Apolinario Mabini and Isabelo delos Reyes have one thing in common – both of them will celebrate their 150th birth anniversaries this year.

Mabini, the “Brains of the Revolution,” was one of the country’s most important intellectuals during the country’s revolutionary period. Delos Reyes, the “Father of Filipino Socialism,” was a journalist, folklorist, politician, and labor activist.

To celebrate their lives and legacies, the international and interdisicplinary conference titled “Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation,” will be held from September 22 to 24 at the College of Arts and Letters Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

Noted scholars and writers Resil Mojares (University of San Carlos), Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines) and Merlinda Bobis (University of Wollongong) will serve as the conference’s keynote speakers. Bobis will also read from some of her award-winning literary works.

About 60 papers on wide-ranging disciplines will be presented on themes including people’s struggles; media and society; artists, writers, and musicians as intellectuals; archaeology and history of ideas; performance and public spaces; narratology and authorship; aesthetic traditions; pedagogy; and university life.

The conference is organized by the College of Mass Communication, in partnership with the Archeological Studies Program, College of Arts and Letters, College of Fine Arts, College of Music, College of Social Science and Philosophy and the School of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The conference is free for students, while a minimum conference fee of P3,000 will be charged for other participants.

Tickets to the opera Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka on September 23 (Abelardo Hall) and Dulaang UP’s Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini on September 24 (Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater) may be availed as part of the conference fee, on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more details, please send an email to filipinointellectuals150@gmail.com, visit www.facebook.com/intellectuals150 or call the secretariat at 920-6864.