VIII Bernardo de Gálvez Award: Stanley G. Payne

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 19:00

The Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. has awarded the American historian and hispanist Stanley G. Payne the “Galardón Bernardo de Gálvez”, in recognition to his valuable contribution to better understand the contemporary history of Spain in the United States. Since the 50’s, Professor Payne has dedicated his academic activity to clarify the origins of fascism and its impact in the history of Spain along the 20th century, publishing about this issue more than two dozens of books and more than 150 articles in specialized magazines and the media.

Professor Payne has a Ph.D in History from Columbia University and he is currently Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he holds the Hilldale-Jaume Vicens Vives chair. In Spain, he is corresponding member of the Royal Academy of History and the Royal Academy of Moral and Politics Sciences and has been awarded, among other honors, the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic and a doctorate honoris causa from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

The award ceremony took place on 13 March at the Palace of Santoña, headquarters of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. The event was presided by Juan Lladó, Chairman of the Board, and conducted by the Secretary General, Manuel Mª Lejarreta. The speeches honoring Professor Payne were delivered by the historian and writer Elvira Roca and the professor emeritus of History and Economic Institutions at the University of Alcalá, Gabriel Tortella. Professor Payne, who was unable to travel to Madrid due to medical reasons, followed the ceremony through a video call and had the occasion to deliver live his speech of gratitude to an audience of more than eighty attendees to the ceremony.