April 27th (4pm – 6:30pm)
In Person | Harvard Faculty Club (20 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138)
The Cervantes Institute at Harvard University celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Harvard University Faculty Club. The anniversary program begins with opening words by Director and Executive Director of the Observatorio, Profs. Diana Sorensen and Marta Mateo. Special guest lectures will follow, featuring two important voices in contemporary Hispanic literature: Spanish poet and current Director of the Instituto Cervantes Luis García Montero, who will present on "La poesía en el mundo de hoy," and acclaimed Mexican author Valeria Luiselli, whose presentation is titled "A veces, todavía, a través."
Luis García Montero, professor of Spanish Literature at the Universidad de Granada and acclaimed poet, narrator and essayist, is the current Director of the Instituto Cervantes. As a researcher, he has studied the works of Spanish and Latin American authors such as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rosalía de Castro, Rafael Alberti, Federico García Lorca, Luis Rosales, Rubén Bonifaz Nuño, Francisco Ayala, and José Emilio Pacheco. As a writer, he has received several awards, including the Premio Nacional de Literatura (1994), Premio Nacional de la Crítica (2003), Premio del Gremio de Libreros de Madrid (2009), Premio Poetas del Mundo Latino (Mexico, 2010), Premio Ramón López Velarde (Mexico, 2017), and the Premio Paralelo 0 (Ecuador, 2018). Additionally, he is an honorary professor at the Universidad de Mar del Plata (Argentina), and in 2017 he was named Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía.
Valeria Luiselli, acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. She is the author of Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions and Lost Children Archive. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship as well as the Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. She teaches at Bard College and is currently a visiting professor at Harvard University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Granta, among other publications. She has been translated into more than twenty languages and has been recognized with various awards such as the DUBLIN Literary Award, two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, and an American Book Award.