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Experience Greece and Turkey with North Island College this spring

Limited public space is still available to North Island College’s In Search of the Trojan War Field School beginning May 16. - Photo submitted
Limited public space is still available to North Island College’s In Search of the Trojan War Field School beginning May 16.
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Immerse yourself in the culture and mythology of Greece and Turkey with North Island College (NIC) students and instructors in a one-of-a-kind travel opportunity.

The In Search of the Trojan War Field School features a May 16 - June 15, 2013 tour abroad. Limited public space is still available.

“It is possible, on a trip like this, to lose yourself in time,” said NIC anthropology instructor Jim Anderson, who joins English instructor Anne Cumming and history instructor Dan Hinman-Smith for the trip. “Past participants really transported themselves in time and experienced what it must have been like to be there.”

Tour the National Archeological Museum in Athens, discover Ithaca, wander the Peloponnesian palace remains at Mycenae and Pylos, stay at Helen’s Sparta, rest on the beaches of the island of Lesbos, stand on the plains of Troy itself; and explore the streets, bazaar and mosques of Istanbul.

The field school consists of three second-year courses in Travel Writing (English 216), Travels in Time (History 205), and Third Rock Archeology (Anthropology 293) and includes a series of pre-trip seminars.

Throughout the trip, you’ll also discover why the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote “We are all Greeks.”

From athletics, biology, philosophy, ethics, politics, and democracy to how we define the nature of good in society, Greek ideas profoundly shape modern traditions and permeate Western culture.

For more information, trip itineraries, and resources attend the free information session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in Tyee Hall, room 113 at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. You may also review NIC’s In Search of the Trojan War Field School information sheet on the NIC website at www.nic.bc.ca, where you will also find links to Dan Hinman-Smith’s detailed field school site and the In Search of the Trojan War Facebook page.  Interested participants should apply by completing the online NIC International Study Abroad Application and Self-Assessment and submitting it to the NICI office in Puntledge 108 on the Comox Valley campus. Pay your non-refundable $300 deposit at NIC’s Student Services Office. Total trip costs are estimated at $6,454 including tuition, flights, accommodations, in-country travel, and touring. Meals are not included. The field school application deadline is Jan. 28, when the next payment of $1,000 (plus $300 deposit) is due.  Student loans are available, contact a student advisor at 250-334-5000 or check Dan Hinman-Smith’s field school website for information on loan deferrals.  For more information, contact one of the instructors at Jim.Anderson@nic.bc.ca, Dan.Hinmansmith@nic.bc.ca, or Anne.Cumming@nic.bc.ca

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