On the weekend of October 27th, some CYA provided the opportunity for students to join an adventure that many have dreamed of but few have had the chance to actually do – hike up Mount Olympus. After 3 hours of hiking, an overnight stay in a shelter halfway up the mountain, and another 3 hours of hiking the next morning, these students experienced the famed home of the ancient Greek gods firsthand.
The stares. This is what happens when you step over the rope into the spaces few go, but many wish to visit. Students in the “Illegal Antiquities” class, led by CYA professor Zoë Κοntes ’95, climbed the steps of the monumental entrance and then entered the Propylaea by stepping over the rope all wish to pass.
‘The Present Past: Re-imagining Greece through Heritage’ is a CYA summer course that focuses on a journey – literally and metaphorically – into aspects of Greek heritage.
Last Tuesday, class visited Sparoza, an experimental garden at the outskirts of Athens.
But what is a Heritage course doing at a garden? CYA professor Athena Hadji explains: “We tend to associate heritage with the cultural. However, already in 1972, UNESCO decrees that the cultural and the natural are to be seen in association with each other in any matter pertaining to heritage. This is in fact the second garden we are visiting with ‘The Present Past’ class!”*
“Unknown Provenance.” 2-words repeated over and over by CYA professor, alumna (’95), and trustee, Zoë Kontes, while showing her students around the Museum of Cycladic Art here in Athens. Zoë Kontes teaches a new summer course called Illegal Antiquities, which looks at the acts of looting antiquities, the international art trade, forgeries, museum management, and conservation of heritage in regards to Greek art and archaeology.
“First we need to care about the Planet, then the People, and after about Profit”. APIVITA co-founder, Nikos Koutsianas, welcomed CYA’s Political Economy in a Historical Context: From Ancient Greece to Modern Greek Crises class with these words, while on a tour of their Industrial Park. APIVITA means “Life of Bees” and in their headquarters, strategically named “The Bee Hive” students learned from Koutsianas about the “APIVITA way of life.” This life revolves around “strong philosophy, values, social responsibility, heritage, and an innovative outlook.”
Bright yellow daisies growing all around two huge abandoned factory buildings, a dominating red and white chimney, ruined walls covered with colorful graffiti and in the background the blue waters of the Saronic Gulf.
This was the rather unusual scene that CYA class ‘Global Cities – The Case of Piraeus’ encountered upon arriving at the destination of their 5th field trip.
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