Columbia has launched a new spring semester study abroad program in Istanbul, building upon existing relationships with Boğaziçi University and the Columbia Global Center in Turkey. The program is anchored by two seminars, taught by Columbia Professors Martha Howell and Karen Van Dyck, that address the question of how, from the Middle Ages to the present, westerners have interpreted and incorporated features of Greek culture in Istanbul. The first course will explore the history of western Europeans’ relationship to Byzantine culture when Constantinople reigned as a cultural capital of Christendom; the second examines how the World has responded to Greece at the crossroads of East and West since the Fall of Constantinople with literature as its main lens for reading culture. For Columbia students, the first course counts as a seminar for the History major and the second fulfils a Global Core requirement. To help navigate their encounters in modern-day Istanbul, students will enroll in a Turkish language course and choose at least one elective course from various disciplines at Boğaziçi University. The program includes an orientation and field-trips which will help familiarize students with the academic culture and life in Istanbul. No prior knowledge of Turkish is required. Come learn more on Thursday, September 18th from 5-6 p.m. in 617B Hamilton: http://columbia.studioabroad.com/?go=IstanbulGlobalSeminar.