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Sailing the Mediterranean in the Age of Odysseus, with Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker

Istanbul to Athens Aboard Sea Cloud
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Sat, June 27, 2015 - Sun, July 05, 2015

Join Commonwealth Club study leaders Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and Steven Pinker, as we experience some of the most important sites from antiquity on an enchanting voyage along the coast of Turkey and through the Greek Isles on the legendary Sea Cloud. Also lecturing on board is Joan Aruz, Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Travel in the company of these experts and thought leaders, as we explore the land of Odysseus.

View the exquisite mosaics in Istanbul’s Byzantine Church of the Holy Savior in Chora before boarding the historic four-masted yacht Sea Cloud. Discover Sardis, capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, and sail to Samos, with its celebrated Temple of Hera. Anchor in the spectacular bay of Santorini and explore newly reopened Akrotiri. Sail south to Crete and explore the extraordinary sites of Minoan Knossos and Greek Eleutherna.

Optional Istanbul pre-trip and Athens post-trip extensions available.

Learn more about the understated elegance aboard the legendary Sea Cloud by viewing this video.


Study Leaders:

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is both a philosopher and novelist. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and is currently Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities, London, UK. She is the author of ten award-winning books, the latest of which is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. The recipient of numerous awards, both for her works of scholarship and her novels, in 1996 she received a MacArthur prize, popularly known as the “genius” award.  In 2011, she delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Yale University, which were published under the title The Ancient Quarrel: Philosophy and Literature.

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

Travel Cost: 

from $8,995, per person, based on double occupancy