Jonathan Warren | Dec. 16, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
Fifteen Notre Dame students, along with two of their professors from the College of Arts and Letters, traveled to northern Spain over fall break to experience the Camino de Santiago—one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times.
History Professor Olivia Remie Constable, the director of the University’s Medieval Institute, and Danielle Joyner, an assistant professor of medieval art history, say it was an academic adventure they won’t soon forget. And their students agree.
“This is hands-on experience, constant discussion, going out into these churches, interpreting for yourself, and applying what you know about a structure to really bring everything together,” says Mairead Mumford, a senior majoring in medieval studies and Irish language and literature.
“You actually live out the course, instead of just reading about it.”
The trip, supported by a Teaching Beyond the Classroom grant from the College of Arts and Letters, was part of an interdisciplinary medieval studies course called The Art and History of the Road to Santiago de Compostela.