Tribute to Nicolás Sánchez Albornoz

Tribute to Nicolás Sánchez Albornoz

Homage to the historian who will be present to discuss his long journey and its intrinsic ties to the history of Spain.

Historian Nicolas Sanchez-Albornoa was the first director of the Cervantes Institute, and taught at universities in Argentina, the United States (NYU, Columbia, Yale and Texas) and Spain. He is the son of Don Claudio, the celebrated historian and President of the Republic in exile.

He is a firm advocate for democracy, made evident in a passage of his autobiography in which relates his escape from the Valle de los Caidos. He was arrested in 1947 for painting grafittis on the walls of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid, and was sentenced to six years in prison. He was transferred to the Valle de los Caidos, from which he escaped in 1948, mocking the guards with the help of the anthropologist Paco Benet and two American girls. He was exiled in Argentina for 18 years before he was again forced to run away.

This event pays homage to Sanchez Albornoz who will be present to discuss his long journey and the intrinsic ties it has to the history of Spain.

This tribute is part of the II Critical Thinking 2016-17 program that addresses the issues that matter the most today, such as the great debates of the XXI century or reviews of the past one.

In Spanish and English with simultaneous translation.

  • Heritage
  • New York
  • Tue, October 25, 2016
  • 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm


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Instituto Cervantes New York, 211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017


Free, RSVP required at [email protected]

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Instituto Cervantes New York



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