delivers 2001 Jose Rizal Lecture, attends French educational
Isagani Cruz of the International Studies (IS) Department
delivered the 2001 Jose Rizal Lecture in the 43rd Annual Conference
of the Philippine Center of International PEN (playwrights,
essayists, novelists). It was held at the CAP Building in
Dumaguete City on November 30. The Jose Rizal Lecture is the
most prestigious annual lecture among writers. Claro M. Recto
gave the first lecture in 1958.
Cruz spoke in Filipino on “Ang Kritikang Pampanitikan ni Jose
Rizal.” He used the original Spanish, German, and French critical
theory texts of Rizal and applied the national hero’s critical
theory to the latest books in English of National Artists
F. Sionil Jose and Edith L. Tiempo. Both Jose and Tiempo were
recipients of honoris causa doctoral degrees from DLSU-M.
Since 1921, when it was founded in London by John Galsworthy,
International PEN has endured as the only worldwide organization
of literary writers. It has grown to include Centers on six
continents with a total membership of more than 10,000.
In related news, Cruz, chair of the IS Department, and Dr.
Estrellita Gruenberg, dean of the College of Liberal Arts,
were guests of the French Government during the EDUCATEC 2001
educational exhibition held in Paris on November 21-25.
Gruenberg and Cruz also met with officials of the Ministry
of National Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They also met with the administrators of various French educational
institutions, to discuss scholarships for Filipino students
to France. They were part of a group of Filipino educators
from government and academe.
ME faculty shares expertise at student confab
Dr. Manuel Belino and Dr. Alvin Culaba of the Mechanical Engineering
Department were guest speakers during the 3rd Mechanical Engineering
Student Conference held on November 23-24 at the Don Bosco
Technical College in Mandaluyong City.
Belino talked about environmental ethics for engineers, while
Culaba spoke on environmental management. They were joined
by the officers of the Mechanical Engineering Society (MES)
as student delegates in the conference.
In related news, Godofredo Salazar, another faculty member
of the department, participated in the 6th Annual Conference
on Mini-Hydro Development on November 22-23.
The Philippine Association of Small Scale Hydropower, Inc.,
organized the conference with the theme, “Challenges in a
Privatized and Restructured Power Industry,” in coordination
with the Department of Energy.