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Consul general to speak today at opening of IUPUI Spanish Resource Center

The School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will celebrate the opening of a new Spanish language and culture center with a lecture featuring a Spanish diplomat.

Javier Rupérez

Ambassador Javier Rupérez, consul general of Spain in Chicago, will speak on "Europeans and Americans: So Similar So Different," at 4 p.m. today (March 8) .

Ambassador Javier Rupérez, consult general of Spain in Chicago, will speak on "Europeans and Americans: So Similar So Different," at 4 p.m. today (March 8) in Room 405 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

The lecture marks the official inauguration of a new office for the Spanish Resource Center (SRC) in the IU School of Liberal Arts. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location, Cavanaugh Hall Room 205, will precede the lecture. A reception will take place following the talk.

Rupérez holds degrees in law and journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid. He joined the Spanish Diplomatic Service in 1967 and has held the rank of full ambassador for five years. As a diplomat he has been posted in Ethiopia, Poland, Finland and Switzerland, and has held several positions, including ambassador of Spain to the United States of America from 2000 to 2004.

In 1979, the Basque separatist group ETA kidnapped Rupérez, a former Spanish Parliament member, and held him captive for a month.

The Spanish Resource Center in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI is the result of a cooperative effort between the school's Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Spanish Ministry of Education. The SRC is a one-of-a-kind resource in the Midwest with a mission of improving the teaching of the Spanish language and culture. It is one of only 12 such centers across the country.

The SRC at IUPUI holds a collection of approximately 8,000 items donated by the Spanish government, making it one of the largest multi-media libraries of its kind in the country.

Besides having access to the center's vast collection of materials on Spanish language and culture, students and teachers who use the center enjoy free daily tutoring in Spanish and a weekly conversation hour. The center also provides teacher training through workshops and seminars, and cultural activities and information on programs offered by the Ministry of Education of Spain.

Additional information about the SRC can be found on the Web at:

For additional information on the SRC inaugural events or to RSVP, e-mail with "SRC Inaugural Ceremony" in the subject line; or call 317-274-2288.