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Global Programs: Naxos, Greece | Program Details

Ancient and modern Greek through humanities and social science

The Naxos program provides students with an historical examination of the major intellectual achievements and ideas of Hellenism and its legacies, from the 5th Century BC through to the modern era. Over the course of 3 weeks, three different but interconnected seminars situate the study of the civilization, politics and cultures of the Greeks in historical frameworks that begin with the Ionian revolt of 499 BC and continues through to the founding of New Rome in 324 CE and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, through to 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 is enhanced by visits to significant archeological sites, museums, monasteries and Byzantine churches in Athens, Delos, Naxos, Paros and Mykonos. Alongside these modules, a language and culture component is offered with Ancient Greek or Modern Greek.

Guest lectures and several cultural events 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.

Residential and Student Life

Students reside in same-gender double or triple rooms at a local hotel centrally located in Hora. Room amenities include: television, fan, and telephone. Hotel amenities include: 24-hour reception, laundry service, breakfast lounge, and safety deposit boxes. Breakfast is served at the hotel. Lunch and dinner takes place at local tavernas in Old Naxos. Although meals are offered in public tavernas, students are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol.

Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities, e.g. soccer, beach volley, swimming, yoga, basketball, etc.

All students are required to be in their rooms from the 11p.m. curfew until 7a.m. Students are expected to sign a residential life contract and meet with staff to review policies. Students may neither possess nor consume alcohol or other drugs while enrolled in this program. Violation of this policy will result in dismissal from the program.

Residential Advisors (RAs) also reside at the hotel. Their primary goal is to create a safe atmosphere which supports student success by emphasizing community building and individual responsibility. Along with the Site Director, they supervise students, manage conflicts and crises, and are available for 24-hour assistance.

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