Arcadio Díaz Quiñones Humanist of the Year 2016

enowned essayist and intellectual Arcadio Díaz Quiñones received the 2016 Humanist of the Year award, the highest recognition granted by the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities (FPH for its Spanish acronym) to Puerto Ricans who have made significant contributions to disseminating knowledge of the humanities through their lives and their work.

The ceremony, which took place on October 28 at the Jesús María Sanromá Theater at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, brought together a large group of renowned intellectuals and academics of Puerto Rico who shared in the celebration of the well deserved honor given to the creator of works such as “La memoria rota” and “El arte de bregar.”

“Arcadio Díaz Quiñones is the creator of exemplary work that seduces us with its novel interpretations and calls us to reflect on the reality of our history within the island and beyond. For the Endowment, it is an honor to recognize this great intellectual whose work, in turn, concocts new perspectives about our Puerto Rican and Antillean identity,” said Dr. César Rey Hernández, executive director of the FPH.

As part of the activity, Díaz Quiñones, who for several years taught Latin American literature at the prestigious Princeton University in New Jersey, presented a lecture on the topic of the “endings” in literature and national political life.