UMass-Lowell launches Portuguese studies center

March 30, 2013, 10:24 am

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Officials at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell say their newest academic and cultural center will explore and celebrate the history and contributions of Portuguese people in the United States and abroad.

The school says the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture will sponsor events, offer study-abroad programs and coordinate faculty collaborations with universities in the Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Braga.

The center is named after UMass-Lowell alumnus whose combined gift of $850,000 helped establish the initiative. They include Lowell residents Mark Saab and his wife, Elisia Saab, as well as Luis Pedroso of Hampton, N.H.

The school launched the center Thursday night at a reception attended by the consul general of the Portuguese Consulate in Boston and the chancellors of UMass-Lowell and UMass Dartmouth. The two campuses will collaborate on some programs through the center.

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