Jorge Urrutia (Madrid, 1945) is a poet, literary critic, essayist, translator and Professor of Spanish Literature at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. After graduating from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as a Doctor of Romance Languages, in 2013 he lectured in the Miguel Delibes Chair at the City University of New York (CUNY) and has taught at the universities of Strasburg and Seville. Academic director of the Instituto Cervantes from 2004 to 2009, he was one of the first to introduce the study of semiotics and the relations between theatre, literature, film and culture into Spain. In 1972 he was awarded the Premio Fray Luis de León for his translations of Paul Éluard’s Poèmes into Spanish.
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.