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Spain: Landmark Series

Maymester – May 24-June 13, 2015

51568262Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, 10/23, at 12:30pm in AIMM 302
  • Tuesday, 10/28, at 6:00pm in AIMM 302

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AAH 262/HON 262: Landmarks: The Art and Culture of Spain (1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts; Gender by Contract)

The Art and Culture of Spain is part of the Landmarks series of study abroad programs sponsored by the TCNJ School of the Arts and Communication and the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement.

Program Director: Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus, Professor of Art History and Dr. Deborah Hutton, Associate Professor of Art History

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Landmarks: The Art and Culture of Spain  is a 200-level course that contemplates the question of Spanish identity through the lens of the arts. It is designed for students interested in learning about the customs, politics, history, and traditions of art and architecture in both what we might call “European Spain” and “Islamic Spain,” at the same time that we call those distinct categories into question. The course is open to all students, but is particularly appropriate for those with a major (or minor) in art history, visual arts, religious studies, history, literary studies, and modern languages. The course also fulfills the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and the Global requirement of the Liberal Learning program. (Note: Other LL requirements may be met with a particularized syllabus of readings and appropriately focused research.)

The course will focus on three regions of Spain800px-Cordoba_Mosque_01 that are often thought of as having distinct cultural identities: Central Spain (Madrid and Toledo), Andalusia (Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga), and Catalonia (Barcelona). In Madrid, for example, connections to Renaissance and Baroque Europe can be seen in the architecture and curatorial choices in the royal collections; in Andalusia, the pre-1492 Muslim and Sephardic Jewish heritage of Spain is evident in the function and style of architecture, as well as the urban landscape; in Barcelona, a distinct Catalonian sensibility—quite literally—colors the art and architecture of the city. Students will study significant monuments, museum collections, and other cultural sites in these regions and cities as a way of exploring the question of Spanish identity: Do these regions reveal commonalities in their visual culture? How has art and architecture been employed to negotiate and communicate identity? How have older monuments and artworks been appropriated to contribute to newer constructions of identity throughout Spanish history? And, finally, how does Spain’s visual culture uphold or break down conventional notions that European and Muslim identities are distinct from one another?

Program Itinerary

Sunday, May 24 (Depart from USA)

  • Flight to Madrid, Spain (Group flight arranged by TCNJ through Vista Travel; airfare not included in the program fee)

Monday, May 25 (Madrid)

  • Arrival at Madrid Barajas Airport in Madrid
  • Transportation by private bus from the airport to the hotel in Madrid
  • 4 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the Hotel NH Zurbano in Madrid
  • Public transportation pass for the duration of the entire stay in Madrid
  • Guided walking tour of Madrid in the afternoon to get a first impression of the Spanish capital during which you will see among others the Puerta de Sol, Plaza Mayor, San Miguel Market, and the famous Gran Vía
  • Welcome dinner at a restaurant in Madrid to kick off your program

Tuesday, May 26 (Madrid)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the dayGuided tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid in the morning, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family
  • Guided tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid in the morning, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family
  • Audio-guided tour of the Museo del Prado in the afternoon which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century through to the early 19th century

Wednesday, May 27: (Segovia)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus to Segovia and return
  • Guided walking tour of the city of Segovia including visiting the famous Roman aqueduct in the morning
  • Free afternoon in Segovia to explore the city on your own

Thursday, May 28 (Madrid)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the day
  • Audio-guided tour of the Museo Reina Sofía in the morning
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in Madrid and explore the city further on your own. Opt to visit the Parque de Retiro and its adjacent Puerta de Alcalá.

Friday, May 29 (Madrid – Toledo)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus to Toledo in the late morning
  • 2 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the Hotel Carlos V in Toledo
  • Guided walking tour of Toledo, the “city of the three cultures”, Jewish, Christian and Musli, in the afternoon. See among others the Puente de Alcantara, the Puerta de Bisagra, the Puente de San Martín as well as the Cathedral of Toledo (entrance tickets to the cathedral are included)

Saturday, May 30 (Toledo)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Audio-guided tour of the Museo del Greco in the morning to learn about Domínikos Theotokópoulos’ life and work
  • Entrance tickets to the Museo Sefardi and its adjacent Sinagoga del Tránsito in the afternoon

Sunday, May 31 (Toledo – Seville)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus to Seville
  • 3 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the Hotel Silken Al- Andalus Sevilla in Seville
  • Public transportation pass for the duration of the entire stay in Seville
  • Guided walking tour of Seville in the afternoon to get a first impression of the city and the historic and artistic quarter of Seville, el Barrio Santa Cruz, in particular. Furthermore you will see the former Royal Tobacco Factory, now seat of the University, as well as Seville’s Plaza de España located in the Parque de Maria Luisa

