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!


Digital map of Portuguese communities in Canada


For the 64th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of Portuguese “bulk order” migrant workers on Pier 21, in Halifax, I have created a digital map with the current location of and statistics about the largest Portuguese immigrant, ethnic, and speaking communities in Canada. You can find it here.

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Developing Free Youth Summer Program at York University, July 2017


Together with my York University colleagues Maria João Dodman and Inês Cardoso of the Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies program, and Abubacar Fofana León of the Centre for Research on Latin American and the Caribbean, I have been organizing the upcoming Youth Summer Program, in July 10-14, 2017, with the support of LA&PS’ Global and Community Engagement Office, the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers, the Working Women Community Centre, and the Camões Institute. This free program is open to youth of all ethnic and linguistic backgrounds in the ages of 14-18 (or enrolled in grades 9 to 12) with an interest in The Lusophone World: Global and Local Communities. It aims to introduce high school students to a university setting, get them acquainted with what may be for some an unfamiliar environment, and provide them with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their academic careers. The program features lectures, visual art and dance workshops, exhibits, sports, a walking tour, and other in- and out-of- classroom activities that mix learning, recreation, and creativity.

Here is the promo video produced by our Camões TV partner:

Besides helping to develop the curriculum and organize this program, I will also be delivering a walking tour and a workshop at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections.

Students can apply at this link (deadline June 1, 2017). See the poster below for more information.


RTPi’s “Hora dos Portugueses” to continue for a third season


The daily show “Hora dos Portugueses” on Portugal’s international TV and radio broadcaster RTPi/ RTP1/ RDP, will continue for a third season, from January to December 2017. Together with Pedro Rodrigues, Luis Moreira, Daniela Costa (Toronto), and Marta Raposo (Montreal), I will continue my work as a co-producer, content editor, researcher, and reporter dedicated to showcasing Portuguese immigrants and descendants who are doing interesting work in various areas of Canadian society. So far, this season, we have produced segments on a grocer, a bakery chain, a couple of volunteer aid-providers for the homeless, a biochemist, a tattoo artist, a musician, a boxing coach, and a restaurateur, with many more to come.

For a complete list of the episodes that we have produced since November 2015, see the PCHP’s blog under the category “Hora dos Portugueses”.


“Oh Famous Race!” New article in The Public Historian


Juan_Rodriguez_Cabrillo_at_Cabrillo_National_MonumentMy latest article came out in the University of California Press’ and National Council on Public History’s journal The Public Historian, 18: 1 (February 2016): 18-47.

It examines the transnational and international politics and motivations behind the Eurocentric campaigns of Portuguese American heritage advocates to memorialize the sixteenth-century navigators Miguel Corte-Real and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as the ‘‘discoverers’’ of the United States’ Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and how those campaigns were framed by the advocates’ ‘‘ancestral’’ homeland’s imperialist propaganda. It argues that the study of public memory and heritage politics can offer valuable insights into the processes of diaspora building and helps reveal the asymmetrical power relations often missing in discussions about cultural hybridity.

The article also explores the intersection of local, national, and transnational politics in ethnic heritage campaigns; their racial and gendered dimensions; how they conflated the contradictory yet mutually empowering interests of Portuguese immigrants, North American politicians, and Estado Novo officials; how they advanced Portugal’s imperialist foreign policy agenda; and how they further marginalized the colonized indigenous peoples of North America.

The article can be downloaded here.


My interview with stand-up comedian Mike Rita on RTPi


My interview with the stand-up comedian Mike Rita aired on RTPi’s “A Hora dos Portugueses” (weekend episode 10, minute 34). You can watch it here.

| A minha entrevista com o comediante Mike Rita foi transmitida no programa “A Hora dos Portugueses” da RTPi (episódio de fim de semana 10, minuto 34). Pode vê-la aqui.

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See the PCHP’s website for the other episodes I’ve produced for this television show on Portuguese diaspora | Visite o site do PHLC para ver os outros episódios que produzi para este programa de televisão.