Founded in 1920 as the Instituto de las Españas, the Hispanic Institute for Latin American & Iberian Cultures at Columbia University is a scholarly and cultural center whose aims are to disseminate research on Iberian and Latin American cultures culture in all their manifestations and to promote academic and social events that showcase new contributions to Latin American and Iberian cultural production in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
The Institute is the official sponsor of all activities undertaken by the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia. Among these are a yearly lecture series that involves the visit to campus of renowned national and international scholars and a film series of Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan cinema (see previous events). Since its inception, the Hispanic Institute for Latin American & Iberian Cultures has published numerous scholarly books and anthologies, and, since 1934, the distinguished scholarly journal Revista Hispánica Moderna. RHM was the 2009 winner of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement.
The Institute’s home, the Casa Hispánica at Columbia University, hosts events that bring together intellectuals from diverse fields and supports the scholarly work of students, faculty, and independent scholars.
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