Life, Art, and History of Spain


Please plan to attend one of our two mandatory Health and Safety meetings.
Attendance of a Health and Safety meeting is required in order to participate in your study abroad program. 
Here are the dates for our Health and Safety meetings:
Thursday, March 8, 2018    4-5PM                       Burdick Room 205
Thursday, March 15, 2018  1:40-2:30 (x period)  Old Main Room 114
Text @hef36 to 81010 to get reminders on your phone for upcoming meetings!

Life, Art, and History in Spain 2018 offers an unique opportunity for collaborative learning and cultural immersion in Spain. Before leaving for Spain, all students will spend two weeks on campus with all three professors, engaging in preparation and collaborative learning in all fields: art history, history of witchcraft, Spanish history, and Spanish language and culture. Starting with our arrival in Barcelona, students will dive deep into culture, history, and language from Mediterranean coast to Atlantic coast in Spain, and will get to experience daily life in a small city during our week in León, a city founded during Roman times that, by the 12th century, became part of the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. By the end of the trip, students will have interacted with Paleolithic cave paintings; explored art and architecture of all periods (highlights include: Gothic Cathedrals, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, paintings by El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya, Picasso’s Guernica, and contemporary art at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum); eaten traditional Spanish cuisine; conversed in Spanish; and visited historic sites, including the annual festival at the Witch Cave of Zugarramurdi. Even more importantly, students will have been immersed in the everyday life of four distinct cultures of Spain, each with its own language and traditions: Castilla (Léon, Madrid, Burgos, Toledo), Galicia (Santiago), Basque Country (Bilbao, Zugarramurdi), and Catalonia (Barcelona)!

Dr. Jennifer Parrack, Assistant Professor, Spanish

SPAN 2340 Intensive Oral Practice Abroad in Spanish

SPAN 3315 Topics in Spanish Civilization

Dr. Gayle Seymour, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Fine Arts and Communication

ART 4390 Special Studies in Art History

Dr. Jennifer Parrack, Assistant Professor, Spanis

Dr. Jennifer Parrack was lucky enough to attend a public high school with foreign exchange students, and so was able to travel for free to spend the summer with a family in Vitoria, Spain. This first trip inspired a life-long passion for Spanish language, culture, and literature. Dr. Parrack spent a semester in Spain as an undergrad and, as the modern Peninsular specialist at UCA, has advised many students who have chosen to spend a semester or more at our exchange partner, the University of León. In 2008, she and Dr. John Parrack led a wonderful group of UCA students in a month-long trip to Spain which included a long stay in León, and is very excited to return with a new group of UCA students in 2018. Dr. Parrack specializes in modern and contemporary Spanish culture and literature: her course for majors and minors will look at how the culture of today is connected to Spain’s long past. She will also be teaching a conversation class for beginning and intermediate Spanish students on the trip.

Dr. Jennifer Parrack • Irby 409 • Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Gayle Seymour, Professor of Art History

Dr. Gayle Seymour,
Professor of Art History

Dr. Gayle Seymour is passionate about the history of art, a subject she discovered while in high school. That passion translates to her teaching; in fact, she was named the U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. According to Dr. Seymour, study abroad is essential not only to appreciate the physical properties of artworks up close but also to understand their contexts and the motivations of the people who created and sponsored them. She can’t wait to guide students through a medieval pilgrimage church on the Camino de Santiago, a park dotted with colorful tile mosaics in Barcelona, and Madrid’s out-of-this-world Prado Museum, home of iconic paintings by Velázquez and Goya.

Dr. Gayle Seymour • McCastlain 110D • College of Fine Arts and Communication

Travel Dates: June 16-July 6, 2018

UCA Instruction: June 4-15, 2018

Deadline to apply: Friday, Jan. 26th 

 UCA in Spain 2018

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