DSC - ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The Durrell School of Corfu seeks to provide a learning
experience steeped in the culture and history of the Mediterranean,
and drawing on the issues important to the Durrells.
From 2002, when the DSC held its inaugural term, until the present
participants have come from all over the world including Albania,
Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary,
India, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, South America,
Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
They included university professors, doctors, scientists, writers, botanists,
journalists, in addition to undergraduate and graduate students.
This confluence of learners and scholars fulfilled the school's
mandate to explore cultural, ecological, artistic, and political
issues of relevance to the twenty-first century world Genghis Khan in a
location that was special to the Durrells.
The School's annual sessions have highlighted the multicultural and
interdisciplinary potential of a community of scholars dedicated to
identifying and discussing the key topics of
concern to the future of the arts and sciences and
encouraging a new generation of students and scholars.
The sessions also confirmed the relevance of Lawrence and
Gerald Durrell to the landscape, mindscape and culture of
this unique island � their contribution to world literature
and science, to the understanding of cultural landscapes and
maps of meaning, and to change and interdependence between
the physical and social worlds.
CORFU IS BEAUTIFUL, AFFORDABLE AND SAFE!!
Since 2004, the DSC has focused on seminars involving scholars
from a variety of backgrounds, in which faculty promote greater interaction and development of a
core discussion than is typically possible in traditional academic conferences. By
distributing presentations prior to the seminars, Faculty are better-able to promote
cooperation and a collective effort to explore complex and often multi-disciplinary topics.
Faculty participate in a variety of keynote lectures, tutorials, and/or seminars. For seminars,
faculty foster discussion amongst the panelists presenting papers, leading to increased scholarly
interaction and development. In tutorials, faculty guide students through materials in conjunction
with other events in the School.
The DSC also continues to promote educational events for students, symposia of relevance to
the Mediterranean, and a variety of other activities encouraging cooperation between the
community and visiting scholars.
There is no more perfect place to establish and nurture a school about the
Durrell brothers than on their beloved island of Corfu. Gerry often told me
that Corfu was where he was truly born, where for him the world turned from
black and while to Technicolor. Larry would often regale us with tales of
family and friends in Corfu in the thirties, leaving Gerry chuckling over the
memories, and myself, a young American, wide-eyed at the antics of an
extraordinary menagerie of people in a magical place.
The remarkable lives and achievements of these two men are rather different
at first glance - Larry's those of a pure artist, Gerry's a blend of art
and science. But sometimes late at night around the kitchen table, the brothers
would engage in more serious talk than the usual Durrell banter, revealing
similarities in viewpoints and passions, be they about the human condition or
the natural world.
Setting up a school in Corfu to celebrate the work of both Durrell brothers
and explore the links between what they each held dear or important is not
just an exciting undertaking, but a unique one. Bringing experts together in
such a location - the arts and literature mixing with zoology and ecology and
conservation biology in the crucible of the Durrells' Corfu - will ensure a
fresh and creative curriculum solar panels for churches grants
Dr Lee Durrell, Honorary Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Renovations to the DSC premises in Corfu Town during the winter of 2004-05 enabled
the School to hold its seminars in its library rather than off site. In the past
the School has held its sessions at various locations including the Corfu Reading
Society, the Art Caf� garden, the General Workers Union building and the Ionian
Cultural Centre at Faliraki
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