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.


Consider this.  Some 98% of five-year-old children score “genius level” on a standard creativity test.   At age 10, only 32% reach ‘genius’.  At age 15: 10%.  At age 30: 2%. Creativity-driven Apple has created more wealth (over $1 trillion) in 40 years than oil-based Exxon Mobil has in 90 years.   Why then society is destroying what may be its main resource – ideas? I believe most adults perceive that their creative juices have diminished since childhood.  But few of us know why, or how to remedy this. There is an internal paradox in creativity.  Generating ideas demands that we smash all constraints and employ soaring head-in-the-clouds imagination. Yet unless we have an orderly feet-on-the-ground process for doing so, we forego the second half of the definition of creativity: “novel” and “useful”. Creativity requires ideation, validation, and actuation. Each of these three steps employs a different mindset. This course begins with the proposition that “everyone can”, everyone can generate an endless stream of creative ideas.  The brain is a kind of muscle, it gets stronger with exercise.   In this 5-day course, I will offer participants a variety of components, that together can be assembled into a ‘personal creativity machine’ (PCM), a highly individualized process that produces a stream of highly creative ideas, ones that change your own world and possibly change the whole world. Like fingerprints, no two PCM’s are identical. Our 12 hours together will end with each participant constructing his or her PCM and turning it on, with no ‘off’ button.




Shlomo Maital is a retired professor (emeritus) at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.  For 20 years he taught summer courses on innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management.  After retiring, he became Academic Director of TIM-Technion Institute of Management and led leadership development workshops for about 1,000 managers from 200 companies, both global multinationals and startups.  He has published over a dozen books, on global risk and lately, on creativity.  He taught MBA students in many countries, including France, Germany, Canada, US, Israel, Singapore, and China.  His book in Mandarin, The Imagination Elevator, has sold well in China.  His four-course online Coursera specialization on startup entrepreneurship has some 20,000 students enrolled.  This course will be based in part on his new book, Dismantle! How to Deconstruct Your Mind and Build a Personal Creativity Machine - A Step-By-Step Guide to How to be More of What You Can Be (Harper Collins forthcoming 2018).


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.