Institut Ramon LLull

Sant Jordi returns to the North American universities

Universities.  USA and Canada, 20/04/2023

Students have an opportunity to study Catalan language, literature and culture at many North American universities. Many of those universities have organized special events to celebrate Sant Jordi, festivity dedicated to Catalonia’s patron Saint George, also known as the ‘Day of The Book and The Rose’.

University of California, Berkeley
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

April 14, 3:00pm

Durham Studio Theatre 

Words In Action - A Multilingual Performance Celebrating Linguistic Diversity at UC Berkeley. The students of Catalan 102 will perform two scenes of the play Morir (un moment abans de morir) by Sergi Belbel

April 20, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Social Sciences, 174

"Books, Roses, Dracs, and Snacks". Book exchange; roses; creative writing: "Give Drac a Chance: Your own Sant Jordi legend".

Indiana University Bloomington

April 20, 9:45am - 11:00am EST 

In Catalan. Hybrid event: GA 0005 / on Zoom.

Conversation with poet Blanca Llum Vidal about her book "Amor a la brega" and, more generally, her aesthetic explorations, her philosophical presuppositions, her feminist militancies, and her national commitments. 


Université de Montréal

April 21, at 9:00am EST

On Zoom. Free and open to everyone.​

Conversation with author Pol Guasch, about his book NAPALM IN THE HEART, moderated by Prof. Colin Zouvi.

April 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST

Homage to Mercedes Palomino at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert 


Richmond UniversitySchool of Arts & Sciences

April 21, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Humanities Commons in the Humanities Building

Books and Roses Celebration. Books, roses and cupcakes!


Columbia University, New York

April 23, 4:00pm EST

Casa Hispànica, 612 West 116 St.

A literary encounter with author Max Besora.

Roses, books and Catalan snacks to follow.



Stanford University

Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures

April 24, at 12:00pm (3:00pm EST)

Pigott Hall, German Library, Room 252

"Skin to Skin: Immunity in Recent Catalan Narrative", a talk by Prof. William Viestenz, University of Minnesota

Followed by a reception with poetry and roses at Oregon Courtyard, at 4:30pm EST


University of Massachusetts at Amherst

April 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm EST

Herter Hall (Room 301)

· Talk by Researcher Andrea Ruiz: "The Case of the Vidre Roig Camarasa in Mexico and Catalonia"

· 9th Translation Contest Award Ceremony: Poem "Albades" by Vicent Andrés i Estellés (1924-1993)

· Pa amb Tomaca and Porró Workshop

· Open Poetry Reading: Bring your favorite poem in any language (especially welcome if you wrote it!)

· Short Theater Play by Catalan Culture Course Students: "the Legend of Sant Jordi"

April 29, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Amherst Town Common

· The Spectacular Translation Machine, during the Multilingual Festival. The Catalan picture book Per què hi ha estrelles al cel? Llibre d'oficis curiosos, by Anna Obiols and Joan Subirana, will be translated into English and other languages.

May 2, 4:00pm - 5:00pm 

· Presentation of the Book: The Adventures and Misadventures of the Extraordinary and Admirable Joan Orpí, Conquistador and Founder of New Catalonia. Max Besora (Author) | Mara Faye Lethem (Translator)

· Talk by its Writer, Max Besora: "The Adventures of Joan Orpí: the Catalan Literature makes the Americas"



University of California, Berkeley

Indiana University Bloomington

Université de Montréal

Richmond University

Columbia University, New York

Stanford University

University of Massachusetts at Amherst



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