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Year on Spain continues with talk on Islamic cultural influences

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Olga Bush has written extensively on Islamic art and architecture.
3/23/2011 —


2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, Conference Center
 "Islamic Art in Spain"
Free to the public

Penn State New Kensington’s celebration of the "Year on Spain" continues at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, with a talk on the on Islamic cultural influences in Spain in the campus Conference Center. 

"Islamic Art in Spain" is the topic of the presentation by Olga Bush, adjunct assistant professor of art at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The talk is free to the public.

At Vassar, Bush teaches courses on Islamic art and architecture and on material culture of Spain and North Africa.  Her research interests engage interdisciplinary, theoretical issues in the fields of architecture, poetry, visual perception and medieval aesthetics. She has written extensively and her articles have been published in numerous scholarly publications such as Muqarnas, Artibus Asiae, and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Bush received her doctorate in Islamic Art and Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 2006.  She is currently working on a monograph on the aesthetics of the Alhambra, and she is collaborating with Spanish colleagues on the recent excavations in the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Since 2004, Penn State New Kensington has embarked on the promotion of greater awareness and understanding of world issues, international trends and global policy debates. Each year, the campus adopts a country or region of the world to inspire teaching and scholarship. Students, faculty and staff will explore and reflect on various aspects of Spain's history, culture and economic, social and political reality.

 In conjunction with the "Year on Spain" activities, the global travel program gives campus’ students the opportunity to directly experience the studied country. During the recent spring break, students and faculty spent a week in Spain. In the past seven years, more than 150 campus students have traveled to France, Italy, China, Greece, Peru and the Galapagos Islands.

For information, call (724) 334-6062. For more about global programs, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Academics/InternationalPrograms/intlprograms.htm

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