Coe's Thursday Forum makes the Catalan case

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8613 or

2009-01-22 14:20:59 - General

Coe College's Thursday Forum will make the case for Catalonia as an independent nation from Spain in February.

Located northeast of the Spanish peninsula, Catalonia has always claimed its independence from Madrid, the central government of Spain. In February's forum, Assistant Professor of Spanish Mònica Fuertes-Arboix explores this territory to analyze and comment on why Catalan people see themselves as an independent nation, and to identify some of the particular characteristics that distinguish Catalonia from Spain.

This forum will explore the life of Catalonia and its capital, Barcelona, from the perspective of foreign and local authors. It is also an introduction to the folklore, music, traditions and arts of the region, including the Modernism of Gaudí, Picasso, Miró, Dalí and Puig i Cadafalch. The forum will give an overview of this "Nation without a state" and of the arguments of the Catalan people concerning their relationship with Spain.

The lectures will be held Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins at 9:15 a.m. and lasts until about 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost of the four-part series is $30, or $10 per week.

For more information, call (319) 399-8561.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "The Catalan Case: Past, Present and Future of a Nation Without a State" - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • "The Photographic Truth" - March 5, 19, 26 and April 2
  • "Four Musicals that Have Helped 'Save' Broadway" - April 9, 16, 23, 30