In October, Carmen Caro Dugo, associate professor, translator of the Department of Roman Languages of the VU Institute of Foreign Languages was awarded the Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. The associate professor was awarded for the meaningful work and significant contribution to a deeper cognition of Spanish and Lithuanian cultures, for the complex translation of the Lithuanian epic poem Seasons (Metai) into the Spanish language. Seasons (Metai) is a canonic masterpiece of early Lithuanian literature, written in hexameters by Kristijonas Donelaitis.
The award was presented by Mr Emilio Fernández-Castaño, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Lithuania.
"I am deeply honoured to receive this award. And I am happy not for myself, but for the fact that the efforts to facilitate cultural ties between our two beloved countries – Spain and Lithuania, were evaluated so highly. I was deeply exited by His Excellency Ambassador’s phrase that my merit is not only that I contribute to the dissemination of Spanish culture in Lithuania. The fact that my translation will open the minds of Spaniards to the Lithuanian culture is of major significance too. It is satisfying indeed to know, that the Spanish Embassy appreciates the importance of culture,"- said Doc. C. Caro Dugo.