October 10, 2008 The Encyclopedia of the Spanish Language in the United States to be Presented at the Library of Congress
Press Contact: Erin Allen (202) 707-7302
Public Contact: Cynthia Acosta (202) 707-2013
The Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and the Cervantes Institute will present a program on “La Enciclopedia del Español en Estados Unidos” (Santillana, 2008) on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling (202) 707-2013. The Spanish language encyclopedia was prepared under the auspices of the Cervantes Institute with assistance from the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. According to Humberto López Morales, secretary general of the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language (Madrid), more than 80 experts from both sides of the Atlantic wrote articles and annotations for the encyclopedia, which is the first of its kind. The compendium encompasses the presence and usage of Spanish in the area that is today the United States, starting with the first arrival of Spaniards, such as Ponce de León and Esteban Gómez, to the 21st century. Speakers at the event will include Georgette M. Dorn, chief of the Hispanic Division; Gerardo Pina Rosales, president of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language; Luis Alberto Ambroggio, a poet and one of the contributors to the encyclopedia; Eduardo Lago, director of the Cervantes Institute in New York City; Carmen Caffarel Serra, director of the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, Spain; and Morales. The event will be presented in Spanish, but English translation will be available. The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s Web site www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at www.myLOC.gov. The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the Library’s center for the study of the cultures and societies of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean and other areas with significant Spanish or Portuguese influence. For more information about the division’s resources and programs, visit www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/.