North American Academy of the Spanish Language Conference
Under the motto ‘The Hispanic and Spanish language presence in the United States: unity in diversity,’ the ANLE will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
The Hispanic presence in culture, economics, history, language, politics, society and social media will be one of the important themes of this congress, organized by the Academy’s delegation to Washington D.C.
Distinguished academicians from the United States, as well as Spain, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and Morocco will be participating in this conference. Over 80 speakers from a number of universities, including Yale, UCLA, Fordham, Wake Forest, University of Virginia, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Connecticut, California State University, Maryland University, Catholic University, NYU, and national universities from Costa Rica, Honduras, and Argentina, as well as cultural institutions, such as Instituto Cervantes, will be discussing the Hispanic presence in the economy, culture, history, language, literature, politics, and the media in the Unites States.
The President of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language’s delegation in Washington D.C. and the conference host, Luis Alberto Ambroggio stated, “This first ANLE conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of its foundation, is a historic event that we will have the honor of hosting the in our nation’s capital, the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world. Thomas Jefferson and Juan Ramón Jimenez would be at the party.” Thomas Jefferson, one of the nation’s founding fathers, was partial to Don Quixote and a number of his writings include recommendations to learn Spanish. Even during the early years of the country he appreciated the presence of the Spanish language and of Spanish speaking cultures on the hemisphere. The Nobel Prize winning Spanish poet, Juan Ramón Jimenez, was a professor at both the University of Maryland and Puerto Rico, and a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C.
Ambroggio, added that the realization of this conference is, “another accomplishment for the Academy in its mission to help rescue the recognition and vitality of the culture, literature, and history of the Hispanic language in the United States, which enriches us as a country.”
The director of the ANLE, Gerardo Piña-Rosales, stated that he believes the event to be, “without precedent for our Academy, n nonprofit institution with a rich history, with a mission to foster unity and promote the Spanish language, excluding politics.”
The director of the Real Academia de la Lengua Española, (Royal Spanish Academy), Jose Manuel Blecua, will also be present to celebrate the foundation of the ANLE.
The academic events will take place in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., with additional activities taking place in the Cultural Institute of Mexico and the University Club of Washington.
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