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Princess of Asturias Awards

02/04/2020

George Steiner, Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, has died

The Jury has bestowed the Award in 2001 on “one of the most outstanding humanists of our time” 

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George Steiner, 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, has died.

As stated in the Minutes of the Jury, the Jury has bestowed the award on “one of the most outstanding humanists of our time, the author of an extensive and varied literary production that has shed light on fundamental facets of our culture in essays that bring together literature, history, theology and anthropology. In his work, Steiner undertakes a critical analysis of the effects that the humanities, artistic creation and scientific knowledge have had on the shaping of the human spirit.”

Chaired by Manuel Olivencia, the Jury was made up of Adela Cortina, Ricardo Díez Hochleitner, Isabel Gómez-Acebo, Javier Gómez Cuesta, Miguel Ángel Gozalo, Juan Luis Iglesias Prada, Jorge Lozano, Catalina Luca de Tena, Hans Meinke, Beatriz de Moura, Pedro Páramo, Ernesto Sáenz de Buruaga, Ricardo Senabre, Jesús de la Serna, Enrique de Ybarra and Román Suárez Blanco, as acting secretary.

The Awards Ceremony, which took place on 26th October, was presided over by HM King Felipe VI, then Prince of Asturias. Besides the address by His Majesty, the speeches at the ceremony were given by Doris Lessing, George Steiner and the then President of the Foundation, José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles.

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