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Full day field-trip around Greater Athens with H/S339

Is it true that the Greeks see their own state as an enemy of sorts? Where can we trace Greece’s ambivalent feelings towards its western allies? Can analyzing Greek politics shed light into our understanding of the US political system?

Those are some of the questions addressed in Professor Gandolfo’s Fall semester class Contemporary Greek Politics and Society: Historical Perspectives on Change and Continuity.

After beginning the semester with a focus on today’s Greek Political system and relating it to that of the US, the class embarks on a historical journey, to trace the development of the modern Greek state to its roots, and create an understanding of the background to long-term social issues and political problems. During the last part of the Semester, the class makes a most interesting shift of focus, towards the people of Greece. How do they relate to their state and state laws?

To find out more about the classes political explorations, we joined class for a day.

On a bright October morning, the Professor Gandolfo and his 17 students embarked on a compelling full-day journey around Greater Athens.  With Gandolfo enthusiastically providing information on multiple levels of Greek reality,  the students discovered areas of Athens strikingly different to one another.

On what was probably the most unusual itinerary in our bus driver’s career, the group investigated places that reveal unsung stories of immigration, class, religion, cultural growth, ethnic tensions but, most importantly, every-day truths about the people living in this country, their history, and contemporary realities.

Take a look at a few of our stops:


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