The philologist Leonardo Romero Tobar is Emeritus Professor of the History of Literature at the Universidad de Zaragoza. He holds a PhD in Romanic Philology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his areas of research are Romanticism and the nineteenth-century Spanish novel. He is also a specialist in the works of Juan Valera, coordinating the edition of his Correspondencia in eight volumes.
His numerous studies include: La novela popular española del siglo XIX (1976), Panorama crítico del romanticismo español (1994), La literatura en su historia (2006), Dos liberales o lo que es entenderse. Hablando con Larra (2007), Literatura y nación: la emergencia de las literaturas nacionales (2008) and, more recently, Goya en las literaturas (2016).
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.