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SPAIN (La Mancha and Barcelona)
SPAN 3990: The Route of Don Quixote (Conxita Domènech)
SPAN 3070: The Languages of Spain: Early Modern and Current Times (Irene Checa-García)
This program will be divided in two parts and two courses. During the first part of the program and course, we will follow the route of Don Quixote. We will start in Madrid and take a train to Toledo, where we will stay one day before moving on to Almagro. In Almagro, we will spend three days attending the Almagro Theatre Festival. We will continue with our route of Don Quixote through the following towns and cities: Alcudia, Alcaraz, Roda, Tomelloso, Illescas, Hoz, and Sigüenza. The retracing of the route of Don Quixote will end in this last city, from where we will return to Madrid. From there, we will take the high-speed train (AVE) to Barcelona. Students will have one day to adapt to the new city before beginning the second part of the program at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Hospital de Sant Pau campus). In the second course, students will study how the linguistic diversity of Spain was conceptualized and what linguistic policies were followed during the times of Cervantes and in contemporary times. The class will make an emphasis in the relationship of linguistic identity and national identity touching upon the current linguistic and national debate in Cataluña. In the first course, students will be evaluated according to the following criteria: a daily journal, a blog (with anecdotes, pictures, videos, and music), reflection papers, oral presentations, and a final research paper for each course (due two weeks after the trip). In the second course, students will be evaluated according to: reflection papers on the class readings, oral presentations, and a final research paper. In addition, students will be expected to contribute with a final reflection on linguistic policies in Spain in the form of an entry to the program blog. In Barcelona, students will live with a Spanish family and immerse themselves in the language and the culture.
Estimated Cost: $2800, plus airfare
Approximate Dates: July 1 - July 31