Two Cape Verdean Harvard professors will offer an introduction to Cape Verdean Crioulo at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. But can you really learn the language in twenty minutes? Join us for this free (one-hour) program and find out from the experts.
A native of the island of São Nicolau, Professor Carlos Almeida now lives in the United States. He is a recognized authority on Cape Verdean literature. A lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bristol Community College, he teaches Cape Verdean Creole and advises various Lusophone groups and projects. He is also the co-owner of Rosinha’s Restaurant, a popular Cape Verdean restaurant in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, known for its full schedule of cultural events. His current work includes a Cape Verdean Creole language learning textbook that he is co-authoring with Dr. Inês Brito.
Professor Inês Brito is a native of the island of Fogo, Cape Verde. She holds advanced degrees from Universities in Cape Verde, Portugal, and the United States in the areas of education, literature, and linguistics. A literacy instructor in the Boston Public Schools, she also teaches Cape Verdean Creole at Harvard University. She has served as a committee member in the development of ALUPEC, the standardized orthography for Cape Verdean Creole, and has played an integral role as a consultant, employee, and volunteer with numerous Cape Verdean political, social, and educational organizations.
“How to Learn Cape Verdean Crioulo in 20 Minutes” is part of the kickoff of a week of Cape Verdean cultural programs leading up to the opening of the Whaling Museum’s Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibit on July 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. on June 27, Artworks will host a showing by Cape Verdean artist Nela Barbosa who is touring the United States with her art.