As a cultural ideal and as a modern polity, Greece figures prominently in critical global processes. We will explore the multiple cultural and material exchanges between Greeks--real and imagined--and the world in modern times. We will analyze issues such as the idealization of ancient Greece, the ownership of antiquities, tourism and traveling, urban development and modernity, crisis, borders and human mobility, arts, material cultures, and the human interaction with the sea in Mediterranean and global contexts. The class includes a mandatory spring break trip to Greece for in situ explorations of relevant course themes.
A Journey to Greece was made possible by the Erric B. Kertsikoff Fund for Hellenic Studies.