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Nostalgia, or Home with my Marines

Like so many English words, nostalgia has its roots in Greek. Νόστος, nostos, a word used by Homer, means homecoming and… More

Jan Sanders Regional Director of Mediterranean Programs

Nostalgia, or Home with my Marines

Jan Sanders November 22, 2017

Like so many English words, nostalgia has its roots in Greek. Νόστος, nostos, a word used by Homer, means homecoming and ἄλγος, algos, is a psychological pain or an ache. Put these together and you get nostalgia, that bittersweet feeling of longing… More

Our Little Barnabas Square

Jan Sanders October 18, 2017

Pagrati, the Athenian neighborhood where the Athens Center is located, is full of important people. Our Center is on the street of Embedokles, a well-known (if you lived in the 5th century b.c.e.) Pythagorean philosopher. I live on the corner of the street… More

Picturing Athens: the ever-present light

Jan Sanders October 12, 2017

In the Picturing Athens class, students use the photographic lens to create and curate their own stories of Athens. Each week is marked by a photographic theme chosen by the students. This week’s theme grew out of our focus on noticing details in the… More

Cops and Robbers

Jan Sanders August 27, 2017

Police are not always the most popular people and this is as true in Greece as it is anywhere. So, when I foolishly neglected to pay my car insurance and was found out by the police, I was not really looking forward to dealing with the fallout. This no-insurance… More

Sidewalk marchers or a lesson in protest

Jan Sanders January 22, 2017

The Athens version of yesterday’s Women’s March on Washington was, like so many of the international marches, organized by American ex-pats and Greek-American women. It was not as enormous as the London or Berlin marchers, nor did it locate itself in… More

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