[Blueboard] DR. BIENVENIDO LUMBERA'S NATIONAL ARTIST LECTURE
Department of English
Department at admu.edu.ph
Fri Jul 14 12:00:37 PHT 2006
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
The National Artist Lectures
BIENVENIDO LUMBERA, Ph. D.
National Artist for Literature 2006
NATION AND ART:
Why a National Artist?
The National Artist Award, as an institution in a society in the throes of
defining its cultural identity, assumes there is a role for the artist in
nation-building. What are the political and artistic implications of the
existence of such an institution?
17 July 2006
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
PROFESSOR BIENVENIDO LUMBERA is perhaps among the country's most multi-awarded
Filipinos today. He was Ateneo's Tanglaw ng Lahi Awardee in 2000, recipient of
the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1993, and winner of prestigious literary awards
like the Centennial Literary Awards in Playwriting in 1998. He is among the
country's most respected literary and cultural critics who has published books
of poems, plays, librettos, essays, translation, criticism and literary
history, and continues to mentor the country's best writers, teachers and
scholars. Detained during the Marcos dictatorship, he continues to be active
in the movement for nationalism, freedom and democracy. He was Irwin Chair
Professor of Literature in the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila, and
now Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines. He is a national
council member of the multi-sectoral Bagong Alyansang Makabayan
(BAYAN) and chair or the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) and an
active member of other groups clamoring for nationalism and social justice.
He is the country's National Artist for Literature in 2006 for outstanding
contributions to the development of Philippine arts and culture.
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