Monday, June 1 (Seville)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the day
  • Audio-guided tour of the Seville Cathedral in the morning, one of the world’s most impressive Gothic cathedrals
  • Entrance tickets to the Casa de Pilatos house in the afternoon. The Renaissance palace combines Gothic and Mudejar elements with imported Italian Renaissance details.
  • Entrance tickets to Seville’s Flamenco Museum (“Museo del Baile Flamenco”) in the late afternoon, followed by a visit to a flamenco show in the evening

Tuesday, June 2 (Seville)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the morning
  • Entrance tickets to the Royal Alcázar of Seville in the morning
  • Entrance tickets to the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla in the afternoon

Wednesday, June 3 (Seville – Córdoba)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus to Córdoba in the morning
  • 2 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the Hotel AC Córdoba in Córdoba
  • Guided walking tour of Córdoba in the afternoon to get a first impression of the city and to explore some of the city’s fountains as well as its Roman bridge and its water wheel

Thursday, June 4 (Córdoba)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the day
  • Guided tour of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba in the morning, the most important monument of the Western Islamic world, and one of the most amazing in the world
  • Entrance tickets to Córdoba Synagogue in the early afternoon
  • Entrance tickets to the Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba in the late afternoon

Friday, June 5 (Córdoba – Medina Azahara – Granada)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus during the day
  • Stop-over at the archaeological site Medina Azahara near Córdoba for a guided tour in the morning. Built by Abd al-Rahman III in 940, this city was the residence of the souberain and his court, and also the administration of the State. It was a symbol of the new political and ideological order of Al -Andalus under the Independent Caliphate of Cordoba.
  • 3 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the Hotel Macia Monasterio de los Basilios in Granada
  • Guided walking tour of Granada in the late afternoon to get acquainted to your new surrounding

Saturday, June 6 (Granada)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided tour of the monumental complex Alhambra in the morning
  • Free afternoon to discover the Gardens of Alhambra at own pace (entrance tickets included)

Sunday, June 7 (Granada)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free day to explore the city further on your own. Opt to visit the Muslim quarter Albaicin. The quarter retained the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past and was declared a world heritage site in 1984

Monday, June 8: (Granada – Barcelona)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus from the hotel to the train station in Granada
  • Train ticket Granada – Barcelona (travel time: approx. 8 hours)
  • Transportation by private bus from the train station in Barcelona to the hotel
  • 5 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the NH Sants Barcelona in Barcelona
  • Public transportation pass for the duration of the entire stay in Barcelona

Tuesday, June 9 (Barcelona)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the day
  • Entrance tickets to the Barcelona History Museum (“Museu d’Història de la Ciutat”) in the morning
  • Guided walking tour of Barcelona in the afternoon to get an overview of the Catalan city. You will among others explore the Gothic Quarter and “La Rambla” and see Palau Moja, Palau de la Virreina, Pla9a Reial and many more famous sites of the city

Wednesday, June 10 (Barcelona)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the day
  • Entrance tickets to the Picasso Museum in the morning
  • Guided tour of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in the late morning
  • Guided gourmet walking tour of the Boqueria Market in the afternoon

Thursday, June 11 (Barcelona)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the day
  • Audio-guided tour of Casa Milà (La Pedrera) in the morning, a quarry house without right angles built by Antoni Gaudí
  • Audio-guided tour of Casa Batlo in the afternoon

Friday, June 12 (Barcelona)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Public transportation during the day
  • Entrance tickets to the Sagrada Familia in the morning
  • Afterwards, spend some free time at Barcelona’s famous Parc Güell (entrance tickets included)
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona. Why not take a stroll along the pedestrian-only Rambla de Mar to reach the weekend art fair Mercado de Pintores, with a broad selection of paintings both collectable and rather forgettable. Or have a look around the Port Antic Antiques Market held in Plaça del Portal de la Pau. Here you can find records, old and second-hand clothes, toys, coins, badges, minerals, copies of archaeological objects, sculptures from old civilizations, and many other things.
  • Farewell Tapas dinner at a restaurant in Barcelona to wrap up the program

Saturday, June 13 (Barcelona to USA)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus to Barcelona Airport
  • Departure from Barcelona Airport to the USA (airfare not included)

Maymester 2015 Program Fee: $4,917.16

  • Includes: Application Fee, Tuition/Fees (for both in-state and out-of-state students), all arrangements on land in Spain – bed/breakfast and several dinners in Spanish hotels, ground transportation, and entrances – plus insurance.
  • Don not include: Airfare to/from Spain, most lunches and dinners, personal expenses.

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ – pending Treasurer’s approval): 

All payments should be brought to the Student Accounts office, Green Hall 119.

Plan A:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • $2,603.00 (balance of travel costs) due on March 19, 2015
  • $1,664.16 (course tuition/fees) due on May 15, 2015

Plan B:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • Create a Sallie Mae payment plan (arranged by the student in the Student Accounts office) for the balance of travel costs + tuition/fees =
    • $1,422.39 due in March
    • $1,422.39 due in April
    • $1,422.39 due in May
    • Payment in full by May 15, 2015

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at goglobal@tcnj.edu, 609-771-2596.

 

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