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The Center @ MDC Opens Colloquium on the Future of the Spanish Language with Special Photo Exhibition, Ibero-American Expression: From Solitude to Solidarity

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Miami, May 29, 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 at 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.

The Colloquium will kick off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at MDC’s Freedom Tower, with a cocktail reception and the opening of the photography exhibit Ibero-American Expression: From Solitude to Solidarity. City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado will attend this celebration. The large format photos depicting varied moments in the lives of Ibero-American people, will be exhibited will be open through June 27.

Ibero-American Expression: From Solitude to Solidarity showcases the diversity of Ibero-America, while highlighting its commonalities. The photographs will be exhibited inside and outside the Freedom Tower. Ibero-American Expression was first exhibited in México during the Festival Internacional Cervantino, and will be part of the activities in Cadiz, Spain (designated Ibero American Cultural Capital) during the XXII Ibero American Chiefs of State and Government Summit 2012.

The Colloquium continues the next day, Thursday, May 31. Registration starts at 9 a.m and is followed by welcoming remarks. Discussions start at 10:30 a.m. A closing reception will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the 5th Floor Terrace in Building 3. All events are free and open to the public.

The goal of this colloquium is to create a space for reflection, discussion and analysis of the impact, strengths and weaknesses of the Spanish language. 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.

All sessions will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English. Registration is required. To register, visit and click on the Colloquium link.


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

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