During Christopher DiCapua's journey to Greece last year he felt ill at ease because there was much about the language and customs he still didn't know. That trip enabled him to experience the same type of vulnerability many students feel in college classrooms.
DiCapua, an associate professor of Spanish and International Studies program supervisor at the College, shared reflections on this personal journey during the 12th Annual Lindback Lecture titled "From Vulnerability to Connection: A Personal Greek Odyssey."
"I left Greece with much improved proficiency in Greek and a better understanding of myself through a connection to my Greek ancestry that I did not have before,” he said. “I met family that I didn't know existed and gained a new and clearer understanding of Greek culture that I could not have imagined possible."
As the 2013 recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, DiCapua was invited to give a lecture March 19 to the entire College Family. The lecture is considered one of the academic highlights of the year. The Lindback Award winner is announced each year during Commencement, and winners are never told of the honor in advance.