In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, paving the way for the creation of Spain's transatlantic empire, and the beginnings of the modern global economic, political, and cultural system.
This month-long program will allow students to examine in-depth the Spanish empire's role in the evolution of globalization as we know it, and explore how 16th Century developments tie to and inform 21st Century global issues. Our journey begins in Madrid, where we will visit historic landmarks like the Palacio Real and the Cathedral of Almudena, which reflect Spanish imperial wealth and power, as well as the close relationship between the state and the Catholic Church. We will dig deeper into Spain's past with a side-trip to Toledo, the country's original capital, where Emperor Charles V welcomed Hernan Cortes after his conquest of the Aztecs. While in Madrid, a center of global culture for centuries, students will also have the opportunity to view works of the great masters at the Prado, Reina Sofia, or Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums. From Madrid, we will shift to Granada, the last Islamic capital in Spain, tour the spectacular Alhambra palace, and consider the complex cultural and political relationship between Spanish Jews, Christians, and Muslims, then and now. After Granada, we move to Seville, the administrative and economic headquarters for Spain's overseas colonial efforts, where participants will view the architectural and artistic products of the wealth that came from the New World, as well as visit the great storehouse of Spanish history, the General Archive of the Indies.
For the second half of the program, our group will join Spanish students at Cantabria University in Santander for a Global Studies course led by Cantabria University and UNC Charlotte faculty. Daily class sessions will focus on key aspects of modern globalization and give UNC Charlotte and Cantabria students the opportunity to share their perspectives and learn from each other, while evening discussions will connect the day's topic to its historic context. Outside of the classroom, students will also have ample time to explore the environs of Santander, enjoy the local beaches, and sample the area's rich Basque culture.
The application deadline is February 1, 2020