Arte Público Press Director and University of Houston Brown Foundation professor of Hispanic Studies, Nicolás Kanellos, received one of the Spanish government’s highest distinctions. With the Royal Sanction of Spain’s King Felipe VI, Kanellos received the “Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica” in a private ceremony at the Houston residence of the Consul General of Spain on Friday, May 20.
“With the distinction conferred to Dr. Kanellos, Spain wishes to recognize his contribution to the knowledge and dissemination of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture in the United States,” said Consul General Enric Panés Calpe.
The Order of Isabella “Cruz de Oficial” is one of the highest ranks within the Order created in 1815 by King Fernando VII in honor of Queen Isabella I of Castile.
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From left: Rick Short, Pamela Ortiz, Jaime Ortiz, Paula Short, Nicolás Kanellos, Enric Panés, Bice Panés, Patricia Solar and Trini Mendenhall
From left: Provost Paula Short, Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, General Consul Enric Panés and Bice Panés