Arizona in the Aegean is a five-week summer study-abroad program based on a Cycladic island (typically Paros, but for 2016 it will be Kea). Cyclades is an archipelago of over 20 islands in the Aegean Sea. Throughout history, the inhabitants of the Cyclades have transformed their environmental resources (e.g., sun, wind, water, soil, clay, marble, obsidian, and emery) into powerful machinery or symbolically charged works of art. Laden with the history of nine millennia, the Cyclades have seen a succession of civilizations, including those of the Minoans, Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Throughout the centuries, the Cyclades have been the homes of traders, farmers, artisans, poets, and pirates who capitalized on abundance and strategized against scarcity. For the last two summers, the program has expanded to include Greek mainland: half the time is spent on the Greek mainland (e.g., Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae) and half the time on a Cycladic island. Students can take short field trips to neighboring islands (Naxos, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini), either as part of the program or on their own free time.
The program Director, Eleni Hasaki, Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology and the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona, has conducted fieldwork and research on the Cyclades for over a decade. She is joined by a team of internationally reknown faculty on Prehistoric Aegean, Volcanology, Marine Ecology. Regular interaction with traditional craftspeople (potters, sculptors, ship builders, bee-keepers, cheese-makers, weavers) provides an unprecedented hands-on experience for all participants.
For Summer 2016: On the Greek mainland (led by Prof. Robert Groves), the program will features visits to famous sites which hosted spectacles and performances of many kinds: athletic, civic, literary and religious. Students will climb to the temple of Apollo at Delphi and the famous Parthenon in Athens, visit the renown theater at Epidaurus, tour the institutions of Athenian Democracy, and run in the stadium that hosted the ancient Olympics games at Olympia, in addition to visiting museums filled with superb artifacts and ecofacts. On the idyllic island settings of Kea (led by Prof. Evi Gorogianni) students are given the opportunity to handle with archaeological materials and directly examine interconnections between craft production and performance by visiting mines and quarries, engaging with the fundamentals of several technologies such as pottery and textile production, metallurgy, beekeeping, food production and preparation. Students are introduced to icons of Greek art, architecture and literature through readings and, most significantly, through hands-on activities and opportunities for their own performance or craft production. They also gain unique experiences and exercise critical skills while grounded in the landscape and environment that was the cradle of Western civilization.
You can see more details at the Global Initiatives Study Abroad Website:
The estimated cost for the program is $5,680.00. For a list of other expenses visit the UA Study Abroad website.
- See more at: https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-aegean-greece#st... for application for Summer 2016: February 15, 016 Dates of the Program: June 6-July 3, 2016