Global Programs: Naxos, Greece | Program Details
Ancient and modern Greek through humanities and social science
The course provide students with a diachronic examination of the major intellectual achievements and ideas of Hellenism and its legacies, beginning with the 5th Century BC, through to the modern era. Over the course of 3 weeks, three different but interconnected seminars will situate the study of the civilization, politics and cultures of the Greeks, as well as their reception, in historical frameworks that begin with the Ionian revolt of 499 BC, continue through to the founding of New Rome in 324 CE and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, finally encountering modernity, the authoritarian regimes of the 30’s and 60’s and culminating with the events of 9/11 and the crisis of 2010/2011. This exploration of history, ideas and art through time will include, among others, an examination and discussion of the concepts of democracy and citizenship, the ethics of warfare, religious controversies and conflict, the idea of nation and perceptions of gender. In-class instruction will be enhanced by visits to appropriately significant archeological sites, museums, monasteries and Byzantine churches in Athens, Delos, Naxos, Paros and Mykonos. The program begins in Athens, where students spend a day visiting the Agora, the Acropolis, a Unesco World Heritage Site and the Acropolis Museum.
All seminars will be conducted in English. A language and culture component will be offered alongside these modules, affording students the option of selecting Ancient Greek or Modern Greek.
Four guest lectures and several cultural events of interest will enhance the curricular offerings. In-class time will expand to include guided outings to open air cinemas, concerts, dance festivals and celebrations of iconic folk traditions. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities, e.g. soccer, beach volley, swimming, yoga, basketball, etc.
Residential and Student Life
Students reside in double or triple rooms at a local hotel, located in the heart of Old Town Naxos, a short walk from Naxos Castle, local tavernas and beaches. Residential Advisors (RAs) live on-site and support participants in their academic and residential programs. The RAs, along with the Residential Director, supervise the students, address any conflict, enforce curfews, manage crises and are available for 24-hour assistance. Additionally, they coordinate the evening activities to facilitate a residential community experience.
Breakfast is served at the hotel, and lunch and dinner takes place at local tavernas in Old Naxos. Since meals are offered in public tavernas, students are reminded that they are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol. Violation of this policy will result in dismissal from the program.
Room amenities include: television, fan, and telephone. Hotel amenities include: 24-hour reception, laundry service, breakfast lounge, and safety deposit boxes. Students are assigned to same-gender room in a close community atmosphere.
Your program fee includes:
- Tuition fee for all courses
- Hotel housing during the program
- Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
- Site visits as described in the program description
- Transfer from/to airport on day of arrival and departure
- Boat transportation to/from Island of Naxos
Your Program fee does not include:
- Air travel to/from Athens, Greece
- Classroom materials (textbooks, notebooks, pens, etc…)
- Cell phone incoming/outgoing calls
- Items of a personal nature
- Site visits not described in the program description
- Pre/post-program accommodations