Indomitable Greece: Travel, History, Culture, and Impact
Courses in Commemoration of 200 Years of Greek Independence
Hosting Organization: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver (OLLI at DU)
This couse will take place on Wednesdays from 3/31 to 5/19 8 weeks – Wed PM
Description: The goal of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge and information to help you unlock the mystery of the indomitable Greeks. We will listen to music, learn about food, and wine and appreciate the depth of Greek culture that became the cradle of western civilization. We will not ignore the downsides of Greece, but we will focus on the massive and lasting accomplishments that have stood the test of time. This includes art and architecture, the sciences, language, and government. We will learn about the places, the people, and the history of this fascinating and complex country. A few highlights: • Learn about the monuments, places and landscapes that draw out the fascinating history and beauty of mainland Greece and islands. • Learn how to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track • Gain an appreciation of Greek culture, food, wine, music, and dance • Respect the contributions Greek culture has made to science, medicine, government, philosophy, architecture, and humanity • Learn how Crete was at the center of Europe's first advanced civilization: the Minoans, • Understand and respect the strength of Greek spirit, culture and ideas that have survived and flourished despite so many challenges and, at times, occupying forces.
Instructor: Bruce Caughey
Instructor: Bruce Caughey has traveled, lived, and worked in more than 30 countries. Caughey has had a lifelong interest in Greece, and specifically the island of Crete. He lived there for a year, learning to speaking the language while writing and researching Crete: Off the Beaten track. He has returned to Greece repeatedly over the years to visit and explore diverse sites on the mainland and islands. In his education career, he served as the executive director of the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) during an 11-year tenure and more recently as the interim president and CEO of the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC). Caughey lives in Denver with his wife Tanya, is the proud father of two teachers and the co-author of bestselling guidebooks, including: Crete: Off the Beaten Track, The Colorado Guide (five editions) and Colorado’s Best (two editions) and many periodicals about travel, education, and current events. Library Journal called The Colorado Guide, “The most complete guide to Colorado in existence … recommended for all travel collections.”