Brazilian writer Nélida Piñón to present the Enrique V. Iglesias Chair for Culture and Development at the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has invited renowned Brazilian artist and writer Nélida Piñón to present the second lecture of the Enrique V. Iglesias Chair for Culture and Development, which was created to highlight the greatest humanists and cultural promoters in the region. The event will take place in Washington D.C. on December 5, 2013 at Bank headquarters.

The Chair Committee, composed of IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, Ibero-American Secretary General Enrique V. Iglesias, Costa Rica's Minister of Culture Manuel Obregón and well-known curator of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Mari Carmen Ramírez, has exalted the role of the Chair as a space for reflection on the role of culture in regional development.

Nélida Piñón is considered one of the most renowned exponents of contemporary Brazilian literature. Parallel to her career as a writer and journalist, Piñón has headed a large number of cultural institutions including the Creative Writing Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1970), the Cultural Division of the Department of Culture of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the Association of Friends of the Casa de la Cultura "Laura Alvim" (1987). She also served as vice president of the Writers Guild of Rio de Janeiro. Since 1989 she is member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, which she also presided from 1996 to 1997, becoming the first woman in the world presiding over a national literary academy.

WHAT:     Second lecture of the Enrique V. Iglesias Chair for Culture and Development

WHEN:     Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:   IDB, Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium
                1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20577      

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