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Work of Fernando declared National Cultural Heritage

Fernando OrtizDuring a ceremony, on the 138th anniversary of the outstanding intellectual’s birth, held in the Aula Magna of San Gerónimo University College, in Havana’s central historic district, Gladys Collazo, president of the National Cultural Heritage Council, announced that the work of Ortiz has been declared National Cultural Heritage.

The official recognition establishes the Cuban state and its institutions’ commitment to safeguarding, preserving, and especially disseminating his work

Directly involved with the valuable legacy of the illustrious intellectual are the José Martí National Library, the Institute of Literature and Linguistics, the House of Africa, the National Museum of Music, and the Fernando Ortiz Foundation, whose president, the poet and ethnologist Miguel Barnet, presented a vivid recollection of his teacher and described his contributions as the most extraordinary in the field of Cuban Social Sciences throughout the twentieth century.Barnet’s dedication to the study and dissemination of Don Fernando’s work was praised by Eusebio Leal, Havana City Historian and host of the event.Dr. Eduardo Torres-Cuevas also spoke highlighting the importance of Ortiz’s studies for young scientists and intellectuals, while Dr. Nuria Gregori described the work of librarians, technicians, and archivists, in both the Institute of Literature and Linguistics and the National Library, in the care and cataloging of tens of thousands of manuscripts and documents.


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