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Spain's Catalonia region is topic of luncheon talk

A Monmouth College professor and a student who spent the 2013 spring semester in the Catalonia region of Spain will be the featured speakers at the college’s first International Luncheon program of the academic year on Oct. 3 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.
Assistant professor of modern foreign languages Tim Gaster and senior Sarah Mabry of Anchorage, Alaska, will describe their time abroad, which included hiking, biking and rafting in the Pyrenees Mountains. They also celebrated the Fiesta Mayor in a town of five families nestled in the mountains, visited all of the cultural sites of Barcelona and attended million-person marches for independence.
Gaster will provide a historical overview of the Catalonia region, while Mabry will share a student’s prospective on life abroad studying another language and living with a host family.
Gaster’s time in Spain coincided with his wife’s direction of Knox College’s Barcelona Program. He assisted her and kept in regular contact with Mabry. He also used the off-campus experience to get certified for teaching English as a foreign language, to conduct research and be published and to study several languages, including Catalán.
A buffet lunch, featuring international foods, is available. A meal ticket may be purchased for $7.50 at the luncheon, but lunch reservations must be made five days in advance by calling 309-457-2253. Anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.