The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center has announced its 2019-2020 Visiting Chair, Cristina Pato. The noted Galician bagpiper, musician, writer, producer and educator will organize and host a series of public events throughout the fall. Pato marks the first musician to hold the appointment. In addition to performing on major stages around the world, she has devoted her professional life to fostering cultural exchange and forging new paths for the Galician bagpipe.

Cristina Pato, photo by Xan Padrón

Pato will also teach a class during the spring semester, titled Invisible Music of Northern Spain. “I thought about designing and curating a specific set of events that would use this idea of ‘invisibility’ as a way to connect the dots between the disciplines I’ve worked with over the years, and to address important conversations about the role of the arts in cultural memory, diversity and migration,” she said.

The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair is offered for one semester each year to a scholar or public figure connected to Spain or the Iberian peninsula. 

All events are held at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, located at 53 Washington Square South, and are free, open to the public and in English, unless otherwise noted. Seating for events is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.3650 or visit KJCC's website. Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Transcending Disciplines: An Artist’s Journey to Cultural Sustainability

A lecture and performance with CRISTINA PATO, a master of the Galician bagpipes (gaita), a classical pianist and a passionate educator.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
An Invisible Ancestry and the Unquiet Genes of the Brain

A conversation with Cristina Pato and KENNETH S. KOSIK, the Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research and co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Afro Latin Perspectives in Jazz and Classical Music

Cristina Pato hosts a conversation with:
AFA S. DWORKIN - President and Artistic Director of Sphinx Organization
ARTURO O’FARRILL - Founder and Artistic Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Bilingual Societies and Sustainability: Spain’s other languages

Cristina Pato hosts a round table featuring:
FRANCISCO CASTRO - Managing Director, Editorial Galaxia (Galicia, Spain)
ROSE REY - Editor in Chief, Angle Editorial (Catalunya, Spain)
LOREA AGIRRE - Editor in Chief, Jakin Magazine (Basque Country, Spain)

Editor’s Note:
Since 1997, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center has centered on increasing awareness of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world at NYU and fostering cultural and intellectual exchange. Having established itself with numerous well-received programs, it offers a wide array of lectures, conferences, readings, screenings, exhibitions, among different special events, with the aim of reaching a growing audience while deepening its commitment to its current constituency. For more, please visit NYU KJCC.