Contraponto interview with Prof. Alberto Pena Rodríguez, author of "News on the American Dream: A History of the Portuguese Press in the United States"

Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 11:00 am. Listen live at 97.3FM,, WJFD Radio App or iHeart Radio!

Contraponto 16 Maio 2021

Dear Friends,

Please join us and tune in to WJFD Radio FM for Contraponto, a program series sponsored by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Luso-American Development Foundation.   

This Sunday, May 16, at 11:00 am, Irene Amaral will welcome Professor Alberto Pena Rodríguez (University of Vigo) for a discussion of News on the American Dream: A History of the Portuguese Press in the United States (Tagus Press, 2020).

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News on the American Dream traces the development of the Portuguese-American press from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century to the present, taking readers from the East Coast to Hawaii, with strategic stops in places with large Portuguese-speaking communities, such as New Bedford, Oakland, and Newark. This nuanced analysis of the political, economic, social, and cultural roles played by these publications demonstrates their importance to the Portuguese-American community and the history of the ethnic press in the United States. Fascinating narratives about the founders, editors, and owners of these publications—and their challenges, squabbles, and successes—round out this engaging and meticulously researched study that offers a unique perspective on the history of the Portuguese diaspora in the United States.

Alberto Pena Rodríguez is associate professor of media studies at the University of Vigo (Spain). In 2013 he was the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies in the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and in 2017 he was the Michael Teague FLAD/ Brown Visiting Professor in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Salazar y el fascismo español. Propaganda franquista y salazarista en la colonia española en Portugal (1933-1939).

News on the American Dream​, translated by Serena J. Rivera with Gloria Sá and with a foreword by Frank F. Sousa, is volume 27 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series, edited by Francisco Cota Fagundes (UMass Amherst) and Ricardo Rosa (UMass Dartmouth). To purchase News on the American Dream, please visit the University of Massachusetts Press website by clicking HERE. The book can also be purchased on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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