Chile @ Catz

Chile @ Catz

St Catherine’s College celebrated its long-standing Chilean connections with a series of events at the start of November.

We welcomed the Chilean cultural attaché, Mr Cristián León, as well as Professor Catherine Boyle (KCL) and Gloria Garafulich-Grabois of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation Inc. (USA) on the occasion of a symposium to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Gabriela Mistral’s Nobel Prize for Literature, held at the Taylor Institute.

The College also played host to the Chilean Ambassador, Mr Rolando Drago, to mark the signing of a new exchange with the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura (UCBC), Santiago de Chile. Representatives of UCBC joined the Master, Professor Roger Ainsworth, and tutors in Modern Languages, for a lunch to celebrate an agreement that will allow a Catz student of Spanish to spend part of  their year abroad in Chile, while a UCBC student will visit Catz in return.

St Catherine’s has a history of strong links with Chile. Robert Pring-Mill, the first fellow in Spanish, was a pioneering expert in the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Chile’s second Nobel Prize for literature. Nicanor Parra is also an Honorary Fellow, and last year Ben Bollig, the Fellow in Spanish, visited him in his home in Chile to celebrate the poet’s 100th birthday.