The Isles of Greece! 2014: The Southern Cyclades

19 May-9 June 2014

This course will introduce students to a variety of aspects of life in Greece over the five millennia from the Bronze Age to our own time. Topics include history, literature, geology, religion, philosophy, ethnography, marine biology, archaeology, and cultural resources management. Sailing and hiking, lectures and readings, snorkeling and diving, visits to sites and museums, conversations with faculty and fellow students, student reports, encounters with our Greek hosts, and travel diaries will provide opportunities for students to acquire information and reflect on their experiences. In particular, the nautical life will give students a sense of the Greek islands as the Greeks saw them in an age before mechanized travel: from the sea in sailing vessels. Students will learn to sail and to live aboard a sailboat.

For complete information about the program, peruse the prospectus and apply at USD's center for Global Learning. We welcome students from outside USD; please contact Mr Jordan or Mr Lehmann directly.

You can find Mr Lehmann's PowerPoint Overview of Greek History here, Mr Stone's PowerPoint on Greek Philosophy and religion here, and Mr Jordan's PowerPoint of Greek Geology here. The rubrics lay out the academic expectations of this program.

You can read about previous tours, look at pictures, and read student comments by following these links:
The Isles of Greece! 2005: The Cyclades
The Isles of Greece! 2006: The Dodecanese
The Isles of Greece! 2007: The Ionian Islands
The Isles of Greece! 2008: The Southern Cyclades
The Isles of Greece! 2009: The Saronic and Argolic Gulfs
The Isles of Greece! 2010: The Northern Sporades
The Isles of Greece! 2011: The Southern Dodecanese
The Isles of Greece! 2012: Attica and the Northern Cyclades
The Isles of Greece! 2013: The Ionian Islands and the Gulf of Corinth

Mr Lehmann and Mr Stone wrote an article about this program, "Greece from the Sea: An Interdisciplinary, Intercollegiate Adventure in Teaching and Learning," The Classical Journal 105.2 (2009/10) 163-73.

Mr Lehmann wrote a review of the trip in 2012 for our charter company.

Mr Jordan's personal Website is at
Mr Lehmann's personal Website is at