Sign up for a Field School at the Crossroads of Civilizations: May - June 2019
SFU’s Hellenic Studies Program has partnered with Douglas College to bring a group of lucky undergraduate students to Greece for a field school in May and June 2019.
You will spend three weeks at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, in lectures and orientations getting to know the faculty and each other as they prepare for their intellectual adventure.
You will spend three days in the Greek capital of Athens, home of democracy, philosophy, and theatre. Athens is home to some of the world's richest museums (the Archaeological Museum) and is the site of the Acropolis, Parthenon, and Acropolis Museum, where ideas of democratic sovereignty, imperialism, classicism, and cultural appropriation can be fruitfully explored.
You will then travel to the Aegean island of Lesvos, where you will stay for three and a half weeks. The island of Lesvos is the third largest in Greece and has played host to important developments in Greek history and culture since antiquity. Home to Archaic era poets Alcaeus, Arion, and Sappho and the historian Theophrastos, the island was known in antiquity as a place of refinement. Lesvos experience Roman, Byzantine, Genoese, and Ottoman rule, and was host to the legendary pirate admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa.
Finally, you will journey to Greece’s fascinating northern capital, Thessaloniki, for the final few days of the field school. For millennia, Thessaloniki has been the crossroads of the southern Balkans. It is the city in which St. Paul proclaimed he would spread the message of Christianity to Europe; the home of the impressive 8th century Church of St. Sophia; the site of the medieval struggle between the Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans; and a place that bears the scars of the 20th century’s most painful history, from the Macedonian Struggle, to the First World War, to the Nazi occupation and the Holocaust.
All in all you will have the opportunity to live and learn in a space filled with history and beauty. You will interact with its landscapes, people, and monuments and enrich your understanding of our world at the edge of Europe, where East and West merge to create the heady mix of Greek culture.
Travel to ... and see ...
Athens: Acropolis; Parthenon; Agora; Archaeological Museum; Delphi Museum; Hosios Loukas Monastery; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Island of Lesvos: Skala Sykamnias; Vareltzidaina Mansion; Leimonos Monastery; Mytilene; Molyvos; Valley of the Waterfalls; Mt. Lepetimnos
Thessaloniki: White Tower; Arch of Galerius and Rotunda; Aristotelous Square; Hagios Demetrios
Download the Program Calendar
Field School 2019 Schedule