CYA News

October 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || September 29, 2020


CYA is delighted to invite you to our next Virtual Lecture this Thursday, 29 October 2020, at 12 p.m. (EDT) / 6 p.m.



Our speaker, CYA Professor and field archaeologist, Hüseyin Çınar Öztürk, will introduce the most recent digital and computational methods in archaeological fieldwork documentation.



HÇÖ will explore the potential of new technologies and breakthroughs in archaeological documentation and the pitfalls they create. He hopes to demonstrate that although it is imperative to understand the importance of the rapidly-developing field of digital archaeology, it is no panacea: fieldwork experience and painstaking library research are still the backbones of this practice. This lecture will also feature many photos of goats and tired field archaeologists.


Facilitating the discussion will be former CYA Trustee and CYA alumnus Samuel Holzman, the Digital Archaeology Associate at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, an archaeologist specializing in ancient Greek architecture.



To participate in this live discussion, please register on Zoom today.






Please note: This particular lecture can only be viewed by registering via the zoom link.  It will not be on Facebook live nor will a recording be sent at a later date.


Guest Speaker:


Hüseyin Çınar Öztürk

CYA Professor & Field Archaeologist


Hüseyin Çınar Öztürk is currently completing his Ph.D in Aegean Prehistory at the University of Cincinnati. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Istanbul University, and worked at excavations and surveys both in Greece and Turkey since 1998, including Ainos, Perge, Herakleia, Dorati, Korphos-Kalamianos, and Palace of Nestor.


He currently documents architectural features for Small Cycladic Islands Project and tries to decipher prehistoric stratification at Gourimadi excavations.


His research concentrates on issues of identity, the spread of Mycenaean material culture, migration and mobility in antiquity, digital archaeology, Linear B and Mycenaean religion, ancient DNA, and linguistics.





Samuel Holzman

CYA Former Trustee & CYA Alumnus


Dr. Samuel Holzman is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Greek architecture, who has also published on subjects including music and textiles in antiquity.  He is the Digital Archaeology Associate at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


He received his BA from Brown University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  Sam first traveled to Greece to attend CYA, where he studied archaeological drawing.


He has been a student ('10), teacher, and trustee at College Year in Athens.

September 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || September 16, 2020

CYA's Virtual Lectures Series is delighted to kick-start this fall season with another enticing lecture.  This upcoming Wednesday 16 September 2020, at 12 p.m. (EDT) / 7 p.m. (Athens), CYA invites you to virtually attend a lecture on Democracy in ancient Athens with guest speaker CYA Trustee Emeritus, Prof. John McK.

Camp II, Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


Dr. Camp will review ancient Athenian democracy, as we understand it from the agora excavations, and compare it with modern versions, including a consideration of what could usefully be re-instituted from antiquity.


Facilitating the discussion will be John Karavas, professor of Archaeology, who teaches the CYA courses: Sports, Games & Spectacles in Graeco-Roman World; Ancient Macedon to Death of Alexander the Great; To the Strongest: The Ancient Near East from the Death of Alexander to the Coming of Rome; and CYA's three-week intensive field course Excavations at Aixonidai Halai: Voula Field School.





John McK. Camp II

Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations at the

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

& CYA Trustee Emeritus


John McK. Camp II is the Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College, and Trustee Emeritus at College Year in Athens.  


Dr. Camp is regarded as the foremost expert on the topography of Athens and Attica and has worked in the Athenian Agora since 1966, first as an excavator, later as assistant director, and now as the director, which he became in 1994.  He has received many awards and honors for his work, has taught and lectured throughout the United States and the world, and was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 1985-1996 and continues to teach there.


Dr. Camp holds an A.B. in Classics from Harvard University (1968) and an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University.


John Karavas

CYA Professor of Archaeology


A graduate of Oxford and Durham's Universities, John Karavas' primary areas of interest lie in Hellenistic and Roman History, Greek and Roman provincial archaeology (with a particular interest in Roman frontiers) well as ancient warfare. He has been associated with various research groups and institutes both in the U.K. and in Eastern Europe. 


Over the years, he has participated in many excavations in Serbia, Romania, and Greece. He is currently the Director of excavations at Halmyris, a Greek/Roman/Byzantine military and urban site on the Danube Delta in Romania. As of 2021, he will also be conducting excavations on Gratiana, a late Roman fort located in Romania.  John Karavas has taught at CYA since 2003.





