CSU, Chico News

Humanities and Fine Arts Offers Trip to Spain and Portugal

Date: 11-06-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Thomasin Saxe
Humanities and Fine Arts

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts, California State University, Chico, is hosting a tour to Spain and Portugal June 1–12, 2008. The tour will include three nights in Lisbon, one in Cordoba, two in Granada, one in Toledo and three in Madrid.

The faculty-in-residence is history professor Stephen E. Lewis, who earned his PhD from UC San Diego. His specialty is Latin American history, and he has done extensive research on Mexico. His association with Spain spans 20 years, first as a student and most recently as a visiting professor. Students will be able to get 1-2 units of credit for course work related to the trip, if they choose.

Professor Lewis will be hosting a Humanities Center program on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Trinity 100 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. He will present information about Spain and Portugal, especially the places the tour will be visiting.

“The trip offers a sweep of the history and culture of Spain and Portugal, two countries that experienced transitions to democracy in the 1970s and have become two of contemporary Europe’s greatest success stories,” said Lewis. “We will visit historical sites that showcase the Iberian Peninsula’s Roman, Muslim, Jewish and, of course, Catholic experiences. Spain boasts the world’s ninth largest economy. Portugal has made tremendous strides of its own, and its capital, Lisbon, is becoming increasingly popular as a destination.”

The trip includes tours led by an expert local guide of Lisbon, Mérida, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid. The Lisbon tour will include visits to the Ajuda Palace and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. In Mérida, the group will visit the Roman amphitheatre and National Museum of Roman Art. Other highlights include a visit to the cathedral in Toledo and to

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El Greco’s home and the Museo del Prado, the Reina Sofia museum and the royal palace in Madrid.

If you would like more information about this tour, please contact Thomasin Saxe, group coordinator, at tsaxe@csuchico.edu or call her at 530-898-4642. For information about the HFA travel program and future trips, go to www.csuchico.edu/hfa/travel.