Institute of Eastern Mediterranean Studies

About

IEMSThe mission of the Institute of Eastern Mediterranean Studies (IEMS), formally established in 2018, is to promote and support the study of the Eastern Mediterranean and neighboring regions by building on the liberal arts mission of Emmanuel College and leveraging the academic and innovative power of Boston. IEMS at Emmanuel College sponsors academic programs, research and educational opportunities for students, scholars, policymakers and practitioners in Boston and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Since 2012, the summer academic programs have been centered at the island of Crete and at the Institute of Cretan Studies, at the Kapsomenos Foundation.

The Institute seeks to highlight the geopolitical and cultural importance of the Eastern Mediterranean in a changing globalizing landscape that relies on diplomacy, innovation and leadership; and to provide opportunities for future leaders in the Eastern Mediterranean and the U.S. to benefit from this integrative program. The Institute offers study abroad opportunities, U.S.-based academic programs in Greece and provides scholarships for Emmanuel College students as well as students from the region to pursue study of the Institute's programs.

May 30 to June 30, 2019

Emmanuel students have a unique opportunity to study the geopolitical complexity of the continental crossroads of the eastern Mediterranean for four weeks, in an intensive, twelve-credit international relations program while in residence in Greece and travel in Italy and Cyprus. The program emphasizes the significance of the region as it relates to issues of the geopolitical importance of the region and the forces that have defined the post-Cold War world.

The curriculum combines a unique study abroad program, taught by Emmanuel faculty, and also a large number of regional experts and practitioners, with an extended classroom experience in Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean. Course highlights include on-site and off-site presentations from academics military and policy experts, educational visits, museum tours, historical and archaeological sites, cultural experiences, dancing, hiking, swimming, excursions throughout the island and special visits to Athens, Italy and Cyprus.

The program consists of two advanced International Relations summer courses, plus one free elective transfer credit course. High-achieving participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.


Courses:

POLSC2417      Statecraft and Globalization: Leadership in Crisis
POLSC2419      Geopolitics of Democracy in the Eastern Mediterranean
                               Greek Language and Culture (free elective transfer credit)


Travel Fees:
$6,720*

Fees include cost of tuition for eight Emmanuel credits and four elective transfer credits, accommodations, meals, airport transfers, most excursions and emergency insurance. Fees do not include cost of airfare.

*Note: This is an estimate based on recent travel expenses associated with this program. Fees are subject to change and dependent on tuition rates. Fees will be finalized prior to Spring semester.

Register for the Program through the Colleges of the Fenway Global Education Opportunities Center.

Expected Summer 2020

The program emphasizes the significance of the region as it relates to issues of agriculture and genetic modification of food; healthcare and disease prevention versus disease treatment; the human brain and the economic crisis; the economics of sustainable ecology and the role of biology. This innovative 4-week academically intensive program combines expertise from Biology and Economics with the backdrop of the Eastern Mediterranean. The program is primarily located at the Institute of Cretan Studies - The Kapsomenos Foundation, but includes travel in the wider Eastern Mediterranean with stops in Athens and Cyprus. The program is open to all students as there are no pre-requisites, however, the individual courses in Biology and Economics can be used to fulfill general requirements.

The curriculum combines a unique study abroad program, taught by Emmanuel faculty, and also a large number of regional experts and practitioners, with an extended classroom experience in Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean. Course highlights include on-site and off-site presentations from academics military and policy experts, educational visits, museum tours, historical and archaeological sites, cultural experiences, dancing, hiking, swimming, excursions throughout the island and special visits to Athens, Italy and Cyprus.    

The program consists of two Emmanuel College summer courses, plus one free elective transfer credit course. High-achieving participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Courses:

ECON 2203      An Economic View of the World
BIOL1999         Biology in the Mediterranean World
                              Modern Greek Language and Cultural Immersion (free elective transfer credit) 


Travel Fees: $6,720*

Fees include cost of tuition for eight Emmanuel credits and four elective transfer credits, accommodations, meals, airport transfers, most excursions and emergency insurance. Fees do not include cost of airfare.  

*Note: This is an estimate based on recent travel expenses associated with this program. Fees are subject to change and dependent on tuition rates. Fees will be finalized prior to Spring semester.


Register for the Program through the Colleges of the Fenway Global Education Opportunities Center.

Scholarships are available for candidates planning to attend the Emmanuel College Eastern Mediterranean programs in Crete, Greece. Students must be accepted into the program prior to applying for a scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded based upon the following criteria:

  • academic performance
  • passion for the topic and the area
  • activities and interests beyond the program
  • leadership
  • financial need


The committee will also consider the overall quality of application submissions received including, but not limited to the following:

  • spelling
  • grammar
  • vigor of expression  


Application submission deadline: April 15

Award announcements: April 25

Emmanuel College students and alumni have additional opportunities to participate in faculty-led travel courses associated with the Institute of Eastern Mediterranean Studies.

