Working breakfast with David Armitage

09/16/2016

Trustees of the Fundación along with special guests from the academic and cultural field enjoyed a working breakfast with Professor David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and former Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, on September 16. Ambassador Gonzalo Quintero accompanied Professor Armitage to his journey to Madrid on occasion of the presentation of the Spanish version of his book “The History Manifesto”. They had been recently working closely at Harvard.

During the breakfast, Prof. Armitage stressed that there is a growing interest in the History of Spain within North American universities. This phenomenon can be explained due to two main factors. On one hand, the empowerment of the Hispanic community in the U.S., that demands the inclusion of Spanish history for a better knowledge of their history and origins. On other hand, the fact that the fast developing of the Atlantic history, that studies the Atlantic world beyond national histories, places Spain as a key player.

From his point of view, History is the antidote to short-termism and thus he advocates for a more significant role of historians in the public sphere. He also presented some initiatives undertaken across the U.S. to foster knowledge of Spanish history and the rich common history between both countries.

Manuel Lejarreta, Secretary General of the Fundación Consejo España - Estados Unidos, highlighted that one of the Foundation’s purposes is to enhance the knowledge of the history of Spain through the United Sates. Finally he thanked Professor Armitage for his interesting remarks during the gathering.