PROGRAM 2: JULY 8TH-21ST, 2018

Tuition: $2700 (€2253)

Registration deadline: March 1st

CREDITS: 4 1/2 ECTS (3 US)


The courses of this program cater mainly to college students or those who are about to finish high school. They are designed to achieve academic rigor but also to allow students to enjoy the locale by permitting some of the grade-determining assignments to be completed within a few weeks after the program is over. 

Students will arrive at Lucy hotel in Kavala on Sunday, July 8th. Classes will begin the next day and will run through Friday with lectures lasting for 4 to 4 1/2 hours a day (including a break). On the following weekend (the 14th and 15th) students will have the chance to spend one day on their own while the second one will involve a day trip to the island of Thassos where we will explore by sea some of the most beautiful and remote beaches of the island. Our students will have the chance to jump from the boat to crystal-clear waters and explore the main town of the island before returning to Kavala in the evening. The lecture routine will be repeated during the second week of the program which will also include a ride with sailing boats along Kavala's coastline that will begin at 8pm, before the sunset, and end after 11pm. On Friday the 20th we will gather for a farewell dinner at a seafood tavern at the port of Kavala. Students will depart the next day. 





This course explores the theoretical and ethical issues surrounding the incorporation of foreigners into political communities. The focus is on the philosophical significance of the guest-host relationship in pluralist societies, and the rights of, and duties towards, foreigners in a global context. The course is divided into two sections. In the first section, we analyze theories of hospitality as considered by the Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions, Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. In the second section, we investigate hospitality from the perspective of applied ethics, with a focus on the debates over foreigners’ rights to political membership in liberal democracies. The readings place an emphasis on the scholarly debates on the philosophical and historical meaning of hospitality. Some of the questions we ask are: what does it mean to be hospitable according to Socrates and Plato? Is xenophobia ever justified and, if so, under what circumstances? Do states have a right to exclude foreigners from crossing their borders? Are there any universal rights of hospitality?



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.


This course examines travel practices and geographical knowledge as attested in the cultures of ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome. In an attempt to reconstruct, as much as possible, the ancient traveling experiences of voyagers who crossed the Mediterranean Sea, of caravan members who sweated on the sandy paths of Near Eastern deserts, or of explorers who dared distant lands to collect information about unknown cultures, we will engage in readings of a selected corpus of ancient sources which mainly comprises documentary and fictional travel accounts. Our own insight into these ancient sources will be then tested against current travel-related theories developed by famous experts in this field. In this way, we will be touching upon a number of intriguing questions about life in the ancient Mediterranean world, such as “how difficult was to travel in different parts of the ancient Mediterranean?”, “how were foreign travelers treated in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, or Roman Italy?”, or “to what extent did the contact with foreign cultures shape the native identities of ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans?”.


INSTRUCTOR: Nikolaos lazaridis, California state


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Lazaridis studied Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Oxford University. His doctoral dissertation, Wisdom in loose form: The language of proverbs in Egyptian and Greek collections of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, was published by Brill (2007). Prior to coming to CSU/Sacramento, where he is an associate professor, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen. He has co-edited the proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Egyptologists (2015) and he is the author of numerous articles on comparative ancient literature, ancient epigraphy, and Egyptian culture. He is currently preparing two monographs: “Let me have Your Majesty hear a marvel”: Aspects of narrative writing in ancient Egypt and North Kharga Oasis-Darb Ain Amur Survey, the latter as a co-author. In 2003 he joined the North Kharga Oasis Survey team, which explores ancient travel routes in Egypt’s Western Desert, and since 2007 he has become the team’s chief epigrapher. In 2014 he received the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities award for Scholarly Editions and Translations, and in 2015 he received CSU's award for research, scholarship, and creative activity.