Anderson, Indiana

Scott participates in conference exploring Portuguese diaspora

Thu, 2013-07-25 09:33 -- univcomm
Dulce Maria Scott
July 25, 2013

Dr. Dulce Maria Scott, professor of criminal justice at Anderson University, is participating in an international conference, Exploring the Portuguese Diaspora in InterDISCIPLINARY and Comparative Perspectives. The conference, which runs July 25-27 in Indianapolis, is associated with the InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies, an academic journal Scott co-founded with two colleagues from universities in Canada. Scott is serving on the organizing committee for the conference.

“This conference falls right in line with the university’s mission of educating citizens who are globally competent and capable of living and serving as Christians in international and increasingly global environments,” said Scott. “The websites related to the conference and the journal have been visited by people in more than 100 countries.”

The themes addressed at the conference range from a discussion on the Portuguese-Sephardic-Jewish diaspora to presentations on the culture, writing, and political implications of the Portuguese diaspora.

The Portuguese diaspora is composed of more than 250 million people from countries where Portuguese is the official language. Portuguese is the third most spoken language in the Western world, after English and Spanish. Scott has a desire to spread the importance of the language. “Although English currently is the world’s lingua franca, that is, the language of international communication, to be competitive internationally, our students need to speak two or three languages,” said Scott.

“Planning and organizing an international conference has required significant time and effort on Dr. Scott's part. Perhaps even more commendable, though, is the credibility she has established within the research community specifically related to this subject area,” said Lolly Bargerstock-Oyler, assistant professor of social work. “Her dedication to producing quality research not only has assured the conference will be a success, but it also models rigorous academic scholarship.”

For more information on Exploring the Portuguese Diaspora in InterDISCIPLINARY and Comparative Perspectives, please visit the international conference’s website at

— Leah Streeval is a 2013 graduate of Anderson University, majoring in communication arts and minoring in entrepreneurship. Streeval is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.