Issues such as scars from a long-ago civil war, the growing power of women in politics, globalization, international trade and the specter of terrorism are things this area grapples with on a daily basis.
Sounds like the South? You would be correct, but these also describe concerns in Spain.
Dr. John Tures, professor of political science, will discuss the parallels between Spain and the South during his 3D Journeys lecture at 10 a.m. Monday in Dickson Assembly Room at LaGrange College.
“I hope to show the similarities between them,” he said. “In academia, it’s what we call a ‘most different systems design,’ where you look at two entities that should be very different, but upon a closer look, they have more in common than most would think.”
He said he will echo tactics employed by Robert Langdon, the fictional symbolism scholar in Dan Brown’s novels “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons.”
“I’ll show how the Carlist flag from Spanish royal wars of the 1800s looks just like the Alabama state flag,” he said.
He also will discuss the differences between America’s presidential system and Spain’s parliamentary system, using a game to illustrate his point.
Dr. Tures said his interest in Spain primarily involves the terrorism committed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate known as 3/11 (when the Madrid train bombings occurred in 2004 on March 11) and activities by ETA, the Basque separatists.
“In fact, I published the scholarly article ‘Do Terrorists Win Elections?’ with Homeland Security Affairs, the journal of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, in 2009. It shows that contrary to media reports, al-Qaeda did not win the 2004 election in Spain.
“Instead, the Popular Party lost the election by deliberately lying about who was responsible, blaming the Basques in an effort to discredit the opposition. The Spanish conservatives might have won, and stayed in Iraq as U.S. allies, if they were honest with the voters.”
Dr. Tures said he is envious of those travelers who visited Spain recently as part of a 3D Journeys trip.
“When I was in college, I missed out on a family trip to Spain,” he said. “I’ve never had the chance to go back.”
About 3D Journeys:
3D Journeys offers four free lectures annually by LaGrange College faculty aimed at allowing participants to “discover, discuss and develop” through education and optional travel. All lectures are on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Dickson Assembly Room of Turner Hall. Parking is in the lots adjacent to the pedestrian bridge on Vernon Street, with shuttle service to the door. A Dutch-treat lunch is available in Pitts Dining Hall following each session. For additional information, call (706) 880-8244.