Reporting from the frontlines of history in Greece

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The haircut

By James Haynes

To learn valuable lessons about Greek culture, you can visit the Hellenic Republic’s many famous museums and archeological sites. Or, you can run some everyday errands.

With a mostly free day on Saturday, I had the time to get out into Athens and explore. One chore high on my list was to get a haircut. Since the voltage in my hotel room was too high for my clippers to work, I had to visit an Athens barber.


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About this project

Welcome to Borderland, a project of students in Princeton University’s first border-crossing global journalism seminar, “Reporting on the Frontlines in Greece.”

In June and July 2016,  students traveled to Athens and the island of Lesbos, notebooks and cameras in hand, to serve as eyewitnesses at a pivotal moment in world affairs. Their challenging assignment: Produce a compelling and rigorous first rough draft of history. Follow this site and #PrincetonGR in your social media, and join us on our journey along the border between  Europe and Asia, Christian and Muslim, modern and ancient, affluent and wanting. We call it the Borderland.

Overnight on March 15, 2016, this ship picked up several hundred refugees shortly after they launched from Turkish beaches under cloak of darkness, and delivered them safely to this dock on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Several hundred refugees launched westward under cloak of darkness from a Turkish beach on March 15, 2016. They were picked up by this ship before sunrise and delivered safely to this dock on the Greek island of Lesbos.


This seminar is co-sponsored by the Council of the Humanities, which is home to the Ferris Seminars in Journalism, and by the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Paul Sarbanes ’54 Fund for Hellenism and Public Service.

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