Camino de Santiago: The Pilgrimage Road to Compostela with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz

Camino de Santiago: The Pilgrimage Road to Compostela with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz


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Our interactive seminar provides an introduction to the pilgrimage roads leading to Santiago de Compostela, an enchanting city in northwestern Spain. The Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James, is part of an expansive system of walking trails that crisscross Europe. 

Our leading expert will provide a pictorial guide to the key sites along the road from Paris to Navarre and the social and cultural significance of these roads – from the 11th century to today. This final segment of the journey leads us to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great – entombed within the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Camino de Santiago became a symbol of the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. Tracing the rise of holy men and holy women – and the subsequent beginnings of the cult of relics in early Christendom – this conversation contextualizes the redevelopment of the pilgrimage route following its destruction by Muslims at the end of the 10th century. Many travelers today trace the route as a form of spiritual retreat, but its idyllic panoramas have also become very popular in their own right with cycling enthusiasts, long-trek hikers, and tourist groups. 

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge of the Camino de Santiago's historical impact upon Catholicism as well as its contrasting role as a modern tourism destination. There will be ample time reserved for participants to ask their own questions about European pilgrimage routes at the presentation's conclusion. 

Teo F. Ruiz, PhD is a Cuban-American medieval historian and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. He is the author of 15 books.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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D.S. (Woodstock, US)
Great armchair visit

I appreciated hearing the history of pilgrimages and how they culminated at Santiago de Compostela. This lecture compared very favorably with a far more expensive one that I participated in with a rival carrier.

J
J (Tucson, US)
Must See!

Dr Ruiz’ lecture on the Camino was excellent. If you have ever walked this pilgrimage, plan to walk this pilgrimage, or just dream of walking it but have not made any plans, this lecture is an absolute must.

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Trina Enriquez (Belmont, US)
Rich with history

What a treat to finally take a seminar with Teofilo Ruiz! As a UCLA alum who realized only too late I would have liked to have taken one of his art history classes as an undergrad, I relished the opportunity to take this seminar now. I only wish the session were longer as it's clear there's so much history to cover in the Camino.

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T (Tempe, US)

Teo is a great storyteller of history! Such an interesting topic and I liked hearing about Teo’s personal connection to the Camino.

S
Susan McG (Brooklyn, US)
The Milky Way

I learned so much on this very enjoyable seminar.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
82%
(9)
9%
(1)
9%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
D
D.S. (Woodstock, US)
Great armchair visit

I appreciated hearing the history of pilgrimages and how they culminated at Santiago de Compostela. This lecture compared very favorably with a far more expensive one that I participated in with a rival carrier.

J
J (Tucson, US)
Must See!

Dr Ruiz’ lecture on the Camino was excellent. If you have ever walked this pilgrimage, plan to walk this pilgrimage, or just dream of walking it but have not made any plans, this lecture is an absolute must.

T
Trina Enriquez (Belmont, US)
Rich with history

What a treat to finally take a seminar with Teofilo Ruiz! As a UCLA alum who realized only too late I would have liked to have taken one of his art history classes as an undergrad, I relished the opportunity to take this seminar now. I only wish the session were longer as it's clear there's so much history to cover in the Camino.

T
T (Tempe, US)

Teo is a great storyteller of history! Such an interesting topic and I liked hearing about Teo’s personal connection to the Camino.

S
Susan McG (Brooklyn, US)
The Milky Way

I learned so much on this very enjoyable seminar.