About Our Trip

On July 18, 2016, seven students gathered in Athens guided by Professor Tom Papademetriou (Stockton University) to embark on a journey of culture, history, and literature.

The group of students includes undergrads from a variety of universities, including Hellenic College, Boston College, and Stockton University, as well as graduate students from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Harvard University, and McGill University. While the students are each at a different point in their education and have diverse experiences, they are taking the opportunity to learn from one another while working in the archives of the Centre of Asia Minor Studies in Athens.

They are engaging primary source material that delves into the biographies and daily lives of Orthodox Christian communities who eventually migrated to Greece pursuant to the Treaty of Lausanne’s 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey.  For the next four weeks, the students will work in the archives of the Center, reading and translating oral histories systematically captured via interviews with the refugees throughout the mid-20th century.

This seminar is made possible by The New York Life Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor, which under the administration of Hellenic College Holy Cross, provides funds to support teaching, conferences and publications focusing on Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor.

We hope you enjoying following our journey and learning about this important part of history!


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