Dr. Frank Sousa ’80 is a professor of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he has been teaching since 1990, and has been influential in development of the Portuguese studies program. Originally from the Azores, he strives to educate people on the Portuguese influences and contributions in the United States. “Nothing is more rewarding to me than having students become enthusiastic about and appreciative of a great work of literature, in what it has to teach and delight us. I am also grateful for the opportunities I have had over the years at UMD, as director of the publishing house Tagus Press, soon to be a part of the University Press of New England, to be the general editor of translations of great books from Portuguese literature and of books on the Portuguese-American experience.” Sousa has received several awards from Portuguese organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California. He also proposed the development of the Portuguese-Language Newspaper Digitization Initiative, whose first completed project is the 84,000 pages of the Diario de Noticias, the only Portuguese daily newspaper published in the United States. He believes that the establishment of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the creation of the graduate program in Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives are the most crucial projects he has been a part of.

29 Oct 2018