July 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || July 22, 2020

CYA is delighted to invite you to another CYA Virtual Lecture this upcoming Wednesday, 22 July 2020, at 12 pm (EDT) / 7 pm (Athens).    

CYA's Virtual Lecture Series guest speaker, CYA Advisor Michael Herzfeld, the Ernest E.

Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, will present: 


The speaker, who has conducted extensive fieldwork in Greece (mostly on Crete) as well as in Italy and Thailand, will address the importance of knowing village life as a basis for understanding Greek cultural attitudes even in the most sophisticated urban contexts today. He will particularly show how his work in the rather extreme context of a mountain community can clarify some of the attitudes and strengths that are very much part of Greek cultural reactions to today's crises, including solidarity in the face of austerity and external financial pressures, the fight against corruption and mismanagement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more generally the erosion that commercialization and globalization have wrought in ordinary social relations.


Facilitating the discussion will be Aimee Placas, professor of Anthropology, who teaches the CYA courses Anthropology of the City: Exploring Modern Athens; The Culture of Modern Greece: The Ethnography of a Society in Transition; Gender and Sexuality in Modern Greek Culture; Solidarity, Social Movements, and the Fight for Justice and Change in Greece: A Service Learning Approach.


Michael Herzfeld

Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences,

Department of Anthropology, Harvard University


Member of the CYA Board of Advisors


Michael Herzfeld was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology, 1969), Athens (non-degree program in Greek Folklore, 1969-70), Birmingham (M.A., Modern Greek Studies, 1972; D.Litt., 1989); and Oxford (Social Anthropology, D.Phil., 1976).

His D.Litt. was awarded for a series of publications, including books and articles, that have set out his understanding of the processes at work in cultural identity construction in modern Greece. His most recent books include:

Ours Once More: Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece (new, expanded edition, 2020)

Life among Urban Planners: Practice, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City. Co-edited with Jennifer Mack.

Research Interests include Social theory, history of Anthropology, social poetics, politics of history; Europe (especially Greece & Italy), and Thailand. His current research activity includes completion of a book and a film about historic conservation and eviction in Bangkok and planned new research on Italian-Chinese interactions in Rome and on the profession of town planning in Italy and elsewhere. 
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Aimee Placas

CYA Professor of Anthropology


Aimee Placas holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University. She has presented and published on issues related to the anthropology of money, consumer credit, consumption, kinship, and gender and sexuality.

She has recently co-edited the volume Living Under Austerity: Greek Society in Crisis published by Berghahn Press, and has forthcoming pieces related to the impact of financialization processes on Greek households, as well as on ethical and pedagogical issues related to teaching anthropology in a study-abroad context.



CYA Virtual Lecture Series || July 15, 2020

This Wednesday 15 July 2020, at 12 pm (EDT) / 7 pm (Athens) our virtual lecture series will host CYA trustee, Christine Kondoleon, Chair of the George D.

and Margo Behrakis Art of Ancient Greece and Rome at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and CYA alumna, Phoebe Segal (CYA '98), the Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. They will take us on a virtual tour and commentary on a selection of significant works of Greek art in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Join us for a live CYA Virtual Lecture on

"Exploring themes of Greek Art
in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston"


Facilitating the discussion will be Athena Hadji, author, curator, academic, and CYA professor who teaches the course The Art and Craft of Curating: Making Sense of Art in the 21st Century.


Christine Kondoleon is currently directing the roll-out of eleven new galleries at the world renown Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) as part of the master plan to reinterpret the MFA's collection.

She is an experienced curator of award winning exhibitions including Games for the Gods, Aphrodite and the God's of Love; forthcoming is the ground breaking Cy Twombly: Making Past Present. She served as Curator of Ancient Art at the Worcester Art Museum where she organized the Antioch: The Lost Ancient City Exhibition. She served as an Associate Professor of Art at Williams College, Chair of the Department and Acting Director of Clark Art Institute Graduate Program. She was an invited Resident at the American Academy in Rome, and Visiting Professor at Tufts University and Harvard where she received her PhD.


Phoebe Segal is the Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has excavated in Greece, Italy and Cyprus and at the MFA has curated numerous new galleries– Daily Life in Ancient Greece, Homer and the Epics, and Ancient Coins – as well as the special exhibitions, “I must tell you what I saw’: Objects of Witness and Resistance.”

