Presenter Name: Jocelyn Hardman
Presentation Title: Pilgrimage in Spain: Camino de Santiago
The pilgrimage route through northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela is over 1,000 years old, but has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Although it is comprised of many starting points throughout Europe, the oldest and most popular route is the Napoleonic or French route, which traditionally begins on the French side of the Pyrenees in Saint Jean Pied de Port. Santiago lies nearly 500 miles to the west, but many pilgrims continue on to the sea, ending in either Fisterra or Muxía. I will discuss the rich history of this pilgrimage, some of the multitude of cultural artifacts it has inspired – from literature, music, and art to more recent films like “The Way” – as well as how to train, plan, and pack for it. If you are looking for a challenging, yet contemplative experience, the Camino will call to you – and if you answer, it will leave its mark on your life for years to come.
Presenter Biography: Dr. Hardman is a Lecturer in Spanish at Wright State University and has hiked extensively in Europe, South America, and the U.S.