Bilbao, Spain
The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art in Bilbao, Spain

European Coastal CivilizationsA luxury cruise featuring Spain, Portugal and France

Apr 27 - May 5, 2014 (Call to Inquire)
Explore the history, arts, and cuisine from Lisbon to Honfleur aboard the deluxe L'Austral
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Dianne Konz
Apr 27 - May 5, 2014
A Smithsonian Study Leader since 1992, Dianne Konz has led several Smithsonian groups to Spain and Portugal. She has taught Spanish literature, language, and civilization at the University of Texas at Austin and at George Washington University. She has also lectured and published studies on Spanish and Latin American literature, and Spanish culture. Dianne’s enthusiasm for Iberia grew from her experiences living and studying in Madrid. Her particular passion is the integration of the cultural arts in the context of their time. She approaches art and architecture, literature, music, and gastronomy as a reflection of a country’s history, politics, and geography. Dianne's teachings of Spanish history and civilization include the Moorish and Islamic periods—invasion, conquest, and occupation of Iberia, and the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic presence in Iberia.

David Eisenhower
Apr 27 - May 5, 2014
Special Guest Speaker Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is an acclaimed historian and director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Eisenhower has written two seminal works about his grandfather: Eisenhower: At War 1943-1945 and Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969. Professor Eisenhower will accompany you across the English Channel, when he delivers an engaging lecture, and on the beaches of Normandy.