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April 12: Renowned Spanish novelist chronicles history, culture of Catalonia

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

 FREDERICK, Md.—A bestselling, and renowned Spanish novelist from Barcelona, Spain, will lecture on history, cultural and linguistic diversity and ancient maps on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Hood College.

Alfred Bosch, lecturer in African history at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, will give a lecture, in English, titled "A Map is Not a Map," in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons. The talk will chronicle the Spanish region of Catalonia, and its capital, Barcelona, through ancient maps, illustrating it as a distinct cultural entity, and show how history and politics have shaped the area and the Catalan culture.

Bosch is a member of the Association of Catalan Language Writers, an expert in African Studies and a connoisseur of the Middle Ages. His novel "L'Atles furtiu," won him the esteemed Sant Jordi (St. George) Prize and launched his career. He will spend three days at Hood, visiting classes, teaching a mini-workshop and interacting with the community.

This event, sponsored by the Charlotte Moran Visiting Scholar Fund and organized by the department of foreign languages and literatures, is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event contact Jeanie Cronin at or call (301) 696-3473.