Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Joana Sabadell-Nieto was invited to participate in a round table discussion about the work of novelist Gonzalo Torrente Ballester (1910-1999) on Oct. 13 at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City. The discussion was held in conjunction with the opening of “Gonzalo Torrente Ballester and the United States: New Horizons, Lasting Influences,” an exhibit about Torrente Ballester’s life and work.
Sabadell-Nieto also presented a lecture titled “Personal Writings: History and how Torrente Ballester came to Albany” on Oct. 14 at the State University of New York at Albany. The lecture was part of a day of lectures, discussion, readings and film showings co-organized by Sabadell-Nieto as part of her work-in-progress on the transcription and editing of Torrente Ballester's unpublished diaries. Sabadell-Nieto worked with the New York State Writers Institute and SUNY Albany’s libraries and office of international education to organize the event.
According to Sabadell-Nieto, Torrente Ballester was “one of the interesting Spanish writers of the 20th Century [and] taught at the University at Albany between 1968 and 1972, looking for an intellectual escape from Franco’s Dictatorship. His years in the United States proved to be extraordinarily productive and at least three of his major and most imaginative novels would not have been possible without his teaching and time in New York State.”