Summer Program

Field Archaeology

(Maymester & July) This course focuses on archaeological field and laboratory methods through readings, lectures, and mainly hands-on experiences (dig simulator) and the data these practices generate. It will cover the essential field methods employed in archaeological survey (ground, aerial, geophysical), excavation, restoration/conservation. This will include the fundamentals of documentation including note taking, drawing, photography, and map-making.

Archaeological Field Trips

(Maymester & July) This is a unique course taught on-site during faculty-led weekend field trips to various archaeological sites, historical landscapes and museums in Greece. This course aims to familiarize the students with key ancient cities, monuments, masterpieces of art, and the history of ancient Greece. Field trips may include Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Pylos, Corinth, Tiryns, Nafplio, Argos, Epidaurus, Sparta-Mystras, Monemvasia, Hydra-Spetses).

Cultural Geology

(Maymester) The growth of geological concepts, scientific and non-scientific. The impact of geological factors on human affairs. The role of time and evolution (biological and physical). In practice, the course is about how Earth Sciences are tightly interwoven with human affairs and culture.  For example, international politics and resources, climate change, natural disasters, use of resources through time.  It is truly interdisciplinary that could attract majors from various disciplines, and easy to focus on the Mediterranean (plenty of crises there, from antiquity until today…).

Geological Oceanography

(Maymester) A comprehensive study of the origin and development of the major structural features of the ocean basins and the continental margins. Discussion of the techniques used in obtaining geologic data and the interpretation of sedimentary processes, vulcanism, and the stratigraphy of the ocean basins. Considering the active tectonics in Greece, we could make the geology of Eastern Mediterranean a key teaching component of this course.

Imperial Sustainability

(July) This course examines texts, archaeological finds, environmental data, air photographs, and satellite imagery for evidence of the relationship of ancient cities to the countrysides that sustained them, and of the environmental impacts of imperial expansion across those landscapes. All majors, especially ENVR/ENVS, ANTH, GEOG, CLAS, HIST, Global Studies.

Landscape Drawing & Painting

(July) This course focuses on landscape drawing and painting, aiming to expand the students' horizons to a variety of landscapes and encourage them to create and use colors differently. Classes include practice on drawing and painting in the beautiful settings and diverse landscapes of Mycenae, Nafplion, and nearby places and islands, lectures, readings, roundtable discussions and slide presentations about various artists and their work, visits at museums and art galleries to experience landscape art.

The Survival of Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance

(July) The process of activation of Greco-Roman art has played a substantial role in the aesthetic ideas and inspiration of Renaissance artists. The seminar explores the concept of the Renaissance, defined by Erwin Panofsky as the great revival of arts and letters under the influence of classical models, which began in Italy in the fourteenth century and continued during the fifteenth and sixteenth.