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June 13, 2016 - Fifteen King’s College students and two faculty members recently completed a faculty-led study abroad experience to Greece with stops in Athens, Tolo, Ancient Olympia, and Delphi. This is the first time in the College’s history that a group of King’s students and faculty have studied cultural sites in Greece. 

Student participants were Amanda Addes, Anastasia Araviakis, Heather Danishanko, Lindsay Denion, Nicole DiLillo, Brianna DiMaggio, Mary Katherine Evans, Emma Hanrahan, Olivia Hoffman, Kathleen McIntosh, Molly McMullen, Elizabeth Novak, Carissa Smith, Kayley Spinella, and Krystal Szerszen. 

As part of the program, titled “Greece: Philosophy as a Way of Life,” students explored ancient sites, religious rituals, theatrical performances, and traditional mythology presented in the writings of Plato and Aristotle. The group toured sites such as the National Archeological Museum; the Temples of Zeus, Apollo, and Athena; and several ancient cities including Mycenae and Olympia, the site of the Olympic Games in classical times.

This program was designed for students to understand the elements of philosophy practiced in everyday life and how these elements are woven into the religious, ethnic, linguistic, and social understandings of diverse cultures. Students earned credits that satisfy a philosophy core requirement at King’s.

King’s faculty members Dr. James Ambury, assistant professor of philosophy, and Dr. Elise Heiss, assistant professor of chemistry, were program directors.  Renata Evan, coordinator of short-term faculty-led programs abroad, assisted in developing the program.  

King’s College offers a variety of faculty-led study abroad programs as part of its commitment to global learning and student development. 

King’s students and faculty who participated in the short-term study abroad experience to Greece are, seated from left: Lindsay Denion, Emma Hanrahan, Mary Katherine Evans, Kayley Spinella, and Krystal Szerszen. Standing: Dr. James Ambury, faculty director; Amanda Addes; Heather Danishanko; Elizabeth Novak; Olivia Hoffman; Carissa Smith; Nicole DiLillo; Brianna DiMaggio; Molly McMullen; and Dr. Elise Heiss, faculty director. Absent from photo: Anastasia Araviakis and Kathleen McIntosh.