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3rd International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America

Hispanic Roots and Heritage Yesterday and Today

Alcala de Henares, 26-28 April 2017


The presence of Hispanic culture in America is an intrinsic part of the true identity of the American people from their roots. America is Hispanic, it is European, it is African, it is Asian and that is what make it America. These roots take us on a trip back and forth from medieval Spain, crossing the ocean carrying conquistadors, crosses, language and culture to the New World and returning after the nineteenth century in science, technology, culture, democracy and English; thanks to this reciprocal influence born of the same tree. Hispanic America makes us aware of a common past, of belonging to the same group joined by two languages and also a shared historical destiny.

The Instituto Franklin de la Universidad de Alcala, the City College of New York – Division of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Instituto Cervantes de New York, join for the third year in organizing this conference through this call for papers in different disciplines and areas of study with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to the historical links between Spain and North America. The primary aim of the conference is to provide a meeting place for academics and professionals with an interest in other disciplines related to this subject as well as to interact with other members within and outside their own disciplines in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Call for Articles

The Instituto Franklin-UAH will publish a selection of articles regarding the Third International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America in its collection “Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin” of the Universidad de Alcalá Publishing House.

Articles on the following topics will be prioritized:

– Educational exchanges and their impact on modern societies
– Migratory movements and forming communities and networks
– The influence of historical relations in foreign affairs today
– Hispanic culture and transatlantic culture

Articles in English or Spanish are to be submitted by September 1st, 2017 to

If you wish your manuscript to be evaluated, it may not exceed 4000 words in length and must be completely formatted according to the Instituto Franklin-UAH ‘Publication Guidelines’. A Commission will evaluate the articles and select those that will be published.

For further information:

Antonio Garrigues Walker - Honorary Chairman of the Law Firm Garrigues

Plenary Lecture: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 

Hour: 16:30h – 17:30h

Title: Asignaturas pendientes entre España y los Estados Unidos

Antonio Garrigues Walker, Spanish jurist and Honorary Chairman of the law firm Garrigues. In 1954 he joined the Firm founded by his father Antonio Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate, alongside his cousin, Joaquín Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate. He has been Chairman of Garrigues since 1961, when he was 27 years of age. He also presides over Fundación Garrigues and the Garrigues Chair in Global Law at Universidad de Navarra.

He is a renowned jurist on the international scene. Particularly worthy of note is his work as a legal adviser on foreign investments in Spain. He has advised major multinationals, as well as the Spanish government on financial legislation, above all in the field of foreign investment. He also offers his legal advice and know-how to governments such as the US and Japanese executives in their relations with Spain. Consequently, he is a trustee of the Spain-US, Spain-Japan, Spain-China, Spain-India, Spain-Russia, Spain-Mexico and Spain-Australia Foundations (Fundaciones Consejo). His interest in the phenomenon of globalization has led him to break new ground in cooperation with other international law firms and, by way of example; he is currently the Chairman of the World Association of Lawyers.

Mark Hugo López - Hispanich Research of the Pew Research Center

Plenary Lecture:Thursday, April 27th, 2017 

Hour: 12:45h – 13:45h

Title: Latino voters and the 2016 presidential election.

The 2016 presidential election was expected to be the year of Latino voters. A record number were eligible to vote and growth in the Latino population across the country plausibly put the group at the center of the presidential race in many battleground states, including Florida, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia and North Carolina. Coupled with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s negative comments about Mexican immigrants, Muslims and other groups of Americans, Latinos appeared poised to break turnout records and play a key role in a Hillary Clinton win. Instead, Trump’s win suggests that either he did better among Latinos than expected, or Hillary Clinton won a record share of the Latino vote but with an unimpressive level of Latino turnout. This presentation presents the story of the Latino vote in 2016.

Mark Hugo Lopez is director of Hispanic research at Pew Research Center. He studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, Hispanic views of identity, the political engagement of Latinos in the nation’s elections, and Latino youth. Lopez also coordinates the Center’s National Survey of Latinos, an annual nationwide survey of Hispanics. He was the research director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) as well as a research assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Lopez received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University. He is an author of reports about the Hispanic electorateHispanic identity and immigration. Lopez frequently appears in national and international media in both Spanish and English.


