Guarda receives candidacies for the Eduardo Lourenço Prize 2019

The Center for Iberian Studies (CEI), based in Guarda, has been running for the 15th edition of the Eduardo Lourenço Prize, today announced.

According to the CEI, until April 4, “any institution or person can send proposals” to the award “aimed at rewarding personalities or institutions with relevant intervention in the framework of Iberian culture, citizenship, and cooperation.”

The Eduardo Lourenço Prize, worth 7,500 euros, will be awarded by a jury composed of the members of the CEI (rectors of the Universities of Coimbra and Salamanca and the mayor of Guarda) and eight other members (representatives of the Commissions Executive and Scientific Committee of the CEI and four personalities invited by the board), the organization said in a statement.

The Prize with the name of the essayist Eduardo Lourenço, mentor and honorary director of CEI, had its first edition in 2004 and has already distinguished several prominent personalities from Portugal and Spain.

In previous editions, the Eduardo Lourenço Prize was awarded to professors Maria Helena da Rocha Pereira, journalist Agustín Remesal, pianist Maria João Pires, poet Ángel Campos Pámpano, professor of criminal law Jorge Figueiredo Dias, writers César António Molina, Mia Couto, Agustina Bessa Luís, Luís Sepúlveda and Basilio Lousada Castro, the theologian José María Martín Patino, the professors and researchers Jerónimo Pizarro and Antonio Sáez Delgado and the journalist and writer Fernando Paulouro das Neves.

The regulation of the Eduardo Lourenço 2019 Prize can be found at

The CEI was created from a challenge launched by the essayist Eduardo Lourenço, native of São Pedro do Rio Seco, in the county of Almeida, Guarda district, in the solemn session commemorating the Eighth Centenary of the Guarda Foral, in 1999.

It arose as a result of a partnership that initially involved the Guarda Municipal Council and the Universities of Coimbra and Salamanca (Spain) and, later, the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda.

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