A priest and Catholic theologian, Olegario González de Cardedal (Lastra del Cano, Ávila, 1934) holds a Doctor of Theology from the University of Munich and has been Professor of Christology at the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca and the founder and director of the Chair of Theology “Domingo de Soto” at the Universidad de Salamanca. He was a member of the International Theological Commission and the Pontifical Council for Culture, a consultant with the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers and assistant to the Second Vatican Council.
He is a recipient of many awards, including the Espasa de Ensayo (1984), Ortega y Gasset de Ensayo (1985), Nacional de las Letras “Teresa de Ávila” (2001), Castilla y León de las Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (2004), the Medalla de Oro de la Ciudad de Salamanca (2010) and the first Joseph Ratzinger Prize in Theology in 2011.
He is a fellow of the Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas and writes for ABC.
This initiative takes place in the form of a series of talks with outstanding personalities from different cultural areas who were one-time recipients of a scholarship or grant from the Fundación Juan March, which they used to begin their careers or progress professionally in their respective disciplines. With the descriptions of their experiences, the Fundación Juan March aims to put the spotlight on their lives and careers and consequently portray the evolution of a country, capturing an image of Spain during the 1950s, 60s and 70s and projecting it on to the Spain of today. This is the explanation for the title of this activity, "Memories of the Fundación": a series of programs looking back on the origins of outstanding professional careers, as well as because the results of these scholarships were reflected in a final report (referred to as a "memoria" in Spanish) or thesis deposited at the Fundación.
The host is the journalist Íñigo Alfonso, who has worked at Radio Nacional de España (RNE) since 2001, where he has performed different roles at RNE in the areas of economy and national news information, directing the late news program "24 Horas" (24 Hours). He has been co-director of the lunchtime TVE News. He is presently coordinating the parliamentary area of the news services at RNE.
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