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Department of History to sponsor
educational tour of Greece next May

Nov. 20, 2006 - The Department of History and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro are sponsoring a 19-day study tour to Greece, tentatively scheduled for May 6-May 24, 2007.

The Greek study tour will provide a comprehensive exploration of ancient Greek history, civilization, and art from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. It will incorporate lectures and discussions with extensive guided travel throughout Greece. The program will include visits to all major historical and archeological sites, as well as significant museum collections on the mainland. The tour will visit Athens, Cape Sounion, Corinth, Epidauros, Mycenae, Nauplion, Olympia, and Delphi, as well as the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, Aegina, and Crete, where sites will include the city of Heraklion and the palaces of Knossos and Phaistos. In some instances there may be special guided tours by working archeologists.

Despite the busy itinerary and obvious emphasis on antiquity, the study tour is meant to provide a relaxed, enjoyable experience for the participant. There will be adequate time for casual strolls to explore the varied and dynamic culture of modern Greece, such as the famous Plaka district and the Flea Market of Athens, the quaint port-city of Nauplion, Greece’s first capital, the stunning vistas and sunsets of Santorini, and the cubistic architecture of Mykonos. There will even be the opportunity to take a swim at the picturesque beach in Matala on the island of Crete.

The study tour will consist of two separate interim summer history courses. Participants may choose to sign up for 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate academic credit, or they may choose to audit the class.

All overland travel in Greece will by means of private buses, often with local guides. Travel to islands will be via sea ferries, including an overnight passage from Athens to Crete. All lodgings will be in suitable hotels (double occupancy). Meals furnished will include all breakfasts and dinners, and various entry fees are also included in the package.

The study tour will be guided by Dr. Alexander Sydorenko, a professor of history at Arkansas State University. Dr. Sydorenko, a native of Ukraine, is of Greek ancestry. He has traveled extensively in Greece, making 8 trips to the country since 1991, and he is very familiar with Greek history and culture. "Greece is like another world," he says. "It leaves an indelible impression on the mind and spirit."

For further information on costs and all pertinent details, please contact Dr. Sydorenko directly by phone at 870/972-3257 or by e-mail at

The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the Jazz Lab Band and ASU Tribe in concert on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall.

The ASU Jazz Bands are under the direction of new ASU faculty member, E. Ron Horton. This concert promises to have music for jazz fans of all tastes as the band performs big band music from a variety of eras and in a multitude of styles.


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