PROGRAM 2: JULY 8TH-21ST, 2018

Tuition: $2700 (€2253)

Registration deadline: see "tuition & registration" page

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. However, adults can also register and, if they wish, they can skip grade-determining work such as written assignments or in-class exams.

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. 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. 





Effective screenwriting requires an understanding of story structure and an ability to shape character, theme, tone, and incident to dramatic effect.  For the director, screenwriting provides an opportunity to start anticipating the specific needs and dynamics of production, especially for casting, locations, design, cinematography, scene blocking, and more. A film director takes the screenplay as a starting point for understanding complex characters and relationship dynamics.  Story is about character.  And character is action. A director uses a script as a blueprint for the production where they work to enlarge upon the script, to tell an original story by creating conditions that facilitate each of his collaborators’ best work.  Through these interactions with actors, the cinematographer, producers, production designer, and key set personnel, the director works to draw everyone’s creative work into a unified and expressive whole. This is a screenwriting class — so students interested in screenwriting should enroll.  But the class will also include consideration of screenwriting from a director’s unique point of view. Students who do not wish to direct will do fine — and simply gain additional perspective on the director’s role.  Daily classes will include writing exercises, discussion, and the study of screenplays and films for pictures including Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Patty Jenkins’ Monster, Jason Reitman’s Juno, Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, and others. This course is appropriate for students who like creative writing, film studies, theater studies, acting, English — and/or students who enjoy writing imaginative stories and characters.

* Prof. Craven's course had to be moved from Program III to Program II due to conflicts in his schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.




Jay Craven is a screenwriting and film directing professor at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.  He has written, directed and produced eight narrative feature films including Where the Rivers Flow North (with Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, and Michael J. Fox), A Stranger in the Kingdom (w/ Ernie Hudson, David Lansbury, and Martin Sheen), Disappearances (with Kris Kristofferson, Genevieve Bujold), Northern Borders (w/ Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold), and Peter and John (w/ Jacqueline Bisset, Diane Guerrero, Christian Coulson). Craven’s films have played in fifty-three countries, with festivals and special screenings at Sundance, South By Southwest, AFI Fest, Vienna, Avignon, Vancouver, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, Cinematheque Francaise, Le Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, and many others.  Awards include The Producers Guild of America NOVA Award for Most Promising Filmmaker of the Year, the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, two New England Emmy Awards, and two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Film Production Grants.  His first feature film was selected as a finalist for Critics Week at the Cannes International Film Festival.  Craven and his films also received the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces recognition. Craven also founded and directed the biennial Movies from Marlboro program where 24 professionals mentor and collaborate with 32 students from more than a dozen colleges, to develop and produce an ambitious feature film for national release.  Craven led the Marlboro College film studies program (1998-2017) before moving to Sarah Lawrence College, where his film intensive program is scheduled to resume during the 2018-19 school year.       

Jay Craven talks about Disappearances, one of his signature films.



What our universe is made of? What is the structure of matter? To answer these questions, physicists, using more and more powerful accelerators, probe the infinitesimally small and study the structure of matter down to its tiniest constituents as well as their interactions. Today, this knowledge is summarized by the so-called “Standard Model” theory, which was validated, again, with the recent discovery at CERN of the last missing piece, the Higgs boson, and which led to the award of the 2013 Nobel prize. While research continues to improve the measurement of its properties, complementary experiments at CERN are studying the observed asymmetry of matter and antimatter as well as details of the transition of the primordial type of the Big Bang matter to the current structures of the universe. Colliding nuclei as heavy as lead at ultra-relativistic energies scientists recreate at the laboratory such a state of matter and study its properties and evolution. This course will provide the opportunity to follow up these advances and explore the frontiers of knowledge, guided by overview lectures animated by films, virtual reality, video connections at CERN as well as hands-on experience with the analysis of real data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. Focusing on the physics of strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions, it is accessible to non-experts that wish to become acquainted with the current state-of-the art research experiments, methods and results. The aim is to motivate interest for fundamental physics research and encourage participants to pursue deeper knowledge. It will also respond to the usual question “why is fundamental research useful” and will highlighting some spinoffs with important consequences to society.





