Galicia in the Rockies
Regis University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado College, the Xunta de Galicia and the Consello da Cultura Galega collaborated to host Galician scholars and artists in Denver Oct. 18-20 to talk about different aspects of the Galician reality and their connection to the study of minorized languages and cultures. The Symposium began Oct. 18 at the Metropolitan State University of Denver Hospitality Center and closed on Oct. 20 at the Regis University.
During the three-day event, participants were exposed to a variety of interdisciplinary presentations followed by active discussions. Attendees were moved by the words of keynote speaker, Dr. María do Cebreiro Rábade Villar, professor and Vice Dean of Culture in the School of Philology at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela on Thursday. María do Cebreiro, the author of 10 poetry books in Galician, inspired again with her words in a lively poetry recital on Friday.
The last day of activities brought attendees to Regis' Northwest Denver campus for a variety of presentations in anthropology, ethnography, gender and film studies, literature and linguistics. The symposium ended at the St. John Francis Chapel with a sunset to the notes of a musical homage to Galician Women in the Arts. Isabel Pérez Dobarro, pianist; Raquel y Sara Areal Martínez, violinists, enlightened with their interpretations of several musical pieces including three original pieces composed by Julia María Dopico Vale: A Suite for Piano “Meniña Balteira” dedicated to María Balteira, a medieval Galician “soldadeira”; a piece for violin “Miña Estrela” dedicated to Rosalía de Castro, a Galician writer; and a violin solo “Cores no Ar” dedicated to Maruxa Mayo, a Galician painter. Regis made history that day as the place where these pieces were played for the first time in the world.
Carrie Ruiz, Spanish Professor at Colorado College and Rosario Álvarez Blanco, Professor of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela who was elected as the first woman President of the Consello da Cultura Galega in the Summer of 2018, closed the evening. On Oct. 21, a group of the symposium’s participants went on a tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park, having lunch at the Stanley Hotel and strolling Estes Park.