ENGL 297 Performance: Sport, Theatre, Self, and Society in Greece
- Gain international and cross-cultural perspectives on performance in sport, theatre, and everyday life, and on how art, food, writing, and conversation contribute to health and healing.
- Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Athens, layered with signs of life from the people all over the globe who have made it home during ancient, Byzantine, Ottoman, neoclassical and modern eras.
- (Want a peek at the city today? Check out this music video shot on the streets of Athens.)
- Explore the ancient sites of Marathon, Sounio, Epidaurus, and Delphi, and the island of Aegina.
- Learn “survival Greek”: Modern Greek language and customs to help you fit in
- Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or 190
- Fulfills: English major or minor / Integrations in the Humanities and Global Perspectives for students on the new core curriculum / second Literature & Writing core requirement for students on the old core curriculum.
Study performance—in athletic competition, theatre, and life—in Greece. In this highly experiential course based in Athens, with day excursions across Greece, students will visit ancient and modern stadiums and theatres, participate in theatrical and athletic activities, dance, write, tour an agritourism farm, and meet with local producers of olive oil, pistachios, and wine.
The program consists of three days of pre-departure learning on campus in St. Paul, followed by three weeks onsite in Athens, Greece. While in Greece, students will get to know ancient and contemporary Athens intimately through walking tours and group challenges and exploration time. We will meet local visual and theatre artists, athletes, food producers, and entrepreneurs and tour their studios, markets, and farms. Much of our learning is hands-on and includes exploring, running, hiking, dancing, photographing, writing, and reciting. (And eating; lots of eating.) Each week we will take day trips outside of Athens: to Marathon, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio, the island of Aegina, the ancient healing sanctuary at Epidaurus, and the oracle at Delphi.
Participation and daily reading & writing exercises
Writing to Learn assignments
Pindaric Ode contest
Final synthesis essay
Location and Tentative Dates
January 4-6: three days of class on campus in St. Paul
January 7-26: Athens, Greece
Tuesday, March 23, 4:30-5:00 pm
Click on the Program Cost link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, airfare, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, apartment accommodations and some meals.
Housing and Meals
Double-occupancy in studio apartments in Athens. (Each has a kitchenette and balcony.)
Four dinners and three group lunches are included. (Plus a wine-tasting, olive oil-tasting, and gelato-scarfing.)
Application Procedures & Deadline
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
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- Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
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Sustainability & Study Abroad: CO2 Emissions for This Program
The flights for this program release 1.7841 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 227,536 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 75.9 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 67.8 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator
to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.