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Visiting Professor to Discuss Portuguese-American Immigrant Experience at CSU Stanislaus
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April 6, 2012
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What:   “The Portuguese-American Experience in the Novels of Alfred Lewis,” presented by Professor Frank F. Sousa, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

When:   Friday, Apr. 20, 5 – 7 p.m.

Where:   Faculty Development Center Rm. 118, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock campus

Alfred Lewis (1902-1977), born in the Azores, Portugal, was the son of a nineteenth-century whale man who eventually became a gold prospector in California, before returning to his homeland. Lewis himself immigrated to the Central Valley (Atwater) in 1922. Having learned English only after arriving in America, he nevertheless went on to study law and become a municipal judge in the San Joaquin Valley town of Los Baños.

Lewis is the author of two published novels: Home Is an Island and Sixty Acres and a Barn. His novels capture how the poor in the Azores viewed the promise of America and how Portuguese immigrants in the San Joaquin Valley made new lives for themselves.

Frank F. Sousa is professor of Portuguese and director of both the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He is a graduate of Turlock High School, Santa Clara University (BS) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (MA and Ph.D.).

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will include the launching of the a new edition of the novel Home Is an Island (Taugus Press). For more information, contact Dr. Elmano Costa, Director of the CSU Stanislaus Center for Portuguese Studies at (209) 667-3230 or ecosta@csustan.edu.


 
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