Foka is a senior researcher conducting physics studies and experiments at CERN, the world’s leading particle physics research laboratory which is based in Switzerland and aims at unraveling the mysteries of our universe and understanding fundamental laws of nature. She was delegated in her current position by GSI, her home institution, a physics research institute in Germany where she holds a permanent position since 2000. Her career also included a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Geneva as well as a Marie Curie fellowship in Frankfurt. Her research is focused on the studies of a primordial state of matter which, according to current theoretical knowledge, must have existed shortly after the Big Bang. This matter has been created in energetic particle collisions in powerful accelerators at CERN. Her PhD, mentored by one of the founders in this field of physics back in the early 80s, had a large impact as her results revealed first indications of an important predicted signature of such a state of matter, called quark-gluon plasma. Foka has organized a number of seminars, international interdisciplinary conferences, and workshops. She has a long list of publications in peer-reviewed physics journals spanning from experiments articles and reports to reviews, and she is the editor of several volumes of conference proceedings. She has been honored with an invitation to be one out of fifty contributors to the special CERN edition commemorating its 50th anniversary. Foka is conscious of the need to enhance awareness of benefits to society  from fundamental research which is her current focus.


Efficient computational processing power propelled Deep Learning and Big Data, a very popular and rapidly growing field of research. Big Data refers to the exponential growth and wide availability of digital data which are extremely difficult to be managed, processed and analyzed using traditional software tools and technologies. Digital data exhibits astonishing growth rates, leading to a dramatic paradigm shift in our scientific and technical research towards data-driven discovery. Deep learning refers to machine learning techniques which use supervised and/or unsupervised strategies to automatically learn hierarchical representations in deep architectures for classification. It mimics bionspired principles like human brain mechanisms for processing of natural signals. As result, it has attracted much attention from the academic and technical community in recent years due to its state-of-the-art performance in many research domains such as bioinformatics, autonomous driving, drones, speech recognition, computer vision, financial markets such as credit card services, insurance, and risk management. Companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, which collect and analyze massive amounts of data on a daily basis, have significantly benefited from developments in this field. The core of this course will address how Big Data Analytics and Deep Learning can benefit several businesses in terms of predictive analysis and classification, cost efficiency, faster decision making, new products and services, and risk management. Applications from different industry segments will be introduced, analyzed and discussed.




Giakos is Chair and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Manhattan College, NY. In addition, he is the Director of the Graduate Program. Prior to joining Manhattan College, he was a professor at the University of Akron. His research is articulated in technology innovation in the areas of integrated photonics and computational techniques to imaging and sensing. Giakos invented the multiatomic-number, multidensity, and digital radiographic imaging detectors operating on hybrid detection principles. In addition, he introduced novel optical multifusion polarimetric detection principles for efficient target recognition and discrimination which find applications in the defense and medical fields. His breakthrough inventions have been rewarded with 16 US and international Patent Awards. He has published in more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award from the Office of Naval Research. He received numerous awards and contracts and promoted collaborations with the Department of the Air Force, NASA, National Academy of Sciences, Lockheed Martin, Philips, and Naval Research Laboratory, among others. He is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering (IJSISE) and an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Fellow based on his "Contributions to Efficient Imaging Devices, Systems and Techniques." He has been recognized for "his leadership efforts in advancing the professional goals of IEEE" by receiving the 2014 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award.  



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.


With the maturation of mobile and smart media technologies and the rapid growth of data-driven and algorithm-based marketing, marketers need to know more about the technologies and how they impact message designs and campaign strategies. Digital technologies provide businesses a broad scope of marketing practices. This course examines the impact of digital media on advertising, marketing, and consumer behavior. It aims to give the participants an understanding of the critical role of digital media as the delivery channels of marketing communication. It will examine the impact of the digital revolution in marketing and the rise of the marketing technology industry. The material will be illustrated through interaction with the instructor and other students in the course as well as the content of the material covered during the lecture. The content of this class will be organized around the defining features of today’s new media technologies, namely “smart,” “social,” and “mobile.” Topics include programmatic advertising, data-driven marketing, content marketing, native advertising, interactive out-of-home displays, augmented reality, and virtual reality.  





Dr. Mike Yao is Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Sandage Department of Advertising and the Institute of Communications Research as well as an affiliate researcher of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign. He has also been named a Specially-Appointed Research Fellow at the Shanghai Institute of Computing Technology.  He teaches courses on a variety of interdisciplinary topics such as media psychology, computational advertising, and digital marketing. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, a flagship journal in the field of communication science. His research focuses on technology-mediated social behavior and computer-mediated human communication. His interdisciplinary work spans across psychology, communication, information science, advertising, and marketing. Dr. Yao has a strong international background with a deep understanding of the media markets and consumer cultures in Asia and the U.S. Before joining the University of Illinois, Dr. Yao taught at the City University of Hong Kong, a top-ranked university in Asia, for over nine years. He was the director of the BA in Strategic Communication program and worked closely with many advertising, PR, and marketing partners in Greater China.