Bulgaria: May 2012
(including N. Greece and Istanbul)
Bridging the Christian / Muslim Divide
Goals of the seminar…
- To understand Christian-Muslim relations in a different cultural context
- To better comprehend our North American cultural assumptions through dialogue with marginalized peoples in the Balkans
- To better appreciate multiple meanings and ethnical perspectives through deep listening
- To apply cross-cultural experience to work with minority groups – ideally Muslim immigrants – in our home communities
- Home-stay in a Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim) village
- Rila Monastery (Bulgaria) – The holiest Orthodox Christian site in the country, tucked away in the stunning Rila Mountains
- Plovdiv (Bulgaria) – Center of the 19th Century Bulgarian Renaissance and cultural capital of Bulgaria, with a prominent mosque and architecturally fascinating Old Town
- Kazanlak (Bulgaria) – Site of the annual Rose Valley Festival (the region produces the majority of the world’s rose oil, used in expensive perfumes and colognes), with traditional folk music
- Philippi (N. Greece) – Birthplace of European Christianity. Archeological site and museum.
- Istanbul (Turkey) – Former capital of the Ottoman Empire, and site of Hagia Sofia (Orthodox Church converted to a mosque) and the spectacular Süleymaniye Mosque. We will also visit a Bulgarian Orthodox church there.
Estimated Cost: $3600 (subject to change)
Seminar Leaders: Andrew White, Language & Literature, and Daria White
Course: CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science (3 SH)
- Routine – MMR, DTP, IPV or OPV
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Typhoid – oral or injectable at least 3 weeks before travel.
Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at the EMU Health Center by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.