Grant awarded to enhance Portuguese Program

by Katherine Malkovsky

Isabel Ferreira Gould Isabel Ferreira Gould

Isabel Ferreira Gould, assistant professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD).

The grant will support and promote the University’s Portuguese Program and its Kellogg Institute for International Studies from 2006 to 2009. This is the first time FLAD has awarded a grant to Notre Dame.

“This new funding will allow us to enhance undergraduate enrollment in Portuguese language classes, to provide support for student research, to increase awareness in the broader community of Portuguese studies, and to nurture scholarly research on Portugal,” said Gould, a faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute and the Nanovic Institute of European Studies.

Included in the activities that Gould will pursue are library acquisitions, speakers, an artist-in-residence, faculty and graduate research grants, and prizes for undergraduate excellence in advanced courses.

The grant also will provide funding for an international conference titled “African Portuguese, the Portuguese in Africa,” planned for spring 2008. The two-day conference will cover various subjects, ranging from anthropology to film, and intends to challenge an exclusively Anglophone-centered conception of multiculturalism.

FLAD is a private, financially autonomous Portuguese institution that aims to contribute to the development of Portugal by motivating cooperation between Portuguese and American civil society and providing support to innovative projects in accordance with this goal.