Webinar at the Center for Portuguese Studies, UMass Dartmouth

The Center for Portuguese Studies | Tagus Press, and the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Achives at UMass Dartmouth invited me to deliver a webinar on June 10. My lecture will be titled “Breaking the News: Portuguese Lusotropicalist Public Relations and Lobbying in the United States, 1961-4,” and will count with the special participation of Prof. Glória de Sá. Here is the abstract:

“Dr. Fernandes’ presentation will examine an important episode in the history of “fake news” in American mainstream media related to the Estado Novo’s pro-colonialist propaganda and lobbying campaign in the United States during the Presidency of John F. Kennedy. It will discuss the operations of the New York-based public relations firm Selvage & Lee and the non-diplomatic activities of Portuguese-American “foreign agents,” as revealed by a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations investigation that led to the 1966 amendments to the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Dr. Fernandes’ lecture introduces an Anglophone dimension to the study of lusotropicalism outside of the “Lusophone world,” by exploring some of the channels through which its pro-miscegenation ideas were disseminated among American conservatives, including right-wing African-American intellectuals.”

If you are interested, please register here: https://umassd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xtK8NLk3ScSRvClKG1-VwA

Roundtable at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, July 21

On July 21, starting at 2 p.m., at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, I will be participating in a roundtable discussion about the history and contemporary lives of Portuguese working people in Canada, and how they intersect with contemporary art practices. Our conversation will be prompted by Teresa Ascenção‘s exhibition “Daily Bread,” currently on display at the WAHC. This event is free and open to all.

See here for more information.

“Summer of ’77”: thank you note.


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We had lots of news coverage, including Laura Fraser’s story on CBC.ca – today’s editors pick – and CBC Radio, with contributions from some of our panelists.

In case you missed our roundtable discussion last night, you can watch the live recording on the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers’ Facebook page (apologies for the technical difficulties). The audio recording of the presentations will be made available on ActiveHistory.ca at a later date.

Follow or contact the presenters Gilberto FernandesDaniel RossTom Hooper, and Valerie Scott for more information on their research and advocacy.

Community Conversation: The Summer of ’77: How Emanuel Jaques’ Murder Changed Toronto

I have organized a York University Community Conversation on the murder of Emanuel Jaques in the summer of 1977, and the major impact it had in Toronto, particularly with Portuguese, LGBTQ, and sex worker communities. I will be one of the presenters in this public panel, alongside historians Daniel Ross and Tom Hooper, and sex worker and advocate Valerie Scott, and moderated by Maria João Dodman.

This event will take place on June 22, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers (960 St. Clair Ave. West).

All are welcome!


Apresentação na conferência “Vivências da Democracia na Diáspora: 1974-2014”, Out. 14, Victoria College

No dia 14 de outubro vou fazer uma apresentação na conferência “Vivências da Democracia na Diáspora: 1974-2014″, a realizar-se na Victoria College, organizada pelo Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Toronto, e pela Associação de Estudos Mulher Migrante. A minha comunicação (em inglês) foca as experiências dos imigrantes portugueses em Toronto e Montreal antes, durante e após o 25 de Abril.

On October 14, I will be delivering a lecture at the conference “Vivências da Democracia na Diáspora: 1974-2014,″ taking place at Victoria College, organized by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Toronto, and the Associação de Estudos Mulher Migrante. My presentation (in English) will focus on the experiences of Portuguese immigrants in Toronto and Montreal before, during, and after the April 25th revolution.

Veja aqui o programa/ See the program here: VERSAO FINAL15 out Oct2