The 'human' history of the ULPGC

Trinidad Arcos, Yolanda Arencibia and Maximiano Trapero are three professors of Humanities at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria who have sat down to remember and capture their memories. Its content has been collected in the volume of Diálogo Vivo ULPGC, 2 and was presented yesterday by the rector, Lluis Serra, the vice-rector for Culture, Cristina Roca and the director of the Publications Service, Antonio Martín.

The initiative of the rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Luis Serra, of leaving the history of this institution reflected through the testimony of its main protagonists, was thanked by the three professors, two women and one man, who They were the promoters of the Humanities subjects from the beginning and even before their creation.

Trinidad Arcos, Yolanda Arencibia and Maximiano Trapero were very excited yesterday during the presentation of the second volume of the Living Dialogue collection, dedicated to the beginnings of Humanities studies and entitled The consolidation of philological studies.

'Dialogo Vivo' is published in audiovisual and textual format and access to the electronic book and video is free


"Our work has turned what began as a partial university and very focused on the scientific and technological part, into a full institution like we have now," Trapero explained, coinciding with what was also expressed by his fellow professors.

Trinidad Arcos and Yolanda Arencibia also had an impact on what were "very hard" beginnings, where we had to fight against many misunderstandings but it is also true that we were so enthusiastic about getting our students to graduate in subjects that, in those years, could only be taken by the Distance University (UNED) or those who could afford to move to Tenerife”, explained the student of Benito Pérez Galdós.

The session with the testimonies of these three illustrious professors and professor was recorded on July 28, 2021 in the Auditorium of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and in it, together with the moderator, the director of the Publications Service, Antonio Mª Martín , the three shared experiences about their philological vocation, their academic training, their connection as professors first at the University College of Las Palmas and later with the ULPGC, the difficult relations with the University of La Laguna before the creation of the ULPGC, the illusion generated by social pressure and the creation project of the ULPGC and the creation and consolidation of the Faculty of Philology.

Serra was very proud of the work carried out by his colleagues at the academic institution


Living Dialogue is a collection that is published in audiovisual (video) and textual (book in print and electronic editions) format promoted by the rector and developed by the Vice-rectorate for Culture, Sports and Social Activation of the Campuses, to preserve the memory of this institution through the words and stories of its protagonists. Access to the electronic book and video is free, from the website of the ULPGC Scientific Publications and Dissemination Service.

Lluis Serra, the head of the institution, expressed his great desire to participate in this coming-out and, despite being isolated by Covid, highlighted by videoconference "the very special value of this II Volume, for its protagonists, tireless fighters in times, not so long ago, where their struggle has given rise to a complete University, which has overcome many shortcomings in infrastructure and funding but which has kept people like these professors who have given their best for so many years and that we never tire of thanking you for your enormous work». "This is and will continue to be that his commitment to Canarian society has no comparison with anything," stressed Serra.

The 'human' history of the ULPGC | | LP/DLP Paz Bernal PB

Yolanda Arencibia assured: "my classmates and I are truly grateful to this institution for allowing us to practice as teachers, which has always been the vocation of our lives." Trinidad Arcos valued all the students who have trained and the new teachers who now "work with us in the area of ​​Humanities and who are doing a magnificent job." For the three teachers, still having the ability to continue working is an "honor and a luck that other colleagues have lacked and we thank life for allowing us to be in this moment with our heads in place, with so many years on top God has been very generous in this regard.

Finally, Trapero described as "excellent the work being done by the people involved in this project to collect the memory of our work and that of the rest of our colleagues."

The rectors, the pioneers of 'Dialogues'

A first issue of this collection has already been published with the first two rectors, Francisco Rubio and Manuel Lobo, and other volumes have been recorded and are in the process of being prepared with two national and international references, the researchers, Pedro Betancor and Roberto Moreno. It also works on politics and demonstrations from the time of the creation of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with Antonio Marrero, Lorenzo Olarte and Jerónimo Saavedra and the Management of the ULPGC, with a manager from each of the four rectors. that the University has had up to now, Miguel Suárez de Tangil, Francisco Quintana, Conrado Domínguez and Eulaia Gil. This collection is produced by the units of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and its staff, such as the Publications and Scientific Dissemination Service, which has edited and supervised the collection, the ULPGC TV Production Media Laboratory , which has made and edited the recordings, the University Paraninfo and the Communication Office. In this second volume, the protagonists are Trinidad Arcos, professor of Latin Philology. Yolanda Arencibia is Emeritus Professor of Spanish Literature and holder of the Benito Pérez Galdós Chair since 1995. Finally, Maximiano Trapero is Emeritus Professor of Spanish Philology. His research has focused on lexical sematics, Guanche, toponymy, traditional oral poetry, and improvised poetry. | P.B

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