a lecture on “U.S. Cabo Verde Relations: The construction of a historic and strategic partnership.” The lecture takes place Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5-6:30 pm, in the Board of Trustees Conference Room 333, Foster Administration Building on the campus of UMass Dartmouth. 

About Dr. Tolentino

Born in Mindelo, Island of S. Vincente, Cabo Verde in 1963, Dr. Tolentino earned his law degree at the Faculty of Law–University of Coimbra, Portugal. As an author, jurist, and career diplomat, he has fulfilled many critical roles in the government of Cabo Verde. He has served as Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and as an advisor to former President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro. As a representative of Cabo Verde, he has served as Ambassador to Germany, Finland, the Czech Republic, and Spain.

Dr. Tolentino is a member of the Capeverdean Academy of Letters, a founding member of the Capeverdean Society of Authors, and a member of the Executive Board of the Capeverdean Writers Association.

In addition to penning several books, Dr. Tolentino has garnered various prestigious awards, including the National Prize of Literature marking the fifth anniversary of the National Independence, the Medal of Distinguished Services by the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde, and the Order of Naval Merit (Grand Officer) by the Federative Republic of Brazil.  

About Cape Verde

Strategically located in the mid-Atlantic, Cape Verde is a central U.S. partner and celebrated nation in the Lusophone world. The country, which gained its independence from Portugal in 1975, remains one of the most developed and democratic countries in Africa.

In 2016, Bridgwater State University established the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater State University to celebrate, preserve, and advance Cape Verdean culture and its relationship to the world locally and in the diaspora. This event is in collaboration with the Pedro Pires Institute.

Event details

Free and open to the university community and public. For more information, contact Ricardo Rosa or Carol Spencer-Monteiro. Co-sponsored by Black Studies, the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture/Tagus Press, CITS, Office for Student Success, Political Science, Public Policy Department, and UMass School of Law School.



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