Expedition to the ancient world will unveil wonders of the Mediterranean
March 31, 2015

Expedition to the ancient world will unveil wonders of the Mediterranean

Expedition to the ancient world will unveil wonders of the Mediterranean

Fresh on the heels of a successful community learning experience to Alaska in 2014, University Partnership Centre professor Dr. Trudy Bergere is now launching an expedition to the Ancient World.

This trip is aimed at members of the community – enrolment in a Georgian College program is not necessary. The scope of the adventure is wide open, but is aimed at helping make the wisdom of the ancient world relevant to today’s learners.

Participants will cross the Atlantic Ocean by cruise ship before landing in Europe, where they will spend about a week in a Tuscan villa. That’s followed by a cruise through the Greek Islands and Turkey before returning to Canada by air.

All told, the trip will last about 24 to 36 days – the needs and interests of the group will determine the exact date, duration, itinerary and learning activities. The trip will take place in 2016 or 2017, depending on the wishes of the participants.

“There are so many things we can do,” said Bergere. “We have the opportunity to visit such locations as Pompeii and Herculaneum, to talk about the history of the Crusades, or to explore the science behind Tuscan cuisine.”

Not only will this be a trip into the Mediterranean world, it will be an exploration into scientific, historical, political and cultural research.

Dr. Trudy Bergere, a professor with the University Partnership Centre, will lead the expedition along with Paul Baxter.

Dr. Trudy Bergere, a professor with the University Partnership Centre, will lead the expedition along with Paul Baxter.

Final details are being sorted out, but the adventure would cost in the range of $7,500 per person for travel, meals and accommodation and will include a maximum of 10 to 14 participants. This price is well below the cost of similar trips.

The learning and discussion activities will begin during the Atlantic crossing where participants will build a foundation of knowledge about the history, politics and science of the area of the world now known as Greece, Italy and Turkey. That foundation will be enriched by further exploration and discoveries in those countries.

Bergere expects participants will bring a wide range of backgrounds to the expedition.

“Regardless of academic credentials or background, everyone with an interest in learning is welcome,” she says. “The bonds that join all of us together are a common love of learning about the ancient world and an interest in knowing more about our place in that landscape.”

Curriculum leaders for the trip are Bergere and Paul Baxter, two award-winning university instructors. Baxter teaches in York University’s criminology program. He has diverse areas of expertise, including the history of ideas, philosophy, law, and restorative justice. He holds a BA and an MA and is completing a PhD in political studies.

Bergere, a published author, specializes in teaching science to non-science majors. She designs and implements curriculum that works for students who often hold different emotions about science as a school subject. She holds an M.Sc. in biochemistry and a PhD in curriculum studies.

For further information, call Bergere at 705.728.1968, ext. 5495, or email trudy.bergere@georgiancollege.ca.