Eighty year ago, on April 1, 1939, the Spanish Civil War was officially declared over. One of its many tragic outcomes was the exile of as many as 500,000 people. Some of those fleeing, like the poet Antonio Machado, would die during the exodus or shortly after. Others, like the writer Jorge Semprún, would be sent later on to Nazi concentration camps. Many others did their best to start new lives in France, North Africa or the Americas, almost always dreaming of someday returning to a free Spain.
In places like Chile, Mexico, Cuba or Argentina, the contributions made by these Spanish Republican exiles to the eventual defeat of fascism, and to the cultures and economies of their adopted countries, are relatively well known. Fewer people are aware, however, of the remarkable legacy left by the Spanish Republican exiles in the United States.
In these two roundtable discussions, we will talk about this legacy focusing on the impact that the exiles had on the intellectual life of New York University and, more specifically, on how they influenced the study of Spanish art, culture and history at the University.
Georgina Dopico, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Rafael Conde de Saro, Consul General of Spain
María Dueñas (Visiting author)
James D. Fernández (NYU, FAS)
Juan José Herrera de la Muela (Consulate General of Spain in New York)
Alexander Nagel (NYU, IFA)
Edward Sullivan (NYU, IFA)
Marisol Téllez Urech (Researcher and author)
NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
Consulado General de España en Nueva York
Ministerio de Justicia - Gobierno de España