In beautiful alignment with our tradition at IES Abroad to uplift various cultures and diverse experiences, this fall semester featured the enriching Fall 2021 Trinity in Spain Program and pleased faculty and students alike. This intercultural and immersive program has been running since 2017 in Madrid through IES Abroad. The program includes an exceptional attention to various art mediums, emphasizing the presence of art that is woven in Spain’s history and culture. Amongst those mediums are film, media, and literature to name a few.
The Trinity in Spain program, along with a “Madrid Summer Internship Program," is in partnership with Trinity University Faculty Dr. Bladimir Ruiz and Dr. Rosana Blanco-Cano.
Professor Bladimir Ruiz shared with us his approach to infuse the program with contemporary social commentary, remarking on the Fall 2021 program as, "A very successful 2021 Trinity in Spain Program. It was fun, challenging, transformational…and fun again."
Alongside this wonderful and intentional education from faculty, students explored the many faces of Spain, had the opportunity to become a part of Spanish life, and learned to wear the Spanish language like a familiar garment. They were able to delve into the various influences on modern Spanish life, including the lifestyles of the Romans to Franco and from the Moors to the European Union.
Participants on the Fall 2021 Trinity in Spain Program had a wide selection of courses to take while abroad and could earn up to 16 hours in Madrid, participate in an internship, and travel throughout Spain for eight days as part of a pre-program seminar. A few of these engaging courses include Spanish Cinema; Peoples of Spain; Madrid Culture, Identities & Glocality; and Special Topics: Communication & Spanish Culture.
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“In both my teaching and my research, I aim to examine how contemporary social forces play out in a variety of media, including film, literature, and art. If I can lead students to make connections between these different representations, then I will have accomplished by goal!”Professor Bladimir Ruiz • Trinity University