Dr. Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes
Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes is currently teaching as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University. The title of his doctoral dissertation was "Mystical Vision and Prophetic Voice in Saint John of the Cross: Towards a Mystical Theology of Final Integration", which will be published in Spain by Pueblos Blancos. He also got a Masters degree in Sacred Theology from Boston University, a Masters degree in Philosophy from Boston College, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and a Bachelor in Business Administration from St. Thomas University. Before joining VSU, Dr. Serrán-Pagán taught at Goucher College, at Illinois Wesleyan University, and at Coker College. Since his arrival Dr. Serrán-Pagán has founded the Philosophy and Religious Studies Club and is currently serving as the faculty advisor to the Club. He is also the faculty advisor to the Phi Sigma Tau (an international philosophy organization). Dr. Serrán-Pagán is a member of The International Thomas Merton Society and the Co-Chair of the Robert Daggy Scholarship Program. He often presents papers on Thomas Merton and the Spanish Carmelites (St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila) at American universities and at international conferences in Europe and North America. In July of 2009 Dr. Serrán-Pagán will teach two religion courses (“World Religions” and “Spanish Mysticism”) in Colegio Mayor San Pablo in Madrid, Spain, his native country. This is part of a Study Abroad Program through VSU’s European Council.
Study Abroad to Madrid Summer 2010
Check the following websites for more specific information about Madrid and Spain.
Our VSU (European Council) website address is: http://www.valdosta.edu/europeancouncil/New/Madrid.html (includes more information than the brochure plus you can download the application forms)
http://www.tripadvisor.com/AllReviews-g187514-Madrid.html (hundred of pictures of Madrid and Spain)
http://www.tripadvisor.com/VideoGallery-g187427-i18169107-Spain.html (wonderful video of Spain-less than 4 min. duration)
http://www.spain.info/ (official website for tourism in Spain)
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Madrid program, the courses I am teaching, or any places you would like to visit in Spain. You can drop anytime by my office located in Ashley Hall 111.
These are the 2 courses I am teaching in Madrid, Spain 2010.
REL 2020--WORLD RELIGIONS
Knock out your Gen. Ed. or Core Curriculum requirement in World Religions while you spend five weeks in Spain! The Madrid Program offers you a great opportunity to study the world's religious traditions in the European continent. Students will learn firsthand about religious diversity in Spain by visiting monasteries, convents, exotic gardens and palaces, medieval castles, churches, cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, modern temples, interfaith centers, universities and museums. Possible field trips include Ávila, Segovia, Toledo, El Escorial, Madrid (visit to El Prado), and Granada. Get immersed in the Madrid program. ¡Olé!
Click here for the syllabus.
REL 4700/PHIL 4800--SPANISH MYSTICISM
Did you know that Spain has a long history of Jews, Muslims and Christians living together in a peaceful way for centuries? Even though there were some tensions and conflicts among different ethnic and religious groups, the so-called period of "convivencia" (or coexistence) has shown an alternative to Huntington's model of "a clash of civilizations." The Spanish mystics understood that one cannot solve human problems by using the sword alone.
Rather, these mystics showed us an alternative path, that of following God's Will, by using their pen and their words. These mystics of action built a more just, compassionate and everlasting peace in the midst of suffering.
Click here for the syllabus.
Possible field trips include the Prado Museum in Madrid, Sta. Teresa's Monastery of the Incarnation, the Mysticism Museum of Avila, and day trips to Avila, Segovia, Toledo, El Escorial, and Granada. _________________________________________________________________________________________
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dr. Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán
Valdosta State University
Philosophy & Religious Studies Department
1500 North Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698