Summer 2017: Spain: Cultural Interactions before 1492
Group Leaders: Professor Sarolta Takács & Dean Julio Nazario
Tour Leader: Ms. Laura Gatzkiewicz, Rutgers Study Abroad Director in Spain
Travel Dates: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 –Tuesday, June 14, 2017
Class Meeting Times: 5/19, 6/17, 3-5pm, 35 College Avenue Room 302, College Avenue Campus
Program Costs: TBA (approx $2,500)
Course Number: 01:959:194, 3 credits
The field experience will take students to Roman, Christian, Muslim and Jewish historical sites in Spain. Our explorations will begin in Madrid with a visit to the Archeological Museum of Madrid and a walking tour of historic Madrid. A railroad trip will bring us to Segovia, a city northwest of Madrid in central Spain, where we will explore the connections of Roman and Jewish history, narratives of the latter’s expulsion in 1492, and visit a Jewish cemetery.
Our second railroad trip will take us to Toledo, the “City of Three Cultures and a city established by the Romans,” where we will visit the primate cathedral, an episcopal seat since the time of the Visigoths. Then, we will make our way southward to Granada, Cordoba and Seville to visit Muslim sites and walk the streets of their strongholds in Spain. In contrast to the Jews, after the Christians conquered Muslim Granada, Muslims were not expelled from all of Spain.
Books for this course: J.S. Richardson, The Romans in Spain, John Wiley & Sons, reprint 1998 and M. Barry, Homage to Al-Andalus: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, reprint 2014.
Readings will be posted on Sakai among these will be Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, Book 21 as well as selections from Strabo, Diodorus Siculus, and Appian.
Film Screening: Cities of Light: The Rise & Fall of Islamic Spain, a two-hour documentary.
Students will be assigned research projects on historical sites (Roman, Christian, Muslim and Jewish) as well as political and religious leaders and philosophers before the eight-day field experience in Spain. While in Spain, students will lead discussions at the various sites based on these assignments.
Focus on Places and People (Examples)
Madrid: Romanization – Cultural Interactions between Celt-Iberians and Romans / Christian, Jews, and Muslims
Segovia: Romanization in Action / Aquaduct and Alcazar / Cultural Interactions and Trade / Jewish Heritage
Toledo: Romans and Visigoths / Umayyads / Al-Mansur/ El Greco / Alfonso the Wise / Al-Zarkali
Granada: Emirate of Granada / Mohammad XII (Boabdil) / Reconquista / Breakdown of Cultural Interactions / Ferdinand and Isabella / Abdul Rahman III /Tolerance vs. Intolerance /
Cordoba: Intersections of Cultures / Seneca / Ibn Rushd (Averroes) / Moses Maimonides
Seville: Romans and Vandals / Breakdown of Cultural Interactions (Pogrom) / Golden Age and Christopher Columbus
Italica: Roman City / Trajan/ Hadrian
- 1) FOUR two page response papers (one each on a Roman, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim site) based on readings, film, and field experiences (10% each = 40% of final grade).
- 2) Research Paper based on one of the response papers (35% of final grade).
- 3) Create a group Pecha Kucha (PowerPoint) class presentation reflecting on the trip (25% of final grade).
Meetings: One meeting before the field experience and one meeting after our return. These meetings will take place at 35 College Avenue, 3rd Floor, on the College Avenue Campus.
First Meeting will be on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:00-500pm: Orientation, overview and framework of field experience in Spain.
Second Meeting will be on Friday, June 16, 2017- 3:00-500pm: Discussion and reflection on field experience; students will present “best ideas” from the field trip. The format for the presentations will be a modified version of the international Pecha Kucha standard: (see http://www.pecha-kucha.org/).
* There are 20 available spaces. Please apply early.
TO APPLY, VISIT THE STUDY ABROAD WEBSITE HERE
Fall 2015: Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary
Winter Break in Brazil: "Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary"
Travel Dates: Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Monday, January 18, 2016
Class Meeting Times: Tuesday, 9:50AM - 12:50PM at Honors College Rm N106, College Ave Campus
Program Costs: $1500 (including room, most meals, tours) Costs related to administrative fees, HTH health insurance, administrative fees, round trip airfare between Newark and Sao Paulo are provided by the SAS Honors Program.
As part of the fall 2015 Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar "Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary" 01:090:295:05, Professor Tatiana Flores will be leading 15 students on a week-long trip to Brazil. In conjunction with the field experience, students will enroll in a one-credit course, 01:090:230:H1.
The course explores key tropes that have informed the formation of a particularly Brazilian identity through the lenses of nature and culture. Though these might seem to be contradictory categories, they nevertheless constitute ways for thinking about Brazil’s unique character. Beginning with texts and images related to the conquest, the course takes a panoramic tour of Brazil, through its cultural products and their relation to place. We will study indigenous cultures of the Amazon; Brazil in the European imaginary; colonial artists in the Northeast and Minas Gerais; the representation of race and class through text and image; the conceptualization of modernity in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasilia; and dichotomy of utopia and dystopia that has recurred in the country’s history. Given the professor’s expertise in art and literature in particular, there will be a strong emphasis on these areas, but architecture, urbanism, film, and music will also be addressed.
* Students must be enrolled in the SAS Honors Seminar "Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary" 01:090:295:05 and student will enroll in a one-credit field experience, 01:090:230:H1.
* There are 15 available space, first come, first serve.