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Medieval Spanish Cultures in Context

SPAN 312
Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Madrid
Prof: Matthew Bailey

This course takes place in Seville, Spain, where we will be perfectly situated to explore the co-existence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians on the Iberian Peninsula, based on an examination of the texts (literary, historical, religious, and philosophical), art, and architecture from the period prior to the arrival of the Arabs in 711, up to and beyond the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. From this exploration of their co-existence we expect to gain significant insight into how they saw themselves and how they understood and influenced each other. The course will also be conducted as a program of study at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies (, and as such students will have full access to their facilities and programming, including a home-stay with a Spanish family, and visits to significant cultural sites in and around Seville, Granada, Cordoba, and Madrid.


Our Blogger: Shelby Flores

Shelby Flores is a senior at W&L. After graduation, she will be traveling the United States as a National Consultant for the Chi Omega Fraternity.

“This spring will be my first time in Seville and I’m excited to share some of my experiences with you. When I’m not traveling the world, I enjoy spending time with friends over coffee/lunch at Hillel or Blue Sky. Once I get back to the States, I fully intend on eating my way through downtown Lexington since W&L is making me leave this wonderful community at the end of May.”

  • Class Year: 2015
  • Majors: Economics and Spanish
  • Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California
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