Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Since 1992, Dianne Konz has led several Smithsonian Journeys groups to Spain and Portugal. She has taught Spanish literature, language, and civilization at the University of Texas at Austin and at The 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.
What Our Travelers Say
- Francis and Patricia C.
The real powerhouses behind our successful tour were Dr. Dianne Konz, our Study Leader, and Guillaume Van Bockstaele, our Tour Director. Dianne's performance was stellar! Her lectures were so thorough. Her lecture to prepare us to visit the Prado was unbelievable! She was available at all times, friendly to all, with a delightful sense of humor and incredible knowledge. Our trip was so much richer for having her along.
- Maria O., European Coastal Civlizations
Dianne Konz not only proved to be a wonderful Study Leader, but also an amazing hostess that made us feel very welcomed and valued throughout our journey to Spain, Portugal, and Normandy Beach. She made the trip very worthwhile, always making special efforts to enhance our visit. I look forward to traveling with her again in the near future.