3D Journeys talk to compare Spain with the South
April 25, 2014
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
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
"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)