Evening Activities

Examples from 2019

Monday - Music & Dancing with ¡Chiringa!COSSI Logo
6:30pm in Wille Hall


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Tuesday - Movie Night & Discussion
6:30pm in Hitchcock Theater

100 Metros
Based on true events, a Spanish man with multiple sclerosis who tried to finish an Iron-Man competition despite he was told that he could not make 100 meters.


Wednesday - Dinner & Presentation
6:30pm in Coats Campus Center

Enjoy a fiesta buffet while Bend's professional ultra-runner Mario Mendoza tells his story of setting out to run 100 miles in a single day with the goal of inspiring, uniting and bridging the divide between the people and countries he loves - America and Mexico. Attendees will watch the documentary, 100 Miles: To Build a Bridge highlighting Mario's experience.


Thursday - 2020 Keynote Presentation by John Rosenberg
4:30-7:30 pm in Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center

El Camino de Santiago and the Idea of Europe

At a time when the ideal of European unity is being challenged on many fronts,   it is appropriate to think about how the idea of Europe was forged from the scores of medieval kingdoms that covered the continent. One important factor among many was the pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, the traditional resting place of St. James, and holy destination for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who each year traveled there from all points of Europe. While on the road they shared stories, songs, artistic and architectural styles, traditions and beliefs that helped create a common cultural language. We will look at the "grammar" of this language as well as think about how the idea of pilgrimage is an important dimension of the human conversation.

John RosenbergJohn Rosenberg Biography

John R. Rosenberg is Associate Academic Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Brigham Young University (BYU).  His office oversees curriculum and instruction, general and honors education, the educator preparation program, career services, advisement, university assemblies, etc.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at BYU and PhD at Cornell University, Rosenberg joined the BYU faculty in 1985 in the department of Spanish and Portuguese. He served as chair of that department prior to his appointment in 1997 as associate dean and then as dean in the College of Humanities in 2005. For two decades, he has worked with the BYU-Public School Partnership where he currently serves as a Senior Fellow. He has made significant contributions to promoting the democratic purposes of public education, including the 2018 publication of his award-winning book, Schooling, Democracy and the Quest for Wisdom. In 2011, he was decorated with the Officers Cross of the Order of Civil Merit from Spain. He also serves as  the Washington Irving Professor of Spanish and American Relations at BYU, charged to raise the profile of BYU in Spain by facilitating collaboration between the university and Spanish government, cultural and intellectual institutions.