Join us for an Odyssey and spend four weeks in Greece studying and exploring the land and culture that is the cornerstone of Western civilization.
The Program begins in Athens where students visit the Acropolis, the ancient Agora, and various museums around the city. A walking tour of the city and its street art give students a feeling for Athens as a modern European metropolis. The next stop is the beautiful island of the Aegean, Spetses, famous for its history, distinctive architecture, stately mansions, and beautiful beaches. The group spends three weeks in Spetses where the academic program takes place.
At the end of our stay in Spetses, the group travels for a week all around Greece and visits well-known historical and archaeological sites such as the ancient theater of Epidavros, Mycenae, Corinth, Nemea, Nafplio, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, and the island of Hydra.
Five scholarships, $1,000 each, are awarded annually on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. For the academic year 2016-2017, the Elios Foundations offers scholarship opportunities based on academic excellence and financial need (up to $10,000).
The Program resides in Spetses for 3 weeks, a small island two hours by boat from Athens. One of the most beautiful islands of the Aegean, it is known for its history as well as its many coves and beaches, some sandy, some rocky, many still rimmed with pines. There are no cars on the island and most people travel by bicycles and horse-drawn carriages which lend a special charm to life on Spetses.
ACADEMICS (SUMMER 2017)
The Good Life: Greek Moral Philosophy
PHIL 3100 / EURO 3998 / MDGK 3998
Prof. Timothy Shanahan, Ph. D.
Core Requirement (when taken as PHIL 3100) - Integrations: Ethics and Justice
Flag: Engaged Learning
From Socrates in the 5th century BCE through the Skeptics of the 2nd century CE, Greek thinkers sought to discern the nature of the good life for human beings. For them, philosophy was not a purely intellectual activity. It was practical wisdom about how to live (and die) well. It grounded a way of life informing every aspect of their daily lives. Through lectures, textually-informed class discussions, engaged learning activities, and visits to significant sites in Greece, students will encounter key elements of ancient Greek moral philosophy, and will be encouraged to form their own reflective views of the good life. Among the philosophers whose works we will study are Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, and Sextus Empiricus. Topics to be considered include happiness, pleasure, goodness, virtue, fate, luck, friendship, justice, death, tranquility, and wisdom.
Ancient Landscapes: Modern Voices: Modern Greek History, Society and Culture
MDGK 3342 / ENGL 3341 / EURO 4998
Prof. Christina Bogdanou, Ph.D.
Core Requirement - Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections (Culture, Art and Society)
Flag: Engaged Learning (pending)
While traveling around Greece, from the ancient paths of Delphi to Epidavros and Olympia to the modern metropolis of Athens, the mythical landscapes that most visitors call in on their trip to Greece will come to life and reveal to us their eternal stories in the texts we will discuss. Students will discover a world still inhabiting the same landscape of Greek myths, yet, a world in search of a modern national and cultural identity separate from ideological constructions of the past. The relationship between myth and history, the reconciliation of conflicting identities, war and foreign occupation, civil strife, politics, globalization, the peaceful invasion of tourism, the changing map of Europe and the Balkans, the Greek economic crisis, and the future of the European Union will be some of the topics we will explore in our discussions.
This course also fulfills the English major, Foreign Languages and Literatures major, European Studies major, as well as the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.
HOUSING AND MEALS
On the island and on field trips, students will live in air-conditioned hotels, two per room, with breakfast and lunch provided by the program.
CULTURAL EXCURSIONS (SUMMER 2017)
A series of exciting cultural excursions are provided as part of the course schedule. Students are required to attend all planned activities.
2. Acropolis Museum
3. Ancient Agora
4. Athens Archaeological Museum
5. Ancient Corinth – Site & Museum
6. Nemea – Site, Museum & Stadium
7. Mycenae – Site & Museum
8. Ancient Argos Theatre
9. Epidauros – Site, Museum & Theatre
10. Palamidi Castle
12. Mistras – Site & Churches
13. Olympia – Site & Museum
14.Delphi – Site & Museum
Summer Session II
June 28 – July 29, 2017
W June 28 Departure from USA
Th June 29 Arrival to Athens
F July 30 Visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
Sat July 1 Visit to the National Archaeological Museum / Street art tour
Sun July 2 Departure from Athens / Arrival in Spetses
M-F July 3-7 Class 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat July 8 Explore Spetses – Anargyrios beach trip
Sun July 9 Free day – explore Spetses
M-F July 10-14 Classes 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat July 15 Day trip to Hydra
Sun July 16 Free day – explore Spetses
M-F July 17-21 Classes 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat July 22 Departure from Spetses – Visit Corinth
Visit to Nafplio – Epidavros theater performance
Sun July 23 Visit Epidavros and Mycenae
M July 24 Visit Palamidi – Mystras
T July 25 Visit Olympia
W July 26 Visit Delphi
Th July 27 Visit Meteora – Return to Athens
F July 28 Athens – Free day
Sat July 29 Departure from Greece – Return to USA
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
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