Teaching the Crisis: Global Faculty Development in Athens and Istanbul
May 27 to June 3, 2014
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Greece and Turkey sit, in many ways, on the fringes of Europe. While inclusion in the Eurozone initially opened the door for foreign capital investment in Greece and fostered several years of economic growth, after multiple years of budget deficits, declining aggregate demand, and rising debt levels, many question whether this "weak link" should remain tied economically to the rest of Europe and, if so, under what conditions. Meanwhile, Turkey’s economy is growing, but its application to the European Union is stalled over concerns about human rights issues and Western worries about the role of Islam in the nation’s culture and politics.
Arcadia University, in cooperation with The College of Global Studies' Athens and Istanbul Centers, is hosting a nine-day faculty seminar where these questions and more will be explored by an interdisciplinary group of professors and scholars.
The seminar will run from May 27 to June 3, 2014; a detailed schedule is listed below.
While these cities are steeped in myth and history, in the early 21st Century they provide a fascinating portal through which to examine the future of global political and economic conflict and change. Moreover, the comparison of Greece and Turkey provides a sharper means to understand the economic and political situation in the other and in Europe as a whole.
Seminar participants will learn from one another and from experts in both nations how the contemporary political and economic situation is playing out and how to incorporate the lessons learned into their teaching and research. Faculty members from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, but we expect it will be of particular interest to those in:
- Political Science
- International Finance
- International Studies
- Contemporary European History
- Area Studies in Greece and Turkey
- Peace and Conflict Resolution
Participants will meet in seminars each day with faculty from the Athens and Istanbul Centers and with public officials and other experts, but will have opportunities to visit sites in both cities and the surrounding area, as well. On-line pre- and post-trip discussions will focus on how faculty members can best integrate the experience abroad into their teaching and their universities’ curriculum.
- Monday, May 26: Participants depart from their home cities for Athens
- Tuesday, May 27: Participants arrive in Athens
- Sunday, June 1: Participants travel from Athens to Istanbul
- Tuesday, June 3: Participants return to home cities from Istanbul
The fee for the seminar is $1,475, and includes:
- Housing in Athens and Istanbul (single room)
- Flight from Athens to Istanbul
- Breakfast each day
- Welcome dinner and farewell dinner
- In-country travel to sponsored sites
Participants would be expected to cover the following expenses:
- Flight from home to Athens
- Flight from Istanbul to home
- All meals not specified above
- Any in-country travel not sponsored by Arcadia
- Any costs related to passports or visas
- Incidental expenses incurred during the trip
- Any food or lodging before or after the seminar
- Participants must make a deposit of $500 or present a letter from their Chief Academic Officer guaranteeing payment of the trip fee of $1,475 by April 15, 2014.
- Full payment is due by May 15, 2014.
- Applications due: April 11, 2014
- Notification of acceptance: April 18, 2014
If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. John Noakes
Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement and Student Learning
Director of Research and Assessment
The College of Global Studies