Saturday, July 30, 2011

Study Abroad and World Youth Day in Spain

Seton Hall's University's Center for Catholic Studies and the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture announce the 2011 Study Abroad in Spain including World Youth Day in Madrid.Foundations of Christian Culture: Spain will be conducted in two parts. Six required lectures will be given during the Spring 2011 semester at Seton Hall University’s South Orange Campus. The second part of the course will be held in Summer 2011, at Pamplona’s University of Navarra in Spain. To obtain credit, all course requirements must be fulfilled. The Spain summer study abroad is an experience of living and learning in community in the very heart of the university. During the first week, classes will be held at the University of Navarra and accommodations and meals are provided by Colegio Mayor Santa Clara. The Chapel is available for private prayer as well as the Daily Office. During the second week, accommodations and breakfast will be provided by Colegio Real Universitario Maria Cristina at El Escorial and there will be curriculum related excursions as well as attendance and participation in the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid activities.

Drawing on a variety of sources historical, literary, philosophical and theological this course examines the origins and nature of Christian culture within the Spanish tradition. The course will explore the history of the Iberian Peninsula, with attention to the inter-religious encounters of the Middle Ages and early modern era that shaped Spanish society. The Christian experience will be examined further through the writings of seminal figures such as St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Spanish mystics, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Site visits during the foreign study portion of the course will highlight the cultural legacy of Catholicism in Spain and its continued role in shaping the local community.This trip is part of the Catholic Studies Foreign Study Tour Program and is being held in conjunction with World Youth Day in Madrid. Richard M. Liddy will coordinate the course and other faculty members and special guests will give lectures to the students prior to the trip and Prof. Isabel Warleta of Universidad Complutense of Madrid, will give lectures and lead the site-visits in Spain.

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