The University and the Community: The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
Wednesday 5th October, 16:00 - 17:00, Room 2.18
As part of the Borders & Bodies research theme at the School, visiting guest speakers Professor Glória de Sá and Dr Sonia Pacheco from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth will be talking about how they have built up and curated a collection of material relating to the Portuguese-American community across the USA.
Despite being largely concentrated in a few urban industrial cities of the Northeast, where they have been the major ethnic group for over a century, until recently, Portuguese Americans have remained largely invisible and powerless in their communities of settlement. This presentation explores how the establishment of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the programs and initiatives it has undertaken are contributing to an enhanced sense of empowerment and identity among the Portuguese in the U.S. while preserving and connecting them to Portuguese-American heritage.
Further information about the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives can be accessed via the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA: http://www.lib.umassd.edu/paa
M. Gloria de Sá has a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University and is associate professor of sociology and faculty director of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA. Her research interests intersect the fields of immigration, race and ethnicity as they relate to Portuguese-speaking groups in the United States, with a particular focus on the adjustment process of Portuguese-Americans and other Portuguese-speaking groups.
Sonia Pacheco is the librarian archivist for the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with over twelve years experience as an information and heritage professional. She has an Honours Bachelors degree in English and History and Masters degree in Information Studies (Archives focus), both from the University of Toronto. She also received a Masters degree in History (University of Massachusetts Boston), and her thesis looked at illegal Azorean emigration to the United States during the period of 1896-1911). She is interested in exploring the relationships between archives and libraries in immigrant communities, capturing and preserving community memory, and the relationship between first generation immigrants and their off-spring.
The event will be followed by a wine reception in the foyer of the School of Modern Languages between 17:00 and 18:00.