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Spring Break Away 2017 - Spain

Course: HIST 174 Sacred Places:  Faith, History, and Geography

[satisfies Core Theme Area:  Faith and Reason]

Gaudi Park

In this course, students will study how cultures construct sacred places and how these sacred places can be examined to understand religion as a cultural expression. We will study the various historical forces that contributed to an interesting range of sacred sites in Spain. Geographical forms of sacred space reflect the identity and worldview of adherents.

Our travels will take us to Spain where we will experience the Andalusia region, Madrid and nearby Toledo. Andalusia was home to the Moorish empire with the cities of Seville, Córdoba and Granada. The romantic images of Andalusia, and Spain in general, spring vividly to life here: matadors, flamenco, tapas bars, gypsies and strolling guitarists. But there is so much more! Our study tour of sacred places in Spain will take us to the picturesque medieval city of Toledo, with its stunning blend of Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures. We will begin and end in Madrid and have time to visit the famous Prado Museum and get a strong sense of the warm and rich nightlife of this capital city.


Professor: Prof. Carolyn Trimarchi and Dr. Jean Anne Hattler

Prerequisites: The course is open to all, no prerequisites

Max enrollment: 20 students

More information: See Prof. Trimarchi, 603 College Hall or

Dr. Hattler, 601 Union

Class Time: T/TH 3:05-4:15p

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