The Sewanee Summer-in-Spain program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Medieval Spain and the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Classes meet in Sewanee, in Madrid, and on the pilgrimage road in northern Spain. The program offers credit for two full courses plus physical education:
Spanish 314. Introduction to Medieval Spain and the Road to Santiago
An introduction to the history, literature, and culture of medieval Spain. Selected texts covering the Spanish medieval canon, monastic culture, and the complex relationships among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Emphasis on the phenomenon of the pilgrimage road that crosses northern Spain. Prerequisite: Spanish 203.
Art History 214. Spanish Art, Western Art, and the Road to Santiago
An approach to Western Art, particularly Spanish, in connection with the development of the pilgrimage road to Santiago, starting from its origins in early Christianity, focusing on medieval art, and discussing its persistence in the Modern Era. Special emphasis will be given to the importance of multidisciplinary studies concerning the subject.
Physical Education 214. Pilgrimage to Santiago
Pilgrims who walk 200 of the proposed 280 mile trek will receive one PE credit.
Students on the program spend 10 days in Sewanee living together in Hoffman Hall. Each day there are four hours of classes dealing with medieval Spain, the pilgrimage route, and Spanish language. In addition, there are various hikes to sites of interest around Sewanee. Next the program moves to Madrid for a period of two weeks. Students live with Spanish families and are tutored by Spanish university students. Three group excursions are planned during this period: to Silos, Toledo, and El Escorial. In addition, there are daily classes and visits to the major museums of Madrid: the Prado, the Queen Sophie, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Students are exposed to the fine points of bull fighting and attend one corrida. Finally, the program moves to the north of Spain where students and professors traverse the country following the traditional route of medieval pilgrims. This part of the program consists of 22 days of hiking. Vans are available for transport to a variety of historic and cultural sites proximate to the pilgrim route. The program arrives at Compostela and students participate in the celebration of the Feast of St. James on July 25th. The program begins in Sewanee on June 8th and ends in Madrid on July 26th.
Stephen B. Raulston, Professor of Spanish, The University of the South
Thomas D. Spaccarelli, Professor of Spanish, The University of the South
Antonio E. Momplet, Professor of Medieval Art, Complutense University of Madrid; Visiting Professor of Art History, The University of the South
For further information, consult the program website or contact Associate Dean Larry Jones, Coordinator of Foreign Study, The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-1000, 931.598.1187.