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This semester, the University of Alicante’s Mario Benedetti Latin American Studies Centre (CEMAB) will offer ten cultural proposals including conferences, seminars, sessions, theatre plays, literary gatherings and a reading club. Moreover, nationally and internationally renowned writers such as Lorenzo Silva from Spain and Homero Aridjis from Mexico will participate in its activities.

Aridjis will be at the CEMAB on 2 November to participate in the presentation of the Miguel de Cervantes Online Library portal devoted to his work. The next day, 3 November, the writer will offer a poetry reading in Alicante City University Venue (San Fernando, 40). Furthermore, writer Lorenzo Silva will give a conference in the Sessions in Tribute to Ricardo Senabre (Jornadas en Homenaje a Ricardo Senabre), held by the University of Alicante on 12 and 13 November. The Sessions will be opened by Lorenzo Silva on 12 November and will continue the following day in Alcoy’s Town Hall with UA Golden Laurel Award Ceremony, which will be given posthumously to Ricardo Senabre.

The participation of these two well-known writers, however, is just one of the many activities to be held by CEMAB this semester: the new programme will begin on 25 September at noon, with two conferences about America and the expelled Jesuits, entitled América y los jesuitas expulsos. On 30 September and 1 October, UA’s Association of Archaeology Students and the CEMAB will hold a novel seminar about archaeology and literature (Arqueología y literatura). On 7 October, a talk on Penal de Ocaña’s theatre and historical reality (Teatro y realidad histórica: Penal de Ocaña, un testimonio existencial) will be given by Ana Zamora, granddaughter of Mr Alonso Zamora Vicente (Secretary-for-life of the Royal Spanish Language Academy and recipient of the University of Alicante’s Degree Honoris Causa in 2002). On 19 October, at 10 a.m., Selena Millares will be at the CEMAB to give her personal opinion about Pablo Neruda, in a conference entitled Pablo Neruda, poeta en vanguardia. In the afternoon, Millares will present her new novel El faro y la noche in the Alicante City University Venue (Ramón y Cajal, 4).

The CEMAB will also collaborate in two theatre plays based on Mario Benedetti’s Pedro and the captain, to be staged by Teada group on Tuesday 20 October, at noon, in UA’s Faculty of Education, and on 10 December at 8 p.m., in the Culture Centre of Alfaz del Pi’s Town Hall.

2015 marks 400 years since the second part of the Quixote was published, and CEMAB will celebrate the anniversary with a reading club named Club de Lectura Don Quijote de la Mancha, which will be coordinated by Sergio Galindo and held from 2 November 2015 until 9 February 2016.

Last but not least, this semester’s programme at the CEMAB will be brought to an end by two events: the first sessions on territorial innovation, local development and cooperation management in Spain and Latin America (I Jornadas sobre innovación territorial, desarrollo local y gestión de la cooperación en el contexto de España y América Latina), organised in collaboration with the professional association of geographers of the Region of Valencia (19-20 November); and the 9th edition of the Spanish-Argentinian Seminar on Eros and Thanatos in Spanish and Latin American Arts and Literature (Eros y Thanatos en las artes y la literatura españolas y latinoamericanas), led by senior lecturers Juan A. Roche and Eva Valero (26 and 27 November).

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