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.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19: SpringHill Suites Conference Center, 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO

Saturday, Oct. 20: Regis Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221

Transportation

Details on transportation and getting around Denver will be posted here.

View a map of downtown Denver here.

Committee, Co-Sponsors & Biographies

This event is made possible thanks to the help of the following organizations and institutions:

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Colorado College
  • Galician Culture Council
  • Secretariat General of the Xunta de Galicia 

Organizing Committee:

  • Obdulia Castro (Chair), Regis University
  • Miriam Sánchez-Moreiras, Regis University
  • María Rey-López, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Maria Akrabova, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Carrie Ruiz, Colorado College
  • Javier Torre, University of Denver
  • Susan Walter, University of Denver
  • Maite Correa, Colorado State University
  • Gabriel Rei-Doval, University of Wisconsin - Milwuakee
  • Cristina Moreiras Menor, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Read biographies of speakers here.

Event Lodging

Hoteles
El hotel del simposio (jueves y viernes)
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown 
1190 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
303.705.7300

Otros hoteles:
Lista de hoteles sugerida por la Universidad de Regis
Lista de hoteles sugerida por La Universidad Metropolitana de Denver

Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown | 303.571.1114
934 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202 
Offers complimentary wireless Internet access and a 24-hour fitness center. On-site Starbucks. 
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*Special rate with Regis University

The Curtis (Double Tree by Hilton) | 303.571.0300
1405 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202 
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Denver Marriott - City Center | 303.297.1300 or 1.800.228.9290
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202 
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Grand Hyatt Denver (Downtown) | 800.233.1234
1250 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
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*Rate plan EXPREM and Corporate Rate CR32428

Hilton Garden Inn (Downtown) | 303.603.8000
1400 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
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*Special rate with Corporate ID: 2666058

Hotel Monaco | 303.294.3013
1717 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202
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*Special rate with Global Business Preferred Rate Code: GBP6625

Hyatt Regency (Denver) | 303.436.1234
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202 
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*(Rate Plan EXBR and Corporate Rate EXBR)

Magnolia Hotel (Denver) | 888.915.1110
818 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
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*Promo Code: REGU

Residence Inn (City Center) | 303.296.3444 or 800.593.2809 
1725 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202
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*Special rate with “Regis University”

TownePlace Suites by Marriott (Downtown) | 303.893.3333
685 Speer Boulevard
Denver, CO 80204 
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Sheraton Denver Hotel | 303.893.3333
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The Brown Palace Hotel | 303.297.3111
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Downtown Denver Comfort Inn | 303.296.0400 
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The Westin Denver Downtown | 303.572.9100
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