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Summer 2018 Asia Minor Travel Seminar

Hellenic College Holy Cross and Stockton University will once again offer undergraduate and graduate students the exciting opportunity to explore the history of Greek Orthodox Christian communities of late Ottoman Asia Minor through the 2018 HCHC Asia Minor Travel Seminar. This program is generously underwritten by the NY Life Insurance Company Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontos and Asia Minor at Hellenic College Holy Cross. All students selected to participate will receive fellowships to cover most Seminar-related expenses.

The program, which will run from June 10-30, is directed by Professor Tom Papademetriou, Director of the Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at Stockton University. The first segment of the program will take place at the Center for Asia Minor Studies in Athens, Greece, and feature Professor Paschalis Kitromilides of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Athens and Director of the Institute for Neohellenic Research at Greece's National Research Foundation. Students will focus on the oral history accounts of refugees recounting life in their Asia Minor villages prior to their uprooting by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.

The second portion will be a trip to northern Greece to visit refugee settlements of villages that were encountered in the archives, examining the settlement conditions, and the locations of memories from Asia Minor (churches, cultural centers, etc.). Participants will also observe the communities of Xanthi and Komotini, with populations of Christians and Muslims living side by side that were excluded from the Treaty of Lausanne.

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