The Program in Hellenic Studies provides students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of the language, literature, history, and politics of post-classical Greece. Through a wide range of courses, students are exposed to a polyphony of viewpoints which help them understand the historical and political experiences of Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Greece; the ways in which Greece has borne its several pasts and translated them into the modern era; and the distinguished literary and artistic traditions of a country that many regard as thebirthplace of Western civilization. One of the leading centers in the United States for the study of Hellenism, the Onassis Program includes a diverse faculty drawn from a variety of disciplines. The Program also sponsors numerous cultural and intellectual activities. The University's Bobst Library is home to two special endowed collections of Hellenic Studies: the Papamarkou Library of Byzantine and Medieval Greek Books, and the Vardinoyannis Library of Hellenic Civilization. Also, NYU in Athens gives students the opportunity to study in Greece during the summer.