Dr. Heidi Rose
Department of Communication
College of Arts and Sciences
Garey Hall 24
Trip Dates: May 20– June 26, 2014
*Departure from USA on May 19.*
Orientation Dates: TBD
The communication discipline has its origins in the study of the spoken word and its power to move and persuade. Greece is the site of much of the history of the spoken word, from epic storytelling, to oratory, to drama and lyric poetry, to the messages of the oracles. This five-week, 6 - credit summer program allows Communication majors and minors and honors students to gain important insights into the roots of the discipline and make contemporary applications through hands-on experience in Greece. Students can gain additional intercultural insights by observing and participating in a contemporary culture that continues to surround itself with, and to be influenced by, its ancient history.
The 2014 program consists of two interdependent courses that will engage students in understanding connections between the ancient and contemporary Greek worlds: one focuses on ancient Greek theatre as a way to understand rhetorical constructions of myth; and the other focuses on tourism and places of public memory as rhetorical and performative sites.
Course instruction takes place primarily in outdoor, nontraditional spaces, and as much as possible on or near specific ancient sites. The students’ primary work—analysis and performance of significant rhetorical, dramatic, and myth texts—needs to be grounded in the specifically historical, social, and cultural contexts, and much of this is gleaned from the physical space. Thus, travel to these sites is an integral part of the academic program.
In particular, these field trips:
The majority of the instruction will occur in outdoor classroom space (including beaches, when available), with the remainder actually occurring on ancient historical and archaeological sites. In addition, students in the two distinct courses, Rhetoric and Myth and Rhetoric and Democracy, will learn about course topics in a unique team-taught fashion. Since the same group of students will be taking both courses simultaneously, the program fosters close collegiality between students and faculty, as well as theoretical and applied connections between the rhetorical tradition and performance studies. Students are required to take both courses for a total of six credits.
Scheduled field trips include the Athenian Acropolis, Agora, Theatre of Dionysus, and Pnyx, Delos (Mykonos), Ancient Thira (Santorini, The Palace of Knossos (Crete), Ancient Delphi, Mycenae, The Theatre of Epidaurus, and ancient Corinth. A number of ancient theatres, for example, such as the Herodian Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus, both located at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis, are still relatively intact. The Pnyx, where Pericles, Socrates and other statesmen addressed the Athenian citizens, will be the site of a class. Outside of Athens are a number of other important rhetorical sites, such as the island of Delos (the sacred birthplace of Artemis and Apollo), Delphi (the most important oracle of the ancient world), Ancient Corinth (the governing seat of a neighboring important city-state), Ancient Mycenae (center of the Mycenaean world and the palace of Agamemnon), The Palace of Knossos on Crete (the center of the Minoan civilization), and Epidaurus (the site of ancient annual rhetorical and theatrical contests and currently the site of ongoing summer performances of important ancient Greek plays). Thus, Greece is an ideal site for instruction in democracy, rhetoric, and myth in ancient Greece.
May 19: Depart Philadelphia, PA to Athens Greece
May 20: Arrival in Athens Greece, program begins.
May 20 - May 24: Athens
May 25 - June 22: Following a few days in Athens, the program will move to Mykonos, Delos, Santorini, Crete, Delphi (overnight ferry), Tolo, which allows for trips to Mycenae, Eleusis, Ancient Corinth, among others. The program will conclude following a brief final stay in Athens.
June 23 - June 25: Athens
June 26: Breakfast, then transfer to airport for departure flight.