Cabrini event celebrates Spanish influence _lowres

Photo contributed by Cabrini High -- Vivian Coutin is Cabrini High School's assistant principal for curriculum instruction and professional development.

Cabrini High School hosted the Día de la Hispanidad 2015 in the school’s Sr. Aloysius Almerico Memorial Library on Columbus Day, in recognition of Spain’s historic and cultural influence on the world.

Vivian Coutin, assistant principal for curriculum instruction and professional development at Cabrini and president of Sociedad Española, sponsored the event, which in Spain marks a national holiday honoring Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas and Spain’s contributions in the region.

The afternoon included two lectures given by Dr. Alfredo Lopez, past president of Sociedad Española, and Dr. Hortensia Calvo, director of the Latin American Library of Tulane University.

The lectures highlighted Saint Teresa of Avila and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, two influential women writers of Spanish descent from the 16th and 17th centuries. The afternoon concluded with Coutin speaking about St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, patroness of immigrants and founder of Cabrini High School.