Timor-Leste: Past, Present and Future

Monday, September 26, 2016
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Alger Hall 110
Rhode Island College
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Networking Luncheon and Workshop: How to Connect to Success?

Friday, April 22, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Rhode Island College
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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Rodrigo Xavier: E agora, Brasil?

Thursday, April 28, 2016
12 p.m.
Rhode Island College
Department of Modern Languages
Craig-Lee Hall 231

Fado Workshop

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Rhode Island College
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Modern Languages Speaker Series: "Hidden and Forgotten Histories"
Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Faculty Center South Dining Room
Donovan Dining Center
Rhode Island College
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Fado Workshop

Thursday, October 16th, 10:00 - 11:45 AM Alger 110, Rhode Island College Open to All Adobe PDFRead more...

An Afternoon Film Journey to the Azores Islands

Film: Viagem Autonómica. April 23, 2014 with guest speaker: Mr. João Pacheco, Conselheiro das Comunidades Portuguesas. Adobe PDFRead more...

Portuguese Conversation Hour

Português: Hora de Conversação
Come practice Portuguese in a relaxed setting. All levels of fluency! All topics of conversation!
Wednesdays 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Craig Lee 132 (Modern Languages Lounge)

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Book Presentation

Book presentation: Kicking the Sky by Canadian Author Anthony de Sa

Meet the Author: Anthony de Sa. April 3, 2014
Adams Library, Fortes Room (4th floor)

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Modern Languages Speaker Series

The Modern Languages Speaker Series at Rhode Island College and the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies present:

Dr. Kimberly DaCosta Holton (Rutgers University, Newark)
A Nova Geração de Fadistas nos E.U.A.
February 20, 2014
2:00-4:00 PM
Craig-Lee 228

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Placemaking in Action - Thursday, November 14

One day of poetry performance and conversation at Rhode Island College featuring Portuguese-American poets


Placemaking and Poetry

Alger 110

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Poetry and Nourishment

Craig-Lee 104

2:00to 4:00 p.m.

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The Modern Languages Speaker Series at Rhode Island College Presents:

Dr. Fernando Arenas (University of Michigan): "Africans and Afro-descendants in Portugal: Continuity and Ruptures from Late Medieval to Postcolonial Times"

November 8, 2012
2:00-4:00 pm
Modern Languages Lab Lounge

This lecture is part of a larger ongoing study of the cultural production related to sub-Saharan African immigrants and their descendants in contemporary Portugal. In this study, I investigate how this production reflects the changing Portuguese nation, where the boundaries between postcolonial Portugal and its former African colonies, as well as the notions of what constitutes "being African" or "being European," are being redefined. I wish to critically probe ideologies of exceptionalism such as Lusotropicalism, based on the notion of a benign and miscegenating Portuguese colonizer that have shaped the Portuguese empire and overdetermined in paradoxical and contradictory ways postcolonial Portugal. This dynamic is most apparent vis-à-vis the phenomenon of African migration, along with the ensuing emergence and growth of Afro-diasporic populations and identities, where marginalization, discrimination, and lack of citizenship have prevailed. By the same token, I aim at bringing attention to economic shifts in the power relations between Portugal and its former African colonies, especially Angola, with important geopolitical and social consequences for both countries.

Fernando Arenas is Professor of Lusophone Studies at the University of Michigan with a dual appointment in the departments of Afro-American and African Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures. His work centers on cultural expressions such as literature, film, and popular music, which he studies through an interdisciplinary and theoretical prism centering on the dyad of post-colonialism and globalization. He received his Ph.D at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994 and taught for 16 years in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Utopias of Otherness: Nationhood and Subjectivity in Portugal and Brazil (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) and co-editor together with Susan C. Quinlan of Lusosex: Gender and Sexuality in the Portuguese-Speaking World (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). He has been a visiting professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro) and at Harvard University. In 2005-06 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the completion of the book manuscript, Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

This lecture is sponsored by the College Committee on College Lectures and is open to the community. For questions, please contact Dr. Sílvia Oliveira at (401)456-8748 or

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