Basic Program Spring Break in Greece

Basic Program Spring Break in Greece

Our next Spring Break in Greece will take place in March 2021. Information on these pages is from the 2019 trip. 

We are pleased to offer an opportunity for Basic Program students to travel to Greece accompanied by Basic Program Cyril O. Houle Chair and Instructor Zoë Eisenman and Athens Centre archaeologist Michael Wedde. Experience firsthand some of the historic places that you have encountered in the first two years of the curriculum.

Based in Athens, the trip will visit places such as the temple of Athena on the Acropolis and Socrates's jail cell in Athens, Apollo's temple and the Oracle of Delphi, and the tomb of Agamemnon at Mycenae. There will be plenty of free time to explore on your own and discuss the sites in relation to the texts with your fellow students. Participants must be current Basic Program students or alumni of the program. Spouses and partners are welcome.

Testimonials from participants on the 2017 Spring Break in Greece

"The archaeologist was perfect. He was a scholar erudite in the subject, and he answered our questions well. Michale Wedde was outstanding in making the sites 'come alive.' Michael really made the trip for me. His knowledge and insight were a key part of the trip’s value to me."

"The synergy with the Basic Program courses is great. We read a lot of material over the 4 years and to actually see the locations made that come alive. I feel more attached to the Basic Program after visiting Greece and better appreciate the special bond the Basic Program creates among its students."

About the Instructors 

Zoë Eisenman holds an MA in classics from the University of Chicago. Her main academic focus is on Greek and Roman philosophy, classical cultural history, and gender studies.

Michael Wedde is a prehistoric and classical archaeologist with an MA in archaeology, English, and French from the Université de Neuchâtel and a PhD in archaeology from the Universität Mannheim. His main interests include ancient ship imagery and architecture, and pretty much all aspects of the ancient Greeks.

Questions?

For further information or questions, please contact the Graham School at 773.702.1722 or email Jan Watson at janwatson@uchicago.edu.