Intellectual Engagement in Barcelona


November 6 - 7, 2018


CEA Study Center
20 Plaça de Catalunya
2nd Floor
08002 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

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Intellectual Engagement in Barcelona Highlights

Join us in Barcelona this fall for free professional development events designed to get you thinking at the start of your conference week. Enjoy intellectual engagement with your colleagues and CEA’s faculty and staff, as you explore the CEA Study Abroad approach to education abroad.

Participation is FREE!

  • No cost to participate in either day
  • Refreshments on November 6 and lunch on November 7 included

Experience the CEA Study Abroad approach in Barcelona through:

  • Open House at the CEA Barcelona Center on Tuesday, November 6
  • Full day on Wednesday, November 7:
    • Tour of CEA's Barcelona Study Center
    • Student and staff presentation on CEA’s internship program, CEA’s Internships in Barcelona: Cultivating Career Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace
    • Delicious lunch at nearby venue
    • Round Table Discussion with local representatives and journalists on the topic of Nationalism in the New Age: Shaping the Message and Mobilizing the Masses Through Media—The Case of Catalonia


Presenters will include:


José B. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs & Initiatives
José B. Alvarez, Ph.D., serves as CEA’s senior academic leader and member of the CEA Executive Team. José sets CEA’s academic vision, ensuring the alignment of all academic offering and projects with CEA's School of Record and university partners. In addition, he is responsible for establishing and managing CEA’s external Advisory Board, in order to further innovate our curriculum and increase the diversity of our academic offerings. José also plays a strong collaborative role in CEA's U.S. university engagement initiatives to support the alignment of our messaging and training regarding CEA’s academic programs and expertise.
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Enric Figueras

Vice President, Spain
As Vice President, Spain, Mr. Figueras establishes a country strategy to ensure consistency among all sites, and to lead and support all program development initiatives geared toward enhancing quality. Mr. Figueras also monitors the academic standards of our programs and ensures that CEA policies are in place to serve the CEA community and deliver study abroad programs of quality and rigor.
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Maria Mateu

Experiential Learning Coordinator
As CEA Barcelona’s Experiential Learning Coordinator, Maria's role is to ensure the good process of daily operations related to experiential learning programs, including volunteering, international service learning, and career mentoring. Maria teaches Cross Cultural Management and Career Development courses at the CEA Barcelona Center. Along with her work at CEA, Maria delivers intercultural training workshops to individuals and groups, helping them develop and enhance their intercultural competence so they can work and live effectively across cultures.
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Schedule of Events


Day & Time : Wednesday, November 7th from 11:00 to 12:30 pm | CEA Barcelona Study Center


  • José B. Alvarez, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Initiatives, CEA Study Abroad
  • Maria Mateu, M.A., Experiential Learning Coordinator, CEA Study Abroad
  • Representative from local company 
  • CEA Barcelona Internship students


CEA International Internships’ Purpose, Alignment with NACE Career Readiness Competencies, and Dedicated Learning Outcomes: A Presentation by CEA Internship Leaders and Student Interns.

Round Table Discussion: Nationalism in the New Age: Shaping the Message and Mobilizing the Masses Through Media—The Case of Catalonia

Day & Time : Wednesday, November 7th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm | CEA Barcelona Study Center


  • Josep Maria Ganyet is a Catalan computer engineer. Graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1988, he then specialized in artificial intelligence. He began his career with IBM and Deutsche Bank in designing human interactions. In 1994 founded his first Internet company, Ars Virtualis. Currently, he is CEO and co-founder of Mortensen.co study and participates in the start-up Soundkik. In parallel, he is professor of new media studies of the Audiovisual Communication degree at the Pompeu Fabra University. He collaborates in radio broadcasting show El món a RAC 1, La Vanguardia and Barcelona TV, and works as a Gotomedia consultant. In 1998 he published the book Interacción humana con los ordenadores (UOC). He is also known for creating the 2012 campaign Keep Calm and Speak Catalan, based on the poster keep calm and carry on, against the education reform project undertaken by the Spanish Minister of Education, José Ignacio Wert (after its threat to "hispanize Catalan students"), a fact considered by most of the Catalan parliamentary spectrum as a threat to education in Catalan language.
  • Stephen Burgen has worked as journalist, novelist, and editor for the past 25 years. He first moved to Barcelona in 2001 as The Times correspondent for Spain. He has also worked freelance for other British press such as Sunday Times or Evening Standard. He currently covers Spain for The Guardian. correspondent for The Times. In recent years he has worked as a freelance journalist, contributing regularly to The Guardian. As translator end editor he has collaborated with Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Fundació Miró, Museo Reina Sofía, Museu Gaudí and IESE Business School among others.
  • Pipo Serrano is a journalist specialized in Radio, TV and Digital Journalism with more than 15 years of experience working in radio (Onda Cero, Rac1, Punto Radio, Catalunya Radio, RNE). His expertise is on new technology, mobile disruption and new media, which he applied in his latest appointment as digital expert of ‘8 al dia’ with Josep Cuní, one of the most respected anchors in Catalonia. Apart from that, he has also been involved in different scholarly projects. Since 2009 he teaches Digital Journalism to American students at CEA in Barcelona and he is a professor of the “Master of Journalism BCN_NY” of the School of Journalism at Columbia University & Barcelona University. In April 2017 he published two books with an importance presence of MoJo. Right now, he is transforming many projects (TV, Documentaries, Corporative Communication into MOJO and digital workflows).
  • A US Consulate representative will be present at the round table and will join us later at lunch.


CEA will host a group of prominent individuals from different fields and backgrounds to discuss the media's role in the contemporary nationalism currently shaping the social, political, and cultural agendas of Catalonia. Do not miss this opportunity to hear first-hand from authorized voices and to actively participate in the debate.

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