Istanbul, the Greek isles and Athens

Blue Mosque

12-day May study abroad tour voyages to the hub of Western civilization.

Hurry! Registration ends February 14.

Troy, the city from which Helen incited the Trojan War in the 12th century B.C. Athens, the cradle of democracy with its magnificent Acropolis and Parthenon. Crete, home of the Minotaur and his deadly maze. Istanbul, a true world city with its stunning Blue Mosque and Byzantine Hagia Sophia. Patmos, one of the 12 Dodecanese islands, where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Ephesus, with its ancient temples and where the Virgin Mary lived out her final years.

These sites form the backbone of Western civilization, and Columbia College invites all friends of the college, students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends to this 12-day tour of the sun-soaked Aegean from May 19-30, 2012.

It would also make an unforgettable Christmas gift.

The tour is offered in conjunction with classes students may take for full credit as part of the March session. Classes are web-assisted and financial aid is available.

Cost of the tour is about $3,858 and includes round-tip airfare, a two-day cruise through the Greek islands, hotel accommodations and admittance to all attractions.
Classes include:

  • The Art of Greece and Turkey, exploring the development of Greek art across three centuries and Turkish art of the 16th and 17th centuries, the zenith of the Ottoman Empire. Course instructor is Lee Stanton, an adjunct in art appreciation.
  • The Geometry of Turkish Ceramics and Tilings. Ancient practitioners used traditional methods of measurement to create dazzling geometric compositions, often based on the repetition of a single pattern. The results are magnificent. Instructors are Ann Schlemper, associate professor of mathematics, and Stanton.
  • The Historical Foundations of Western Science, from Greek and Islamic cultures to the development of science in Europe; taught by Fred and Dawn Ross, adjunct science instructors.
  • Troy, its legends, literature and rediscovery of Troy, in conjunction with a site visit; Dr. Robert Boon, a world traveler and adjunct in humanities.
  • Greek Religion and the Emperor Hadrian. Hadrian’s reign (117-138 C.E.) represented a phase of late antiquity in which syncretistic religious influences from all over the Roman Empire were prominent; Phillip Bernhardt-House, adjunct in religion, Columbia College-Whidbey Island and Marysville-Everett, Wash.
  • Byzantine and Classical Greek Philosophy, reviewing the intellectual foundation of the Platonic and Aristotelian philosophical traditions and the role of Byzantine philosophers; Melanie Johnson-Moxley, visiting assistant professor, philosophy.

Go to, and enter tour number 1034089 or contact Dr. Brain Kessel, study abroad advisor at for more information.


The MotherShipp said...

I'm going! I cannot WAIT!!!!

AliciaJo said...

And I am right behind you Michelle!!!! So excited!