Onésimo T. Almeida
Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies:
Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 3042
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3136
Professor Almeida is presently completing a volume on theoretical issues related to the topic of national identity, as well as another collection of essays on science in the 16th-century Portugal. Both volumes will be published by Gradiva, in Lisbon, Portugal. He is also revising for publication two collections of essays on Azorean and on Portuguese-American themes to be published by the Institute of European Studies of University of California at Berkeley.
Onésimo Teotónio Almeida was born in S. Miguel, Azores, in 1946. He graduated from the Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, in 1972. He received his MA (1977) and PhD (1980), both in Philosophy, at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, where he has been teaching Portuguese Cultural and Intellectual History since 1975, and as a Full Professor since 1991. From 1992 to 2003 he was Chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. He also teaches a course on Values and Worldviews for the Wayland Collegium, a center for interdisciplinary studies.
He doubles as a scholar and as an author, having also written short stories, plays, and crónicas. He is the author and editor of numerous books. The most recent are Onésimo. Português sem Filtro, 2011; O Peso do Hífen, Ensaios sobre a experiência luso-americana, 2010; De Marx a Darwin - A desconfiança das ideologias, 2009 (Prize Seeds of Science for the Social sciences and Humanities, Ciência Hoje, 2010). His book of Portuguese-American short stories, Sapa(teia) Americana, first published in 1983, was rereleased by Salamandra in 2000, and again by Círculo de Leitores in 2002. His book Mensagem uma Tentativa de Reinterpretação (Angra do Heroísmo, 1987) won the Roberto de Mesquita essay prize.
He is the author of more than two hundred essays published in various collective volumes and academic journals; and of hundreds of articles published in newspapers and other periodicals. For many years he was a regular columnist for the literary journal LER. He continues to write frequently for the Jornal de Letras, and is a frequent contributor to the Portuguese press in the US and Canada. He was the founder, and continues to serve as director, of Gávea-Brown Publications, which publishes English translations of Portuguese literary works and of studies in Portuguese culture. He also founded and is the co-editor of Gávea-Brown, a journal specializing in the recording of the Portuguese experience in North America. He is co-editor of the recently created e-Journal of Portuguese History, a joint-venture by Brown University and the University of Porto. He is a member of the editorial board of several professional journals, as well as a member of various professional organizations. He was elected member of the Academia Internacional de Cultura Portuguesa, Lisbon.
He has given hundreds of lectures, mostly throughout the United States and Canada, and all over Europe, as well as in Africa and Central and South America.
Since 1979 he has been the host of a bi-monthly socio-cultural talk show (Daqui e da Gente) on the Portuguese Channel, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Throughout 2001-2003, he also hosted a weekly talk show (Onésimo à conversa com ) on RTP-Açores, later broadcast worldwide by RTP-International. He was a member of the Board of the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities from 1995 to 2001, and its Vice-President from 1998 to 2000. He is also a past President of the ACIA (Cultural Association of the Atlantic Islands), and has served as Vice-President of the AIL (Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas). The recipient of various awards, Professor Almeida has been named an "Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique" by the President of Portugal.
Professor Almeida's teaching and research interests include: 1. the intellectual and cultural history of Portugal; 2. Portuguese national identity; 3. science in Portugal in the 15th- and 16th-centuries; 4. Azorean literature and culture; 5. Portuguese-American literature and studies; 6. ideology and worldviews; 7. philosophy and social sciences.
- Seeds of Science Prize for the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ciência Hoje, Portugal
- Gold Medal, Cultural Merit, City of Ribeira Grande, Azores, 2009
- Medal of Merit, Presidency f the Government of the Azores, 2009
-Education Leadership Award, PALCUS (Portuguese-American Leadership Council
of the US, Washington), 2004.
-Achievement and Leadership Award in the area of Education, Portuguese-American Citizenship Committee of RI, 2004.
-Inducted in the Academia Internacional de Cultura Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal,
November 19, 03.
-Language and Culture Prize, Portuguese Continental Union, 2002.
-Officer, Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, by the President of the Republic of Portugal, Lisbon, June 10, 97
-Honorary Member, Instituto Cultural de Ponta Delgada, Azores.
-Award of Excellence, Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce, New York, May 1997
-Roberto de Mesquita Prize (Essay) for Mensagem Uma Tentativa de Reinterpretação (Secretariat of Culture and Education, Azores (National Contest), 1987.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
American Philosophical Association
American Portuguese Studies Association
Academia Internacional de Cultura Portuguesa
Instituto Açoriano de Cultura
Corresponding Member, Instituto Histórico da Ilha Terceira
Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas
Associação Portuguesa de Escritores
Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores
Instituto Cultural de Ponta Delgada
Founding Member, Associação de Estudos Anterianos
Núcleo Cultural da Horta
Professor Almeida has taught at Brown since 1975. He has also taught at the New University of Lisbon, the University of the Azores, the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and at Providence College, among other institutions.
At Brown, besides his graduate and undergraduate courses in his areas of research, he also teaches an interdisciplinary course for juniors and seniors under the title of "On the Shaping of Worldviews". This course addresses the issue of values in the postmodern world. Among the authors read are Nietzsche, Marx, Max Weber, Benjamin Whorf, Kant, Rousseau, and Montaigne.
Over the years, Professor Almeida has received a variety of grants from the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Luso-American Foundation, the Instituto Camões, the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the Department of Culture of the Azorean Government, the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries, Brown University's Dean of the College, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Portuguese National Library, the Instituto Português do Livro, the Watson Institute for International Studies, and the Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning. The largest grant he has received was from a consortium established between Brown University, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries, the Luso-American Foundation, the Orient Foundation, and the Instituto Português do Oriente, which established an endowment to create the Vasco da Gama Chair in Early Modern Portuguese History at Brown University, in the Departments of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.