May Term (formerly JTerm) is a two-week academic program in which students and teachers explore a diversity of innovative topics in great depth. Every day, we will highlight a few moments from May Term in our May Term Minute. For more updates, follow us on Instagram or Twitter.
May Term Day 6: Tuesday, May 28
Exploring Athens and Crete: Students spent the last few days visiting the Potter's village of Margarites and the small mountain village of Vafes. In Margarities, they learned about the techniques craftsman have used for thousands of years on Crete to make pottery and ceramics. In Vafes, students explored the old town section of Chania where they purchased food from the farmers market for dinner and explored the eclectic architecture in the city. we learned the history of the city of Vafes during the Ottoman rule. In 1821 many people were killed in a cave after a failed revolt. Each summer the towns people visit the cave to honor those who died. We cleaned the path and the memorial at the entrance of the cave.
Italy and Prague: Galileo's Footsteps It was another full day following Galileo's footsteps as the group visited the gothic Tyn Cathedral in Prague. The church (1385) has a dominant presence in the Old Town Square. The spectacular towers can be seen throughout Prague. Legend has it, the towers were an inspiration for the castle in the Walt Disney production of Sleeping Beauty. Students then headed to the Narodni Technicke Muzeum. The museum houses artifacts related to the Czech Republic's history of technology.
Power and Purpose of Community Organizations: Students visited Prevention Point Philadelphia today to discuss housing, legal services, health, and addiction. The organization's mission is to promote health, empowerment, and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty.
Sacred Spaces After visiting places of worship around the Philadelphia region the first week of May Term, students designing a Sacred Space for EA's campus are putting the finishing touches on their sketches, designs, and blueprints. Students will begin constructing their building, out of foam board, on Wednesday in preparation for their formal presentations on Thursday. EA alum and architect Sam Olshin '78 met with the class during week one. He will return for the presentations to provide feedback.
EA and the World Wars: Over the weekend, students volunteered to help the Belleau Wood Cemetery prepare for Memorial Day. Located south of the village of Belleau, France, this cemetery's flagpole and monument commemorate the valor of the 4th Marine Brigade of the U.S. Army's 2nd Division who captured this area in 1918.