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First International Conference on the Historical Links between the USA and Spain

"Past, Present and Future"

Alcalá de Henares, April 9-11, 2015

The main goal of the First International Conference on the Historical Links between the USA and Spain, jointly organized by the Instituto Franklin-UAH, the Instituto Cervantes in New York and the City College of New York, was to provide a meeting place for academicians and professionals with an interest in other disciplines related to this subject; to meet and interact with other members inside and outside their own disciplines in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Thomas E. Chavez
Former Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque
Lecture: “Spain and the Independence of the United States: The Beginning of A Sometimes Overlooked Relationship”

Alvaro Rodriguez
Advisor in the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Lecture: “Spanish borders, US Slavery and Civil War: a Chronicle”

  • President: Julio Cañero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Federico Aznar (CESEDEN)
  • Francisco Castilla (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Lorenzo Delgado (CSIC)
  • José Antonio Gurpegui (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Santiago López (USAL)
  • Juan Carlos Mercado (CCNY-CUNY)
  • Rosa Pardo (UNED)
  • Julio Tascón (Universidad de Oviedo)
  • President: Julio Cañero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Carlos Aguasaco (CCNY-CUNY)
  • Isabel Albella (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Cristina Crespo (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Ana Lariño (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Misael Arturo López Zapico (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Ignacio Olmos (Instituto Cervantes New York)
  • Ana Elena Sancho (Instituto Franklin-UAH)

Photographic exhibition “On the tightrope: The United States and Spain, from Francoism to Transition”

The exhibition recreated various facets of the US presence in Spain, as an element that promoted the break with isolation and enhanced the financial and socio-cultural modernization of the country.

  • Fundación Consejo España-EEUU
  • ESPAUSA Enciclopedia
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Government of Spain
  • National Commission for the Commemorations of the New Spain.
  • Asociación J.W. Fulbright
  • Fulbright España Committee


A selection of articles of the conference will be published in the”Benjamin Franklin Library”.

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