  • January 9th: First deadline for proposals submission
  • January 23rd: Second deadline for proposals submission
  • February 6th: Provisional program and registration form publication (first deadline)
  • February 28th: Reduced registration deadline
  • March15th: Deadline for speaker’s registration
  • March 28th: Final program publication
  • April 26th- 28th: Conference

Organizing Committee:

  • President: Julio Cañero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Carlos Aguasaco (CCNY-CUNY)
  • Scott Chenault (UCM)
  • Cristina Crespo (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Sandra Hernández (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Carlos Herrero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Ana Lariño (Instituto Franklin-UAH)

Scientific Committee:

  • President: Julio Cañero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Francisco Castilla Urbano (UAH)
  • Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (CCNY/CUNY)
  • Lorenzo Delgado (CSIC)
  • José Antonio Gurpegui (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Monserrat Huguet (UC3M)
  • Juan Carlos Mercado (CCNY-CUNY)
  • Ignacio Olmos (Instituto Cervantes)
  • Donald H. Wallace (UCM)

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“Past, Present and Future”

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II International Congress on Historical Links between Spain and North America

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Fundación Consejo España-EE.UU. "Empresas españolas en Estados Unidos: experiencias y oportunidades"

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Hour: 05:30pm – 07:00pm

Fundación Consejo España-EE.UU. “Empresas españolas en Estados Unidos: experiencias y oportunidades” (Salón de actos – Colegio de San Idelfonso)

The growing economic and business ties between Spain and the U.S. are a solid component of the bilateral relations. During the last decade, the investment and trade flows between these two developed growing economies have been significantly strengthened and the United States will continue being a key partner for Spain. In the context of a new U.S. Administration and the expected changes to the Business world, it is time to analyze the experiences, perspectives and opportunities that some of the most established Spanish companies are facing.


  • Álvaro de la Haza De Lara(Executive Vice President and Secretary General at Cosentino)
  • Javier Fernández-Cid Plañiol(Member of the Board of Directors of Mapfre Reaseguro, Mapfre Asistencia, and Grupo Vaudoise Holdings -Lausanne,Suiza-. Chairman of MAPFRE USA until December 2016.)
  • Joaquín Mollinedo Chocano(Chief Institutional Relations, Sustainability and Marketing Officer at Acciona)

Chair: Manuel Mª Lejarreta Lobo (Secretary General of the Fundación Consejo España – Estados Unidos)

The Hispanic Council “En busca del voto hispano: cómo movilizar al gigante dormido”

Thursday, April 27th,  2017

Hour: 11:00h – 12:30h

The Hispanic Council “En busca del voto hispano: cómo movilizar al gigante dormido” (Salón de actos – Colegio de San Idelfonso)

The round table will analyze from a political communication perspective how the different candidates and political parties have tried to connect with the Hispanic electorate in recent years.

Since the first spot in Spanish starring Jackie Kennedy in 1960, in the following presidential campaigns they have sought the support of the Hispanic vote. This tendency will become more important considering its increasing weight in the whole of the American society.


  • Daniel Ureña, President of The Hispanic Council.
  • Roberto Rodríguez, Professor at Universidad Pontificia Comillas and expert in Political Communication.
  • José Herrera, Internacional Director of FAES.

Chair: Cristina Hernández, Managing Partner of MAS Consulting.

"Workshop on Opportunities with CTSS"

Thursday, April 27th 2017

Hour: 17:00h – 18:30h

“Workshop on Opportunities with CTSS” (Luis Rosales Room – Colegio de Trinitarios)

This roundtable will provide information about opportunities for faculty and student participation in the Consortium for Transatlantic Studies.  There are opportunities for teaching and for scholarship presentation with this organization.  CTSS is presently seeking to expand its numbers allowing for more faculty and student participation.


  • Marta Walliser, Instituto Franklin-UAH
  • Scott Chenault, University of Central Missouri
  • Don Wallace, University of Central Missouri

Modera: Marta Walliser, Instituto Franklin-UAH

CTSS "Issues in Transatlantic Studies"

Friday, April 28th,  2017

Hour: 12:30h – 14:00h

“Issues in Transatlantic Studies” (Luis Rosales Room – Colegio de Trinitarios)

In the past year, several events have unexpectedly developed on both sides of the Atlantic. The Brexit, the Syrian refugee crisis, or the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States have introduced new uncertainties in the multilateral relations between America and Europe. This round table will discuss some of these issues and how Transatlantic Studies approach them.


  • Julio Cañero, Director of the Instituto Franklin-UAH
  • Daniel Silander, Linnaeus University (Sweden)
  • Scott Chenault, University of Central Missouri

Chair: Julio Cañero, Director of the Instituto Franklin-UAH

Registration Fees

Before February 28thFrom March 15th
Speakers€ 80€ 120
Young researchers speakers (PhD and master)€ 60€ 80
Attendees€ 50€ 50
Students€ 30€ 30
Instituto Franklin-UAH students€ 0€ 0


Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the Universidad de Alcalá, at the Colegio de San Ildefonso, Colegio de Málaga and Convento de Trinitarios buildings, all located in the historical campus of the university, in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).



For further information contact: Sandra Hernández (head of events and activities) Telephone: +34 91 885 44 61/ +34 91 885 52 53

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