PROGRAM 1: MAY 13TH-21ST, 2018

Tuition: $1662 (€1387)

Registration deadline: January 15th 2018

CREDITS: The courses of this program do not involve grade-determining work but those who wish to earn credits have to take the professor's prior approval and be prepared to complete course assignments.


Our May program is designed for those who wish to pursue some intellectual stimulation without subjecting themselves to the rigor of college coursework. As such it takes more the form of seminars and caters mainly to adult learners. Registered students will arrive in Kavala (Lucy hotel) on Sunday, May 13th. Lectures will start the next day and they will run through Friday, May 18th, each lecture lasting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day. During that week we will have the chance to take a ride along Kavala's coastline with sailboats. Friday afternoon we will depart for the island of Thassos where we will be staying at the gorgeous Alexandra Beach hotel (see Excursions page for a more detailed description of the itinerary in Thassos).  We will stay in Thassos until Sunday evening coming then back to Kavala and spending the last night once again at Lucy hotel prior to departing for the airport the next day.

This program has a relatively short duration in order to give the chance to those who wish to combine our program with excursions to other parts of Greece such as Athens, Crete, Mykonos or Santorini. May is an ideal month to visit the country since the temperatures are very pleasant, getting up to 25C (77F), and the number of tourists has not reached a peak level yet. 



the rise of POPULISM: from Chavez to trump

In the aftermath of Brexit and Trump’s election, populism has become the political concept of choice for pundits struggling to explain political developments to a bewildered global audience. However, it is not always clear what they mean by populism and how exactly they understand its relation to recent and older political phenomena. Is populism a concrete ideology, a style, a type of regime, or just a function of rhetoric? Is Trump a populist? And how does this explain his victory? Is populism a danger for democracy or merely one of its shadows? And how can both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump be populists, given their differences on so many levels? This course undertakes to answer these questions (and more) by disambiguating populism and explaining its relationship to democracy, electoral strategy, and economic policy. Participants will be acquainted with the intellectual history of the term and its origins in the 19th century US People’s Party, and learn methods to correctly identify the presence of populism in the behavior of contemporary political agents. Apart from the United States, the course will draw upon empirical manifestations of populism in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. No particular prior knowledge is required for enrollment, apart from a genuine interest in electoral politics and democratic theory.


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Paris Aslanidis, Ph.D., is a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and the Hellenic Studies Program at Yale University. He has studied in Greece, the UK, Italy, and Hungary, and holds two Bas (Engineering and Philosophy of Science) and two MAs (Games Design and Political Economy). His research activities are focused on the study of populism in social movements and political parties. In his writings, he explores the populist phenomenon from both qualitative and quantitative aspects and emphasizes approaches towards the quantification of populist discourse. His articles have been published in journals such as Political Studies, Sociological Forum, Mobilization: An International Quarterly, Democratization, and Quality & Quantity. His chapter on ‘‘Populism and Social Movements’’ is currently under publication in The Oxford Handbook of Populism.


In this course, we examine the challenges to American primacy in contemporary world politics, the debates on Unipolarity in International Relations, and the domestic constraints to American power in the world. The main purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the challenges to American global dominance, and debate potential solutions to such challenges. Some of the questions we ask are: How is American national interest defined today? What is the role of public opinion in US foreign policy? Can Presidents shape U.S. power abroad? Is America in decline? Will China or other great powers rise to balance American hegemony? The readings place an emphasis on the main scholarly debates on American power since 9/11, such as, debates on: terrorism and counterterrorism strategies, nuclear and environmental challenges, the expansion of international trade, and the scope of US engagement in world politics. Introductory knowledge of U.S. foreign policy would be beneficial for those interested in this course.



Sergio Imparato is a Lecturer in Social Science at Harvard Extension School, and an Associate and Head Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Department of Government. He also serves as the Course Administrator and Head Teaching Assistant for Michael Sandel’s course “Justice” at Harvard Extension School. Dr. Imparato’s research focuses on the development of policy ideas and traditions in American foreign relations, the ethics of executive power in advanced democracies, and issues of distributive justice in American and European politics. His first book, The Sovereign President, leadership and foreign policy in the Unipolar Era was published in Italian by Pisa University Press, and is currently under translation in English. In the past few years, Imparato presented his research at major International Political Science Conferences and at TEDX Vicenza, in Italy. While at Harvard, Imparato won a teaching award for every year he taught at Harvard College, and was chosen twice among the “Best 12 professors at Harvard” to give a lecture at “Harvard Lectures that Last”. He is a recipient of the Harvard Certificate of Distinction in Teaching and the Harvard Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Before joining Harvard, Imparato served as a parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament and as a political advisor in the Office of Cultural Affairs at the Province of Milan, in Italy.

