In the Shadow of Salvador Dalí in Spain

A land of good food, remarkable culture, and the siesta.

If you ever get the chance to go to Spain, just go.  Get there as fast as you can!

Several years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to give a guest lecture on public sphere theory at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) in the heart of Madrid’s financial district.  I must tell you this is an awesome campus in an amazing city. It has approximately 1900 students from 90 different countries, so it is very cosmopolitan.  There is also a satellite campus in the ancient city of Segovia.  There, classrooms are built above and around archeological sites. The whole experience was simply extraordinary.

All guest faculty at IE in Madrid stay in the Residencia de Estudiantes.  This was the first cultural center of Spain and it has hosted a number of artistic and scientific scholars…including the painter Salvador Dali. All faculty members in residence eat meals together and gather in common areas to encourage dialogue between the arts and sciences.   Other scholars who have stayed there include Albert Einstein and Jose Ortega y Gasset. I was humbled to be in the shadow of such great minds. Continue reading