Two Portuguese and Lusophone conferences this month

The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies announces two conferences in September:

"Trans-Atlantic Relationships: Sharing Experiences in the Political and Economic Trajectories of the Azores and the State of Rhode Island"

Sept. 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, Donovan Dining Center – Faculty Center. Free and open to the public.

The conference will examine the similarities and differences between the two areas within the context of American federalism vs. European regionalism. Theoretical perspectives and empirical realities will be shared by panelists Luis Andrade and Carlos Amaral from the University of the Azores, Steven Barbosa of the Azores Chapter of the European Youth Parliament, RIC professors Francis Leazes and Michelle Brophy-Baermann, RIC visiting professor Gary Sasse, R.I. Sen. Daniel DaPonte and R.I. Rep. Helio Melo.

"Community Radio and Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau"

Friday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Alger Hall 110. Free and open to the public.

Presented in conjunction with the Pro Dignitate Foundation of Lisbon, Portugal, the conference will address the timely topic of the use of community radio as an instrument of peace in the Portuguese-speaking country of Guinea-Bissau. The uses and abuses of the airwaves in times of conflict and radio's role in conflict resolution and peace building will be examined by a host of international scholars and journalists. The conference coincides with UN Peace Week and with the celebration of Guinea-Bissau independence on Friday, Sept. 24. Special guests will include His Excellency Malam Bacai Sanha, president of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (invited), and Dr. Maria Barroso Soares, former first lady of Portugal and president of the Pro Dignitate Foundation.

For more information, contact Marie R. Fraley, Interim Director, IPLWS at (401) 456-8496/