March 19, 2018

Past Meets Present: Students Meet Greek President While Exploring Historical Roots of Modern Greece

Over spring break, a group of Emmanuel students traced fifth-century Athenian historian and general Thucydides through his historical account the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC).

The trip culminated in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit with current Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos (pictured below, left) at the Presidential Mansion of Athens, a hosted lunch at the Benaki Museum and an exclusive tour of Parliament with Greece's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Terens-Nikolaos Quick.

Through the travel course, "In the Footsteps of Thucydides"—led by associate professor of political science Petros Vamvakas—students explored the roots of western civilization in Greece, including historical sites associated with the rise of ancient Greek political life, architecture, spirituality, philosophy and culture such as the Parthenon, the Acropolis, Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, Delphi and the Temple of Apollo, Epidaurus and more.

The exploration of modern Greece—experiencing the food, language, art, music and cultural dynamics through a native's perspective—complemented the visits to places where important historical events occurred.

Dr. Vamvakas and students were also interviewed for and featured in the largest Greek daily, Kathimerini, in honor of Emmanuel College's study abroad programs to Greece over the years.


Emmanuel travel courses are a great opportunity for students who may not want to or be able to commit to a semester or longer-term study abroad program. Why not consider spending spring break in Ireland, summer in Greece, or a few weeks serving others on our service-learning course in South Africa? Check out some of our current faculty-led travel courses here.

Explore Emmanuel

The Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA)

In a city known for innovation in healthcare, opportunities for Emmanuel students are bolstered by our location within the world-renowned Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA). With walking-distance access to cutting-edge scientific and medical institutions, ours is a neighborhood that stands hand-in-hand with the future.

Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Jolie Erlacher ’19 Finds Purpose Counseling Those in Need

As early as her second year at Emmanuel College, Jolie Erlacher '19 discovered the power of networking, seeing firsthand how the connections she has made at Emmanuel-and then beyond-have affected the course of her academic and career trajectory, each opportunity opening a door to the next.

Learn More
Featured Faculty: Rebecca Moryl

Dr. Rebecca Moryl is an Associate Professor of Economics at Emmanuel College. Professor Moryl teaches on subjects including microeconomics, economic relations, the politics of international economic relations and urban economics. She believes that understanding economics is critical to understanding the worlds-big and small-in which we live.

Learn More
Featured Faculty: Aren Gerdon

Professor Aren Gerdon is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emmanuel College. He leads his own chemistry research group, focusing on biomaterials, and works closely with other research groups across campus. Professor Gerdon is passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of chemistry with his students, guiding them from class work to practical, real-world lab experiments.

Learn More
Featured Faculty: Petros Vamvakas

Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.

Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More

Let's Get Started.

Emmanuel is a place where students broaden their sense of what’s possible and prepare for inspiring careers in an ever-changing world. Be here.