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Study abroad program explores roots of conflict

January 22, 2010

An interdisciplinary program that recognizes the roots of conflict and steps for resolution is being offered as a first-time summer curriculum set in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

“Conflict Resolution in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey” is directed by professors Gary Grossman, Mirna Lattouf and Mary Jane Parmentier, faculty members with ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences. The study abroad program is geared toward all ASU students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the political, social, religious and ethnic issues that sustain conflict in the region.

A two-hour informational session for the study abroad program is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Jan. 28, at the Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 186, located at 976 S. Forest Mall, in Tempe.

“The people of this region have a shared history, which is profound,” Grossman said. “To understand why these people have a difficult time reconciling their interests is a window through to view conflict throughout the world.”

The course (six credits for undergraduate students, three credits for graduate students) takes place from June 1 to July 2, during which students will spend three weeks in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Students will have the opportunity to visit historical sites and interview various experts and government officials from each country. The program covers many majors, especially anthropology, international business, history, political science, global studies, religious studies, global technology and development and BIS.

The fee for the program is $2,810 and will include: ground, air and sea transportation between Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, lodging, course-related field trips and excursions, and some meals.

For more program details, updates and application procedures, please call (602) 496-0638 or visit