Luce López-Baralt Awarded the Pedro Henríquez Ureña International Prize for Essay


EFE reports that the Mexican Academy of Language [Academia Mexicana de la Lengua (AML)] unanimously awarded the Pedro Henríquez Ureña International Essay Prize to Luce López-Baralt, “a member of the Puerto Rican Academy of Language and ‘integrator of worlds and linguistic cultures’ in the Hispanic tradition.”’ The Puerto Rican scholar and educator received the recognition at an awards ceremony celebrated in November at the Manuel M. Ponce Hall of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

The award is meant for essay writers who write in Spanish, regardless of their country of origin or residence, whose trajectory has stood out in the essay genre. According to the ruling, “her dazzling writing has had little recognition for what an intellectual vocation and a life dedicated to research such as hers deserves.”

The AML considered that “Luce López-Baralt is a figure who integrates worlds and linguistic cultures that are at the root of the Hispanic, Jewish and Islamic traditions” because she emphasizes in her writing “the nuanced and harmonious plurality of motives, sources, languages and cultures.”

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