The virtue, humility and extensive professional career of the doctor in Historical Sciences Pedro Pablo Rodríguez López were awarded with the title of Professor Emeritus of the University of Matanzas, distinction awarded by the house of high studies yumurina at the request of the Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences .
In the protocolary ceremony, also honored with the presence of Ercilio Vento Canosa, Historian of the City, the honoree once again showed his wisdom in what could be cataloged as the work of his life: the exhaustive study of the work of José Martí; and his teaching skills, accumulated in his years of work at the University of Havana and the Higher Institute Enrique José Varona, where he obtained the categories of professor and deputy respectively.
“For me it has a special connotation because it is the first recognition of this kind that I receive and I am doubly pleased because it is granted by an institution with which I have long-standing ties. Affective bonds also join me, because after Havana, it is the city where I would like to live and not only for its tradition, but also for its beauty and for its friends. This is a sample of friendship in its purest form. As always, but now with more reasons, the University of Matanzas has in me a faithful collaborator, “he said exclusively to Radio 26.
With an endorsement highlighting the National Award for Social and Humanistic Sciences and his election as academic of merit of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, Rodríguez López is the general director of the critical edition of the Complete Works of the Apostle: “It is a work that started Cintio Vitier and Fina García Marruz that produced the publication of two volumes and the completion of four other volumes. They retired in the mid 80’s and from the 90’s we decided in the center (Center of Martian Studies) to continue this endeavor. We start from his idea of ordering the work chronologically as far as possible and incorporate the critical apparatus that will help the contemporary reader to understand the texts.
“No doubt Martí is one of the most important writers in the world and one of the first in the Spanish language, although he would never allow that distinction. His handling of the language is the result of an immeasurable knowledge accumulated with intention and inspiration: the same uses the style of the classics of the fifteenth century that creates neologisms in heaps.
“He is a man who dialogues with art even though he is geographically and culturally distant: he knows how to read and write perfectly in English and French; He knows a little German and Italian; he is interested in everything from the ancient American cultures, the European ones, to the Asian and African ones; he read The Ramayana, that great epic of India; he had references of the creation of the Chinese, in short, he possessed a knowledge that he reflected in his literary production.”
At the ceremony held at the pharmaceutical museum, a building declared a National Monument in 2007, attended Leyda Finalé de la Cruz, rector of the academic institution whose faculty is prestigious with the inclusion of Doctor in Historical Sciences Pedro Pablo Rodríguez López.
Rodríguez López is also a member and secretary of the Academy of History of Cuba, he is a member of the National Court of Scientific Categories, the History of Scientific Degrees and the National Council of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba. Among his books are De las dos Américas. (Approaches to Martian thought), Journalism as mission. -Compilation of texts about the journalism of José Martí and José Martí in the United States. -Journalism from 1881 to 1892, in that article he worked as coordinator with Roberto Fernández Retamar and De todos partes. -Profiles of José Martí and Al sol voy, Glimpses of Marti politics.
Rodríguez holds the Carlos J. Finlay Order, the Distinction for National Culture, the Alejo Carpentier Medal, the National History Award 2010 and the National Prize for Cultural Research 2017 for the work of a lifetime.
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