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Harvard Students in Catalonia!

Language.  Barcelona,  07/01/2018

Students enrolled in the Catalan studies program at Harvard University will participate in a seven-day trip to Barcelona, gaining direct contact with the language and culture they have been learning in the classroom.

The trip will contain two parts: a daily cultural visit, and a project to connect cultural and social topics with a specific space they will have visited on the trip.

The five sociocultural themes covered in this project are the following:

1) Writing in the city (Gràcia and Eixample neighborhoods). Students will visit the scenes that appear in the book La plaça del Diamant, by Mercè Rodoreda, and will explore the historical site of the Universitat de Barcelona through the eyes of the writers Joan Maragall, Josep M. de Sagarra, Gaziel, M. Aurèlia Capmany and Montserrat Roig;

2) Medieval lifestyles (Sant Cugat Monastery, Hospital de la Santa Creu, Santa Maria del Mar);

3) Massive graves and memories of the Civil War (site of the Battle of the Ebro);

4) Immigration and the periphery (Sant Adrià del Besòs, Museum of the History of Immigration);

5) And forms of popular cultural expression (Tarragona and Valls).

The Harvard students will also meet with students from the Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra as well as with the four teachers and advisors who will organize the tours and the workshops (Karim Joutet, Queralt Solé, Josep M. Jaumà, and Rosa Cerarols). During this trip, they will likewise participate in a workshop on translation conducted by professor Jaumà, attend a lecture by the writer Maria Barbal, and experience a calçotada.

This trip is funded by a private donor and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. It is also supported by Institut Ramon Llull.

January 7-13, 2018

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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