Fall residency is over, the holidays are approaching, and it’s mighty quiet here in the MFA office. In this little moment of lull, I’m thinking of you all, my fellow and sister alums.
Nostos is the Greek word for homecoming, as in, returning home from a long journey. It can also mean “Welcome home”–a phrase we’ve all heard many times from Sena on the first day of residency. Nostos is the root word for “nostalgia.”
So consider this an invitation home, since home is where your tribe is, even if that’s in Greece. You’re invited to join the MFA tribe and Alumni Association director Terry Price (and me) on our exploration of Greek literature, art and culture.
We’ll be staying in Athens and on the island of Crete, June 24-July 6. Alums are included in all the residency activities: group meals, guided tours, visits to the Acropolis and the Palace of Knossos, and more. There are options for a day trip to Delphi and a sunset excursion to Cape Sounion, overlooking the Aegean Sea. With no lecture reports to fill out and no critiques to write up, you can choose to spend your days journaling in a taverna, sitting in on MFA lectures, hanging out poolside at our all-inclusive resort in Crete, or exploring the local sights with like-minded alums.
Did I mention there are no lecture reports?
I hope you’ll join us on this little adventure. For a day-by-day itinerary, pricing information (including a $200 alum discount), and comments from travelers on previous alumni trips, visit http://spalding.edu/academics/mfa-in-writing/mfa-alumni/ . Enrollment is open until Feb. 1.
Feel free to drop me a line if you have questions. I’m always, always happy to hear from you, and we’d love to have you as part of the fun!
Before we travel, I’m going to teach Sena how to say “Nostos.” Wait–what am I saying; I’m sure she already knows.