02 February 2004:

'Aperturas' - or Openings' - was the title of an important international conference organised by the DIT School of Languages which took place in DIT Aungier Street last week. The conference was attended by academics, scholars and teachers of Spanish and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. In exploring the growth of Spanish around the world, the conference themes included the language itself, but also trade, commerce and tourism in the Spanish-speaking world; Spanish-language media, film and theatre; and Hispanic identities in the 21st century.

Tom Maranon Burns

The conference was opened by DIT President, Professor Brian Norton and the electrifying keynote address was delivered by Tom Burns Marañón, journalist, writer and Communications Director of the very influential Recoletos Multimedia Group. Other speakers included Rod Stoneman, Director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway and Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary "The Revolution will not be televised", which was screened during the conference; and Dra. Lourdes Diaz of the Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Spain also participated in a panel discussion on the changing influence of the Spanish-speaking cultures worldwide.

Conference delegates

For more information on thisconference or on any of the papers delivered, please contact Dr. Alma Conway, DIT School of Languages - alma.conway@dit.ie

The Ambassadors of Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Spain and Argentina

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