Press Release: Colloquium on Portuguese-American politics and leadership at UMass Dartmouth, April 11
Date: April 8, 2008
Department: Center for Portuguese Studies
The Colloquium will include a keynote address by Congressman Devin Nunes, of the 21st District in California, and presentations by Prof. Clyde Barrow, director of the Center for Policy Analysis, on Portuguese-Americans in state and local power structures in Massachusetts; Prof. Gloria de Sa, the newly-hired Faculty Director of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, on the role of the Archives in the university and in the community; James McGlinchey, coordinator of the Portuguese-American Citizenship Project, on Portuguese-American political involvement in Massachusetts and California, according to the most recent elections; and Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza of the Massachusetts Appeals Court on political and other factors contributing to the small number of Portuguese-American judges in Massachusetts.
In addition, the Colloquium will include a roundtable discussion on fostering political participation and representation with Portuguese-American elected officials, including Congressman Devin Nunes, of California; Reps. Kevin Aguiar, Antonio Cabral, and Michael Rodrigues, and Senator Marc Pacheco, of Massachusetts; Mayor Robert Correia, of Fall River; and Rep. Joseph Amaral and Senator Daniel DaPonte, of Rhode Island.
The colloquium, which is part of a year long series on representation and citizenship among the Portuguese in America, is co-sponsored by the Edmund Dinis Portuguese-American Political, Legal and Public Service Collection. The objective is to bring together Portuguese-American elected officials, scholars and grassroots organizers from across the country in an academic forum to discuss social, economic, political and leadership issues related to the various Portuguese communities throughout the United States.
The event is free and open to the public. A complimentary light lunch will be served. Those interested in attending the colloquium and luncheon are asked to contact 508 999 8255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congressman Devin Nunes: Biographical Note
Congressman Devin Nunes was first elected to Congress in 2002 from the 21st District in California's San Joaquin Valley, at age 29. He serves on the Ways and Means Committee and previously was Chairman of the Resources Subcommittee on National Parks.
He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he received a bachelor's degree in agricultural business and a master's degree in agriculture, before returning to work on the family farm. As an active member of his community, he focused his attention on educational issues and was elected to the Board of Trustees for the College of the Sequoias (COS). During his tenure on the COS Board of Trustees, Nunes led the effort to provide smaller communities greater access to the Internet and satellite educational services.
Congressman Nunes is proud of his cultural heritage and has worked to maintain strong ties between Portugal and the United States throughout his Congressional career. Devin and his wife Elizabeth have one child, Evelyn Rose Nunes.