Each semester, the program organizes various activities such as trips and cultural visits, talks, workshops, film or documentary screenings and receptions. Some of these activities are repeated every semester, while others are specific to the time of year in which they are celebrated. For example, in the fall semester the program makes a visit to a factory of mantecados (typical Christmas sweets) near Seville. In the spring semester, it organizes a sevillanas workshop, the folk dance modality that students can practice during the April Fair.
In addition, activities related to the courses taught at the Center are usually organized at the request of the teachers. For example, in the fall of 2017 the students enrolled in the class The Spanish American colonial experience visited the Archives of the Indies (one of the most important colonial archives). In the spring of 2018, Prof. Eloísa Díaz took her students to the Museum of the Andalusian Autonomy as part of the course Nationalisms and autonomous political system in Spain.
In addition to welcome and farewell celebrations, the program organizes receptions during the academic year. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated with a luncheon and, on the eve of Holy Week, in the spring semester, program participants meet to taste the typical sweets of the season.
In May, when we know who the Cornell or Penn exchange students from Seville are, the program typically organizes a reception so that they get to know the CASA-Sevilla students and they can share useful information with the Spanish students about life at the American universities.
Cultural Visits and Excursions
The cultural visits and excursions allow students to better understand the places they visit, by discovering their different historical and cultural strata through time. The visits provide students with information on fundamental aspects of the local society.
There are day trips every semester — such as Granada, Córdoba, Itálica and Ronda — and other weekend trips, such as Madrid. Visits have also been made to the Andalusian Institute for Women, the Parliament of Andalusia, and the Macarena neighborhood. There is an active learning component to all excursions, with sufficient leisure time for students to explore on their own.
Each semester, the CASA-Sevilla center presents a selection of films representative of the Spanish film scene. In addition, students can watch documentaries and films related to the Center's courses.
Some common titles are:
Bienvenido Mr. Marshall, by Luis García Berlanga
Tesis, by Alejandro Amenábar
Tierra, by Julio Médem
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, by Pedro Almodóvar
El laberinto del fauno, by Guillermo del Toro
Alatriste, by Agustín Díaz Yanes
Juana la Loca, by Vicente Aranda
También la lluvia, by Icíar Bollaín
Los lunes al sol, de Elías Querejeta
Los Santos Inocentes, by Mario CamusLaberinto fauno
Celda 211, by Daniel Monzón
Pa Negre, by Agustí Villaronga
La Isla Mínima, by Alberto Rodríguez
El Niño, by Daniel Monzón