DESIGNATION: International Travel
TRAVEL DATES: May 13 – 24, 2018
TERM: Summer



COURSE TITLE: Greek Life: An Introduction to Ancient and Modern Greece
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Margaret Godbey and Dr. Brian Heslop


Greece is recognized as the birthplace of Western civilization. Its history, art, literature, politics, religion, and philosophy continue to influence American culture in significant ways. Many of the words we use (democracy) and the stories we tell (Wonder Woman) trace their lineage back to Ancient Greece. This class explores the ideas and stories of Ancient Greece and draws
connections to the modern world to help us understand and appreciate the culture of modern Greece. Students taking this class will come home with a broader and more nuanced understanding of both the Ancient world and the global issues confronting Greece, the European Union, and America.

We begin by exploring the treasures of Ancient Athens: the Acropolis, Agora, Panathenaic Stadium, and the Lyceum of Aristotle. Staying in the Athens Center apartments allows us to get a local view of the city, as will our visit to a Greek Orthodox church and conversations with refugee aid workers. We continue our studies by leaving the city and exploring small towns, ancient sites, and the island of Aegina. Travelling to Corinth, Mycenae, the Palamidi fortress at Nafplio, the theater at Epidaurus, and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi we will see the role landscape plays in historical events and enjoy the food and hospitality that is such an important aspect of Greek culture.  Fulfills LASP HUM. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or COM 101 or Permission of Instructor.


COURSE NO.: HON 299 (Honors Program Only)
COURSE TITLE: Past and Present: Greek Identity and Border Crossings
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Margaret Godbey and Dr. Brian Heslop


Hellenes, Romioi, Greeks: these terms describe the people who live in what is now known as Greece, but they delineate different identities. This class will consider the complexity and
evolution of Greek identity. By exploring the literature, philosophy, and art of Ancient and modern Greece, we will think about how time is organized into past and present, the way
language is distinguished through borders, and why bodies are categorized. Through these processes, nations become distinct. Athleticism is classified into sports, and the humanities are arranged into genres like art, music, literature, religion, rhetoric, and philosophy. But what happens to identity when borders are crossed, blurred, or cease to exist? Taught through an interdisciplinary framework, this course approaches that question by stepping, physically, across borders into Greece. Through this immersive experience, students will gain a first-hand account of the formation, disruption, and transcendence of Greek identity―particularly of its language, nation, athletics, and humanities―and, through thisexperience, gain an opportunity to reflect on how that process occurs in the construction of their individual identity, and their sense of American identity.

Throughout the trip, our attention will shift between the sites and texts of Ancient Greece and the texts and issues facing modern Greece.  We begin our trip with four days in Athens. Then, we travel to Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, the theater at Epidaurus and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.  Upon our return to Athens, we take the ferry to the island of Aegina.  This experience will allow you to develop a broader and more nuanced understanding of Greece, America, and the issues facing our global community; it will provide the opportunity to observe how borders, language, and categories define your sense of self and to discover what it is like to step outside of those organizing ideas.   Prerequisite:  ENG 101 or COM 101 or Permission of Instructor.