Jose de Almeida Cesario, Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities Abroad, Visits RIC

Marie Fraley, Secretary José Cesário, President Nancy Carriuolo,  Silvia Oliveira, Conselheiro João Pacheco, M.P. Maria João Avila, Vice-Consul Leonel Teixeira and Chief of Staff Manuela Bairos.

Marie Fraley, Secretary José Cesário, President Nancy Carriuolo, Silvia Oliveira, Conselheiro João Pacheco, M.P. Maria João Avila, Vice-Consul Leonel Teixeira and Chief of Staff Manuela Bairos.

 

To establish a dialogue regarding academic and cultural exchanges with Portugal, Rhode Island College recently welcomed José de Almeida Cesário, secretary of state for Portuguese Communities Abroad, Government of the Republic of Portugal.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, Marie Fraley, director, RIC Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, and Silvia Oliveira, assistant professor of Portuguese studies in the college’s department of modern languages hosted Secretary Cesário and his delegation.

The visit was held to acquaint Secretary Cesário with the Rhode Island College community, and the history, progress and programs of the college’s Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies and the Portuguese studies programs within the department of modern languages.

Dialogue also centered on establishing internship and study abroad opportunities for Rhode Island College students studying Portuguese.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to host Secretary Cesário’s visit to Rhode Island College,” Fraley said. “By the end of his visit, the secretary voiced his support of our programs and plans for cultural and scholarly projects that collaborate with the Portuguese community.”

The Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities Abroad operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of the Republic of Portugal and visits Portuguese communities throughout the world to learn more about their programs, initiatives and needs.

Secretary Cesário conducted a tour of Portuguese communities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts in early September. Vice-Consul of Portugal to Providence Leonel Teixeira facilitated the secretary’s visit to Rhode Island College.

Fraley and Oliveira provided a presentation on the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies and the Portuguese studies program followed by a campus walking tour. Marlene Lopes, RIC’s special collections librarian, hosted a visit to the Lusophone special collections at Adams Library.

President Carriuolo hosted a luncheon in the president’s dining room for the secretary and other representatives from the government of the Republic of Portugal: Maria João Machado de Ávila, member of Parliament of the Republic of Portugal; Manuela Bairos, chief of staff to Secretary Cesário; Teixeira; and João Luís Morgado Pacheco, counselor of the Portuguese communities.

Next steps will involve submitting to the secretary’s office proposals that will combine academic research, student involvement and community participation in upcoming projects.