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The Center @ MDC to Host Unique Colloquium on the Future of the Spanish Language

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Miami, April 26, 2012 - The use of Spanish, the language of Ibero-America, continues to grow in the U.S. and other non-Ibero-American countries. In an effort to understand the impact of this growth on culture, politics and international diplomacy, the acclaimed Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC) will present Colloquium – The Future of the Spanish Language. Co-presented with the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) in Madrid, Spain, the two-day event will take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 30 and 31, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

All sessions will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English. They are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit www.TheCenteratMDC.org and click on the Colloquium link.

The Colloquium will kick off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at MDC’s Freedom Tower, with the opening of Ibero-American Expression: From Solitude to Solidarity, a photo exhibition courtesy of the SEGIB. The exhibition, which has an outdoor component, will be open through June 27.

The 2010 Census shows a significant increase in the use of the Spanish language in the U.S., particularly in Florida, home to 4.2 million Hispanics who represent 22.5 percent of the state’s overall population. The same Census data also shows that over the decade there has been a 60 percent increase of Hispanics settling in Florida. 

Through this one-of-a-kind Colloquium, the goal is to create a space for reflection, discussion and analysis of the impact, strengths and weaknesses of the Spanish language during the past decade. Many of these same topics are central to debates taking place each year at the International Congress of the Spanish Language since its inception in 2007.

Colloquium panelists will include diplomats and ministers of culture and education from Ibero-American countries, as well as scholars dedicated to researching the impact of Spanish language usage from various perspectives. They will analyze the current and long-term role of Spanish in politics, economics, business, and technology.

The Colloquium will cover three main topics:

  • Spanish language in public policy from the points of view of Ibero-American Ministers of Culture and Education, including a view at their institutional programs and macro-strategies related to this theme.
  • Spanish language in institutional settings, with the participation of representatives from non-governmental organizations, cultural and academic entities who will share their experiences and the results of studies on the intellectual influence of Spanish.
  • Spanish language in diplomacy with the participation of the Ibero-American General Consuls in Miami who will share their views on the status of Spanish language as a tool in international negotiations.

 

For more information, please visit www.TheCenteratMDC.org, or contact Delia Lopez at 305-237-3066 / Jami Reyes at 305-237-3809.

 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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