When in Greece

Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Philip Walsh, assistant professor of English and an instructor in ancient Greek and Latin, and Dr. Joseph Prud’homme, associate professor of political science and director for the Institute of the Study of Religion, Politics, and Culture, students of Washington College now have the opportunity to study abroad in Greece.

The summer program will take place May 22 until June 6 at an estimated $4,950 per person. This expense covers round trip airfare, central accommodation, private coach transportation, a full-time teaching assistant, daily breakfast and five group dinners, and entrance tickets to all sites.

The trip is in conjunction with the Paideia Institute, a non-profit organization that specializes in helping teachers bring the ancient world to life and promoting the study of the classics. Teaching assistants, who are trained classicists passionate about history, literature, and archaeology and usually live in Greece, support the teachers. The living Latin and Greek summer programs bring students abroad for first-hand encounters with the places and texts they study.

Throughout the 15-day trip, students will travel across mainland Greece to Athens to see the Acropolis and Agora, to Nafplio to see the Palamidi Palace, to Epidauros to see the Ancient Theater, to Mycenae to see the Treasury of Atreus, to Olympia to see the Ancient Stadium, and to Thessaloniki to see the Arch of Galerius.

Dr. Walsh said, “Thessaloniki is a crossroads between cultures, almost like a whole other world. You can really see the huge influence of Middle Eastern culture and Western culture.”

He said the trip to Greece is a unique opportunity because it is a perfect blend of modern and classical. Greece is the “cradle of western civilization” and early Christianity, and it is also the center of modern things going on today.

Additionally, the mores, laws, and customs in Greece are seen as exotic and mysterious to many westerners who travel there, because many of these practices result from being under Ottoman control for nearly four centuries.

Dr. Walsh traveled to Athens in the summer of 2006 for two months, which he called an amazing experience. He encouraged students to travel abroad now while they can. He said, “Studying abroad in the summer or winter is especially good for busy students who are really involved throughout the school year. There are definitely a lot of opportunities for students here to study abroad short term and long term.”

The trip is open to faculty, staff, and students, and it is open to all disciplines and majors. Students will receive a credit in philosophy by studying in Greece and will most likely have to write a journal throughout the trip and will have a final paper or project chronicling their experiences.

Dr. Walsh said, “Now more than ever before, we have the chance to explore the world in ways that have not been seen before.”

The Greece trip is still actively recruiting students for the trip, and Dr. Walsh requested that students contact him at pwalsh2@washcoll.edu, Joseph Prud’homme at jprudhomme2@washcoll.edu, or Alex Levy at alexlevy2@washcoll.edu by the end of this semester if they are interested in studying in Greece.



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