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DISCUSSION ON MOORISH HERITAGE SET FOR JAN. 4

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The Moorish Influence on the Virgin Islands will be the focus of an informal discussion lead by guest speaker Jose Ortega, a native of Granada, Spain.
Ortega, who holds a Ph.D. in romance languages from Ohio State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy and letters from the University of Granada, will speak on , "Southern Spain's Moorish Jewish and Christian Heritage."
Ortega has been a visiting professor at several U.S. universities including Skidmore, the University of New Mexico and Northwestern University, according to a release from the V.I. Genealogical Society, who along with the Planning and Natural Resources' Division of Historic Preservation is sponsoring the event.
Myron Jackson, president of the Genealogical Society, said the society has over the last year tried to offer speakers like Dr. Ortega whenever minds like his pass through the territory.
"We have a shared background with Spain, " Jackson said.
"It is important to see our history as part of a larger picture," he added.
The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at the V.I. Cultural Heritage Institute at 5-6 Kongens Gade.

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