Central Lakes College Cultural Thursday will be traveling to Spain on December 5th at noon in the Chalberg Theater. Speaker Jan Kurtz, Spanish and Latin American Studies Instructor, will start with a brief background orientation presented to her before her first trip to Seville, Spain. “I was a junior at Hamline University and reasoned that study abroad was imperative to my future in teaching Spanish and learning that culture. I do have one regret, I should have signed up for a year, not just a semester!”
Her program included living with a family and studying at the Universidad de Sevilla, the ‘old tobacco factory’ of the Opera ‘Carmen’ fame. In the years that followed, Kurtz would return to Spain, visiting new locations and revisiting her friends. This presentation will be based from Madrid and Valencia, with emphasis on combining historical data, everyday life and traveling, not just to a country, but into its culture. “Travel is about relating. Relate to the past, its influence and trends as a foundation for the relationships you make and nurture over a lifetime.”
Cultural Thursdays are the first Thursday of the month, are free and open to the public.
The next Cultural Thursday comes after Christmas break on February 6 when Instructor Lori-Beth Larsen will present Thailand.
Contact Jan Kurtz, Spanish Department at 855-8183 for further information.