Spanish radio host, historian and author Dr. César Vidal will offer three presentations next week at Missouri Southern that examine topics ranging from the Spanish Civil War, Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” and the Inquisition.

Dr. César Vidal

Dr. César Vidal

Vidal will present “Myths and Realities of the Spanish Civil War” at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium. During the lecture, he will discuss how the war led to a number of myths and will separate the real history from propaganda.

At 11 a.m. Monday, he will present “‘Don Quixote’ and Cervantes: Dissenters During Four Centuries.” The program will analyze Cervantes’ evolution from young nationalist to old dissenter.

And at 1 p.m., Vidal will offer “The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical View.” He will examine the true origins of the Inquisition, the impact in Spain and the consequences and heritage of the Spanish Inquisition in Spanish culture on both sides of the Atlantic.

Also as part of the Spain Semester programming, Dr. William Kumbier, a faculty member in Missouri Southern’s Department of English and Philosophy, will present “Pablo Casals: A Bow for Peace” at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Tuesday in Phelps Theatre. The program will highlight the invaluable contributions to both music and peacemaking made by the great Catalonian cellist and conductor Pablo Casals (1876-1973).