Courses include:

In the Footsteps of Thucydides
Explore the historical roots of western civilization in Greece during the Spring travel course "In the Footsteps of Thucydides" (POLSC2415). This program explores some of the most important historical sites associated with the rise of ancient Greek political life, architecture, spirituality, philosophy, and culture.  See Greece from a native's perspective, learning about the food, language, art, music and cultural dynamics. Exploring modern Greece will complement visits to places where important historical events occurred. Learn more about the political landscape of Ancient Greece that has so greatly influenced our own culture and current political system.  

Students interested in the course can apply during Spring course registration. 


Pericles in Today's Athens (alumni trip)
Explore the historical roots of western civilization in Greece. This program explores some of the most important historical sites associated with the rise of ancient Greek political life, architecture, spirituality, philosophy, and culture. See Greece from a native's perspective, learning about the food, language, art, music and cultural dynamics. Explore modern Greece as a complement to visits to places where important historical events occurred. Learn more about the political landscape of Ancient Greece that has so greatly influenced our own culture and current political system.

The Institute for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Emmanuel College presents a lecture series about diplomacy, innovation and leadership in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Past speakers include:

Spring 2018:

     MR. STRATOS EFTHYMIOU
      Consul General, Consulate General of Greece in Boston

     MR. ÖMÜR BUDAK
      Consul General, Consulate General of Turkey in Boston

     MR. YEHUDA YAAKOV
      Consul General, Consulate General of Israel in Boston

     DR. MICHAIL PSALIDOPOULOS 
      International Monetary Fund Representative of Greece

     MR. MUSTAFA AKYOL
      Journalist and Author; Senior Visiting Fellow, The Freedom Project, Wellesley College

     PHAROS ENSEMBLE

Fall 2018:

     DR. DIMITRIS TSAROUHAS
     Associate Professor Bilkent University
     Turkey's Changing Role in the Eastern Mediterranean: Identity and Reticent Europeanization

     MS. LAURA SARLO, CFA
     Vice President & Senior Soveregin Analyst at Loomis, Sayles & Co.
     Crisis, Recovery, and Crisis: Economics of the Eastern Mediterranean

     AMB. LAMIA MEKHEMAR
     Consul General of Egypt in Los Angeles
     Egypt and Economic Challenges in the 21st Century

     AMB. VESKO GARCEVIC
     Institute of Eastern Mediterranean Studies Ambassador in Residence
     NATO and the Western Balkans and the Center of Great Power Competition

     DR.LORGIA GARCIA-PENA and DR. EDWARD PAULINO
     Harvard University and John Jay College
     Borders that Bind or Divide Islands from Hispaniola to Cyprus

Spring 2019:

     DR. DIMITAR BECHEV
     Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center
     Russia and Turkey: Cooperation and Competition from the Black Sea to the Mediterraean

     MR. GIORGOS DIMITRAKOPOULOS
     Member of the European Parliament for New Democracy
     China and the Geopolitical Changes in the Eastern Mediterranean

     AMB. VESKO GARCEVIC
     Institute of Eastern Mediterranean Studies Ambassador in Residence
     The Demographic and the Geopolitical Map of the Eastern Mediterranean: 20 Years Letter

     DR. ROBERT ROSS
     Professor of Political Science, Boston College
     Associate of the Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University
     China and Great Power Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Institute for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Emmanuel College presents a Brown Bag Lunch series:

Past speakers include:

Spring 2019:

     DR. PANAGIOTIS METAXAS
     Faculty Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
     Truth, Trust, and Propaganda

     DR. VIOLETTA RAVAGNOLI
     Assitant Professor of History at Emmanuel College
     Italian and Chinese Migrations: Glocal Traditions and Identity

     DR. KONSTANTINA ZANOU
     Assistant Professor, Department of Italian Studies at Columbia University
     Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850: Stammering the Nation

The Institute for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Emmanuel College presents a series of film screenings and workshops:

Past events include:

Spring 2019:

ASMARINA: SCREENING AND PANEL
Ms. Medhin Paolos: Filmmaker, photographer, musician, and social justice activist
Dr. Lorgia Garcia-Pena: Author and Professor of Latinx Studies at Harvard University

PHAROS ENSEMBLE
Berklee College of Music
Music and Culture of the Eastern Mediterranean: Workshop and Celebration

THE TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS: SCREENING AND PANEL
Dr. Irit Aharony: Senior Preceptor in Modern Hebrew,
Harvard University. Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

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