[MGSA-L] Columbia Global Seminar: Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters - Istanbul Spring 2014 - Tell your students!

Karen Van Dyck vandyck at columbia.edu
Thu Sep 18 02:30:59 PDT 2014

Dear All,

If you have any undergraduates who are contemplating study abroad please let them know about this opportunity to study Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Bogaziçi University this Spring. And please print and hang up the poster. 

North American students can apply through Columbia (see below). Greek and other students in Europe can apply either through ERASMUS programs at their university or as visiting students directly to Bogaziçi. Although it is an undergraduate program, graduate students at Bogazici (or visiting) can also sign up for the Columbia-taught seminars. Fifteen students will be admitted (5 from North America, 5 from Greece and 5 from Turkey). Happy to forward syllabi to interested students.

Thanks for spreading the word,


Karen Van Dyck
Kimon A. Doukas Chair and Director 
Program in Hellenic Studies
Classics Department, Columbia University 
Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters

New Study Abroad Program in Istanbul Info Sessions
Columbia Global Seminar: Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters

Columbia has launched a new spring semester study abroad program in Istanbul, building upon existing relationships with Boğaziçi University, the Columbia Global Centers in Turkey, and Studio X. The program is anchored by two seminars, taught by Columbia Professors Martha Howell and Karen Van Dyck, that address the question of how, from the Middle Ages to the present, westerners have interpreted and incorporated features of Greek culture in Istanbul. The first course will explore the history of western Europeans’ relationship to Byzantine culture when Constantinople reigned as a cultural capital of Christendom; the second examines how the World has responded to Greece at the crossroads of East and West since the Fall of Constantinople with literature as its main lens for reading culture. For Columbia students, the first course counts as a seminar for the History major and the second fulfills a Global Core requirement.

To help navigate their encounters in modern-day Istanbul, students will enroll in a Turkish language course and choose at least one elective course from various disciplines at Boğaziçi University. The program includes an orientation and field-trips which will help familiarize students with the academic culture and life in Istanbul. No prior knowledge of Turkish is required.

Information Session Dates & Times:

Thursday, Sept. 18th from 5-6pm

Thursday, Sept. 25th from 4:15-5:15pm

Place: 617B Hamilton

The deadline for applications is October 1st, 2014. To learn more about the program, and to access an application visit: http://columbia.studioabroad.com/?go=IstanbulGlobalSeminar.

Interested but can’t attend? Visit Robin Leephaibul’s office hours in the Office of Global Programs Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3-4pm or email her with questions – rl2705 at columbia.edu.


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