For those who speak Italian, below is Sergio's presentation at the TEDx Vicenza.

design thinking for innovators

Design thinking is about identifying human-centered problems that you would like to solve. In this class, we will guide you through an end-to-end process for learning one of the most exciting new approaches to decision-making today. We will start with you – and ask you to assess your own mindset for innovation, and how you would lead others in creative tasks, and examine stories of design thinking at work. Then, we will focus on the process. To start, we will explore on how to craft and carry out a research plan that helps you answer the question “What is going on today?” You’ll learn how to gather and identify important insights about the needs and wants of others, and use this information to identify the attributes of an ideal solution. Along the way, we will practice a set of useful new tools that designers use like journey mapping, persona creation, and analyzing the job-to-be-done. Then, it is time to learn some new techniques for brainstorming in creative way to generate solutions to whatever challenge you face, and then to take those raw ideas and synthesize them into important concepts. Finally, you will learn to move from ideation to experimentation, and to lower the risk of innovation by placing small bets. Throughout our time together, we will be learning how to engage others and connect with them – whether they are family, or customers, or patients or students - on a human level, to get beyond what they say and observe what they do -and then turn these insights into novel and valuable ideas.


and randy salzman, independent author

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Jeanne M. Liedtka has been involved in the corporate strategy field for over 30 years. She is a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, where she teaches both MBAs and executives on the topics of strategy, innovation, organic growth and design thinking. Jeanne received her DBA in management policy from Boston University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Beginning her career as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, she has served as Associate Dean of the MBA Program at Darden, Executive Director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, and Chief Learning Officer at United Technologies Corporation. Jeanne’s books include: The Catalyst, How You Can Lead Extraordinary Growth (winner of the Business Week best innovation books of 2009), Designing for Growth: A design thinking tool kit for managers (winner of the 1800 CEO READ best management book of 2011), The Physics of Business Growth and Solving Business Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works and The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step-by-Step Project Guide. Her most recent book, Design for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector, was published in September.

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Randy Salzman, a long-time communications and creativity professor has been writing about, teaching and consulting on design since first working with Dr. Jeanne Liedtka on The Catalysts. With two other works on design sustainability, Salzman’s latest book – along with Dr. Liedtka and Daisy Azer – Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector out in early September 2017 was rated number one in Public Affairs Administration and Management by Amazon. Prior, Salzman taught at several small colleges, always being a “jack of all trades” in interpersonal and group communications, broadcasting, film, journalism, and advertising/public relations. Hence, he has a wide creativity repertoire based on factual reporting. Presently consulting and teaching in design thinking, his recent clients include Cisco, Net Impact, Langley Federal Credit Union, and The Washington State Community College System.


This course will consider Cavafy’s entire canon (comprised of 154 poems). Both those familiar with his poetry as well as those who will be reading him for the first time will be afforded an immersion into Cavafy’s distinctive world: his life, his craft, and his inimitable voice. It’s a voice whose depth and range register the fortunes and narratives of the entire Greek experience down the centuries. Instead of writing about Modern Greek history or even about the classical golden age of 5th century Athens, Cavafy risked offending (and did offend) contemporary Greek audiences by discovering his material in the peripheral and often unimportant periods of the Hellenistic Empires, of late antiquity, and of Byzantium; he also wrote candidly about homoerotic desire, which also outraged contemporary readers; and he violated poetic form by writing in free verse and inventing startling, modernist metrical arrangements. Special attention will be paid to his Hellenistic sources, his use of the modernist “mythical method,” and to the question of whether his craft can be transferred over to another language like English, which is syntactically so different from Greek. W.H. Auden famously wrote in a 1961 essay that his poetry, one of the most translated in modern times, carries “a tone of voice, a personal speech immediately recognizable as a poem by Cavafy; nobody else could possibly have written it.” The course will be taught based on original translations by the instructor but also others found online at The Official Website of the Cavafy Archive.



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Tryphonopoulos is the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Faculty of Graduate Studies and a Professor, Dept. of English & Creative Writing, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada. For the past thirty years, he has taught and researched in Anglo-American modernism with a focus on difficult modernist texts (especially long poems), often approaching them through the lenses of poetics, translation theory and practice, prosody and rhetoric, and editorial theory and textual criticism. His essays on Ezra Pound and other Anglo-American modernist poets have appeared in North American and European journals. He is the author, editor, co-editor, or translator of fifteen volumes, including The Celestial Tradition: A Study of Ezra Pound's "The Cantos"  (1992) and an annotated scholarly edition of H.D.’s Majic Ring (2009). His current projects include Approaches to Teaching Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose; a book on Constantine Cavafy’s language(s); a bilingual edition of Andreas Empeirikos’ surrealist collection Υψικάμινος (Blast Furnace); and Approaches to Teaching Constantine Cavafy’s Poetry.