An interview with the renowned Greek author, Giannis Makridakis! This was part of an assignment designed for Advanced Modern Greek I and CYA Spring ’19 student Viviana Tsangaropoulos eagerly accepted the challenge. But, truth be told, the assignment was far more ambitious: Viviana read in Greek one of his most distinguished books (Anamisis Denekes), a crime story about immigration in the US and return to Greece, relocation and otherness; she prepared the questions for the interview; she did the interview itself and then she had to transliterate it into Greek and translate it into English.
The 3rd Annual CYA Student Conference “The Iconography of Power: Art, Politics, Propaganda & Religion in the Mediterranean across Time” took place on May 2-3, 2019.
The conference stimulated a broad-based and multi-disciplinary discussion on the fundamental role of images in shaping ideologies, beliefs, and identities. The temporal focus of the papers extended from the 5th c. BCE to the present, and topics ranged from the study of statues and monumental structures to examination of modern day photographs and feminist graffiti daubed on the walls of contemporary Athens.
This 3rd student conference involved a record number of participants, and its success proves that an event which started as an academic experiment has now become a CYA institution.
Attending service at Agios Spyridon Church at Pangrati, visiting the Byzantine museum, meeting a nun at the 11th century Ag. Ioannis Theologos Monastery in Papagos, creating a mosaic icon from scratch; hands-on experience and on-site visits are at the center of the REL 365 The Orthodox Church course.
CYA religion professor Despina Iosif describes how, throughout the Spring ’19 semester, her students experienced the Orthodox Church:
Last week, CYAers set off on an academic field trip to the Peloponnese, the peninsula on the southernmost part of mainland Greece.
Students visited important archaeological and historical sites from every period of the eventful Peloponnesian history, enjoyed spectacular natural landscapes, and got a taste of many aspects of modern Greek culture.
CYA student groups explored the Peninsula guided by CYA professors Steve Diamant, Athena Hadji, John Karavas, Demetris Kritsotakis, Hüseyin Öztürk, and Angelos Papadopoulos. Students also participated in additional educational tours discussing socio-political context, as well as environmental issues (groups were led by professors Romolo Gandolfo, Ioli Christopoulou, Panagiota Maragou and Costas Papacostantinou).
Here are some of the highlights of the Peloponnese Spring 2019 Academic Field Trip:
Is Greece a unique case in modern history? The CYA course ‘Modern Greece: From Revolutionary Visions to the European Crisis’ explores this question. Using Athens as a textbook, students participate in field trips to experience what history looks like in the everyday life of contemporary Greek citizens.
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