PHILOSOPHY SUMMER SEMINARS IN ATHENS
CYA JUNE 5th - JULY 1st 2017
STUDYING ABROAD IS KINETIC
CYA ALUMNA COMPARES STUDY ABROAD TO LIFE AT HARVARD
THE STORY OF CYA FOUNDER: ISMENE PHYLACTOPOULOU
The use of classical and antiquity-related themes in modern cinematography has become a popular field of research in humanities in the recent decades. This semester, CYA students have the opportunity to explore such themes in our casual and fun series of Ancient World & Film Movie Nights held at the Academic Center Cafeteria Lounge.
We are pleased to host the lecture by Thomas W. Gallant, Professor of Modern Greek History and Archaeology at the University of California, CYA Alumnus (’76) and member of our Board of Advisors : Murder on Black Mountain: Love and Death on a Nineteenth Century Greek Island on Monday 13 March at 7:00 p.m.
Kafeneia are small cafes where men gather to pass the time, often swinging komboloi, “worry beads,” in their hands. They are vital in small villages. In the village in Crete where I lived for a month, there was no proper store for food or necessities and not even a taverna, but still, there were two kafeneia and often these were full.
It’s 6 am and my alarm goes off; I wake up, make a hearty breakfast consisting of eggs, toast, oatmeal, and of course a kale smoothie. Once I finish, I shower and get my workout gear on and head out the door to the Olympic stadium to start my first day of training.
Maggie and Leilah have been volunteering at local refugee camp for several weeks now. For Leilah it’s even the reason she chose to study abroad in Greece,
“I basically study the refugee crisis at school so that pretty much determined where I should go.”
And for Maggie it’s a chance to give back and meet some refugees.
Isn’t that the question though, maybe reworded, but nonetheless, who did put that old column there? Isn’t that why people travel across the world, to remote places, to see the magnificence and beauty of sites and to learn about what we know the old columns as: ancient ruins.
As we walked through old train cars to reach the stage of the play, my fellow CYA students and I were instantly intrigued by the uniqueness of the performance, Women of Passion, Women of Greece. Put on by the Theater Wagon of the Railway Carriage Theater (To Treno Sto Rouf) in English, this play captured my interest from beginning to end. Not only was the setting of the play unconventional, but there was only one woman acting in it.
CYA is a not-for-profit educational institution that has been offering semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs in Greece for over 5 decades. We offer students an academically outstanding program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece and the Mediterranean.