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Gonzalez-Viaña awarded distinction of honorary professor

Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez-Viaña

Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez-Viaña, professor of Spanish and critically acclaimed author

Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez-Viaña, professor of Spanish and critically acclaimed author, was given the title of honorary professor from the International University of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

Last month, Gonzalez-Viana was invited to visit Spain by the University of Oviedo and the International University of Catalunya. Both institutions were interested in his novels, which have been the subject of numerous academic theses in Spain. While in Barcelona, he took part in the cycle of continuing education of the School of Law at the International University of Catalunya analyzing the judicial process as a literary subject.

“As in the distinctions that I received, Western Oregon University is the guilty party. Here, I receive inspirations and support everyday. WOU encourages and approves the diversity and the literary creation of its Latino writer,” said Gonzalez-Viaña.

Gonzalez-Viaña has authored more than 30 published works and has been the recipient of many prestigious literary awards. Among these, the Congressional Medal of Honor of Peru in the grade of Gran Cruz, the International Latino Prize of the United States, the National Prize of Literature of Peru, and the International Prize of Narrative Juan Rulfo. Gonzalez-Viaña literary works have manifested the hardships and miracles of Latin American immigrants in the United States.

Recently Eduardo Gonzalez-Viaña presented the biography of Cesar Vallejo a Peruvian author who is considered, with Pablo Neruda, as one of the two most important poets of the 20th century in the Spanish language. Gonzalez-Viaña was able to reconstruct Vallejo’s tragic incarceration and wondrous life experiences all with judicial records and a series of unpublished letters.

Gonzalez-Viaña’s novel “Dante’s Ballad” is considered a classic literary piece that depicts immigration in the United States. In less than two years the novel has been published worldwide and in several languages (English, Spanish, and Italian). In 2007, Gonzalez-Viaña won the International Latino Prize of Novel for “Dante’s Ballad” an event widely covered by media. The well known writers Gioconda Belli and Isabel Allende shared the second prize.

The author publishes every week “El Correo de Salem,” a column that appears in dozens of publications and the network of Spanish newspapers “La Nueva España.”  The column serves as a voice for immigrant rights, but also tries to depict life in North America.

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Interview contact:
Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez-Viaña, professor of Spanish
503-838-8249 or gonzale@wou.edu

5 thoughts on “Gonzalez-Viaña awarded distinction of honorary professor

  1. Eduardo es celoso de mi pelo pero Soy celoso de su inteligencia. Jaja Estoy feliz aprender de un gran mente

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