Portugal, historic site, waterfront, Lisbon
The medieval Belem Tower in Lisbon

Treasures of Southern Spain and PortugalExploring Historic Paradores and Pousadas

Stay in historic inns in Spain and Portugal and discover the spirit of Iberia's rich Roman and Moorish past
Starting at $5,757
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Gail Cornell
Apr 21 - May 5, 2014; Oct 13 - 27, 2014; Sep 14 - 28, 2015
Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 17 years. Her research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and Hunter College. A resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at Ellis Island and New York City’s historic City Hall.

Charles Ingrao
May 19 - Jun 2, 2014
Charlie Ingrao is a professor of history at Purdue University, where he teaches courses in modern Europe. He has published ten books in Habsburg, Balkan, and German history. Since 1996 he has focused primarily on ethnic coexistence and conflict in the former Yugoslavia, having made over forty trips to the war zones of the 1990s. He has given over a hundred public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences across North America and central Europe, and been a regular commentator for print, radio and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS). His latest book, Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (2009) presents a common narrative of the recent Balkan wars prepared by an international consortium of Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Western scholars.

Jodi Campbell
May 18 - Jun 1, 2015
Jodi Campbell is a historian with special expertise in the history and culture of Spain and Europe. She is a professor of European history at Texas Christian University and has spent at least part of each year in Spain since studying there as a Fulbright scholar in 1996.

Dianne Konz
Oct 12 - 26, 2015
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.