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Sunday, June 6, 2010

GLOBAL GREECE: 2010 OXFORD MODULE SUMMER SEMINAR IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE


AMERICAN COLLEGE OF THESSALONIKI (ACT) AND SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN STUDIES AT OXFORD (SEESOX),ANNOUNCE THE 2010 OXFORD MODULE SUMMER SEMINAR IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE

Dr. Othon Anastasakis, of St. Anthony’s College, the University of Oxford, will teach European Politics, an advanced seminar on the politics of European integration since the end of the Cold War,at the American College of Thessaloniki this summer.

The course will cover the history of the European Union (EU) and its main institutions and policies,and will also examine the European Union’s expansion toward the post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

He will be joined by colleagues from St. Anthony’s who will deliver guest lecturers in the course.

Dr. Anastasakis is the Director of South East European Studies at Oxford.

He holds an MA in Comparative Politics and International Relations from Columbia University, New York, and a PhD in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics. His research interests include the EU’s eastern enlargement, transition and democratization in South East Europe, Greek foreign policy and the extreme right in Europe.

Mr. Antonis Kamaras, an Anatolia College Trustee and political and financial analyst, who was one of the catalysts behind this unique study abroad opportunity at ACT, describes this project and its significance for students in today’s world:

The American College of Thessaloniki, by virtue of its location in Thessaloniki, enjoys a privileged vantage point through which to examine South East Europe.

SEESOX, which belongs to St Anthony’s College, Oxford University’s graduate college specializing in international relations, is one of the two premierSouthern European research centers in Britain. As such, it has attracted very high caliber scholarship, on the region, from throughout the world.


The complementarities between SEESOX and ACT are very strong and this is the reason that has made me, as a Trustee of Anatolia, support their partnership.

This partnership has taken the form of the Oxford Module, which consists of courses designed and offered by SEESOX faculty at ACT’s campus.The Oxford Module, offered for the second year at ACT, gives an excellent opportunity to both students from the region and from the US andelsewhere to engage with major issues that drive the European project and its interaction with Southern Europe.

The importance of these themes has been underlined by Greece’s recent economic crisis, an event which is of regional, European and global consequence.

We live in an interconnected world, and what a better way for a young person, whether from Southern Europe or the united States, or for that matter fromany other place of the world, to explore the reality of that statement in Greece by attending the Oxford Module?

Scholarship aid is available for qualified students.

Eligibility criteria include: junior or senior standing; academic major in history, politics, international relations, or some related academic field; and good academic standing (GPA: 3.2).

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. David Wisner at drd@act.edu.

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