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International Seminar Series: Catalonia’s Independence Movement
Title of Presentation: Catalonia’s Independence Movement
Speaker: Montserrat Mir, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Illinois State University
Presentation Overview: Catalonia is in northeastern Spain with Barcelona as its capital. Many Catalans feel that they are a separate people with their own history, language, and culture which must be protected through the restoration of their own nation. In this talk, I will briefly explain the historical reasons for the independence movement as well as the most recent events that led to the referendum in Oct. 1 and the declaration of independence by the Catalan government afterwards.
Speaker Bio: Born in Barcelona. BA in English Studies from the University of Barcelona. PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Joined ISU in 1997. Currently Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at ISU.
Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The spring 2018 series will focus on Europe in a global context.