Assumption Co-sponsors International Colloquium in Paris

Assumption College co-sponsored an international colloquium in Paris, France, on the “Cultural National Formations of Ecuador and Mexico: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach on Benjamin Carrion and Jose Vasconcelos.” Held March 9, it was organized in North America by Assumption College Professor of Spanish Juan Carlos Grijalva. The embassies of Mexico and Ecuador in France and the Center for Ecuadorian Studies also sponsored the event, which was held at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Paris.

Grijalva and Assumption College Professor of Spanish Esteban Loustaunau presented papers on Carrion and Vasconcelos, who were writers that died in 1979 and 1959, respectively.

The colloquium was attended by scholars and diplomats from Mexico, Ecuador, France, Spain, Italy, and the United States. Mexican Ambassador Carlos de Icaza and Ecuadorian Ambassador Carlos Jativa inaugurated it, and the keynote address was given by Javier Garciadiego, president of El Colegio de México, one of the top research institutions in Latin America.

After the Paris colloquium, Professor Grijalva was invited to deliver two talks at the University of Genoa.

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