On July 15, the 11th cycle of CHS Greece High School Summer Program (HSSP) was completed. This summer, after two years of distant online meetings, the program was held in situ and online. The group's in situ meetings were held at CHS Greece and the 1st Senior High School of Nafplio.
HSSP 2022 was organized in collaboration with the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and with the support of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. The Summer Program was coordinated by Harvard faculty: Nicolas Prevelakis (Harvard/CHS) Program Director, Tracey Rosen, and Don Tontiplaphol, Lecturers in Social Studies at Harvard. The teaching fellows and Harvard University students Jessie Bates, Evelyn Chen, Tosca Langbert, and Alexa Zinke, worked intensively with the participants for two and a half weeks while honing their own teaching skills ("teaching internship"). This year, the number of participants decreased compared to previous years due to the pandemic. We welcomed 15 high school students from senior high schools of the Argolis region and Western Attica, and from the Arsakeio Senior High School of Thessaloniki. It is worth noting that HSSP also welcomed the winning student at the Panhellenic Philosophical Essay Competition for high school students, which is organized by the Department of Philosophy, University of Patras, and supported by CHS Greece and the Panhellenic Association of Philologists. As of this summer, one HSSP position will be offered every year to the winner of the competition, who also serves as Greece's representative in the annual International Philosophy Olympiad.
The high school students worked intensively in an innovative learning environment, and participated in the program's educational activities as well as in several other fresh activities. Namely, they:
- participated in group activities and discussions organized and coordinated by the teaching fellows,
- discussed with the invited guest Pavlos Kontos, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, University of Patras,
- discussed with Apostolis Dimitropoulos, Secretary General of Higher Education at the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, who visited CHS Greece,
- were informed about studies in US higher education institutions by Nicholas Tourides, Educational Advisor and American Program Coordinator at the Fulbright Foundation in Greece,
- participated in volunteer tree planting in a municipal park, an activity organized by CHS Greece in collaboration with the Municipality of Nafplio and DOPPAT, in the presence of the Mayor of Nafplio, Dimitris Kostouros, with the aim to promote environmental awareness and community service,
- worked intensively in subgroups during the program's final days, developing small research projects which they presented at the closing HSSP event on July 15.
CHS Greece extends its warmest thanks to all persons and institutions who contributed to the successful completion of HSSP 2022, and is already planning ahead for next year.