Phoebe began her decade-long career at the MFA as Curatorial Research Associate for Aphrodite and the Gods of Love, which toured internationally (Nagoya, Japan) and domestically (Malibu, San Antonio, Tulsa). She received her PhD from Columbia University where her dissertation, Soaring Votives: Anathemata in Archaic Greek Sanctuaries, focused on the display of votive statues above eye level and the creation of a zone of liminal images mediating the relationship between humans and the divine. She is currently working on a new gallery devoted to Early Greek Art and a special exhibition focusing on race and ethnicity in ancient Greek and Roman art.


Athena Hadji is an academic, curator and author. She holds a Ph.D. in archaeology, anthropology and art history by The University of California Berkeley. Her work encompasses a wide range of theoretical approaches and media.

 She has lectured and published extensively on prehistoric Aegean sculpture, contemporary street art, urban crisis and its manifestations, receptions of antiquity and the Arcadian ideal, early travelers in Greece, early 20th century trade in antiquities, and idealized versions of the past in cultural heritage management.  She has received numerous awards and distinctions as a scholar from, among others, the Fulbright and Onassis Foundations. As a curator she taught at the Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar at Kenyon College.

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || July 8, 2020

Travelers have been visiting Athens to see its antiquities since the 15th century.

On Wednesday 8 July 2020, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m. (Athens), CYA's Virtual Lecture Series guest speaker, CYA professor Robert K.

Pitt, will investigate a number of early travelers to understand why and how they came to the city and will explore how travel literature came to change and direct the experiences of visitors up to the 20th century. 


Facilitating the discussion will be Christine Harrison, who teaches the CYA course Becoming a Traveler: Writing on Greece.

To participate in this live discussion, please register on Zoom today. Or you may tune in on our Facebook Live event on the day and time of the event.


Robert K. Pitt

Greek historian and epigraphist

CYA professor


Robert Pitt is a Greek historian and epigraphist of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, whose research interests include the Athenian Empire, Athenian Topography, and the financing and administration of public building projects in the Greek world.


His latest research includes a new corpus of the Athenian funerary monuments of the British Museum, as well as a series of publications on early travelers to Greece whose archival papers he has been working on are at the British Library.  As a site epigraphist, he has worked on excavations in Greece, Turkey and Albania.


Robert Pitt joined CYA in 2014 following seven years as Assistant Director of the British School at Athens.

Christine Harrison

CYA professor


Christine Harrison holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK) on contemporary literary representations of the early modern period. 


Her current research interests center on representations of space and place in contemporary fiction and literary non-fiction, uses of the past in contemporary debates on gender and ethnicity, rewritings of medieval and early modern literature, and the role of onsite learning in higher education.


At CYA she is both a member of the faculty (Literature) and the Academic Skills Adviser. 


June 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || June 24, 2020

CYA’s Virtual Lecture Series is pleased to present a live presentation featuring CYA Trustee Michail Bletsas, Research Scientist & Director of Computing at MIT’s Media Lab.

Join us on Wednesday 24 June 2020, at 12 pm (EST) / 7 pm (Athens) for a  lecture-discussion on The Intersection of Technology and Politics in today’s reality.


2020 ended up being a very eventful year and we are barely halfway through it. As more and more people realize the role that technology plays in their lives, there seems to be a qualitative change of its intersection and interaction with politics. The largely parallel paths of the past seem to intersect and collide with an increasing frequency. Just another consequence of the general acceleration or an inflection point? 


To participate in this live discussion, please register on Zoom today. Or you may tune in on our Facebook Live event on the day and time of the event. 









Michail Bletsas

Director of Computing, MIT Media Lab

Member of the CYA Board of Trustees


Michail Bletsas is a Research Scientist and the Director of Computing at MIT's Media Lab where he has been working since 1996. He is responsible for all the infrastructure that the lab uses to produce, store, transport and consume its bits. He was a member of the core technical and design team for the “One Laptop Per Child” initiative which created OLPC's pioneering, award-winning "XO" laptop. His current research interests include network security, wireless networks and building efficient high performance machine learning computing infrastructures.


Over the years, he has advised governments around technology policy issues and provided expert opinion in technical matters to top-level officials. He has co-founded two companies, has been a director and consulted for many others in a variety of capacities.


He has implemented broadband access networks using cutting-edge technologies including one of the earliest ADSL testbeds and various wireless technologies.  Mr. Bletsas has been a frequent keynote speaker in international conferences and has been engaged in many civic activities.


He holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University.


CYA Statement

We reach out to share our thoughts as we have been following the recent turmoil in the US and in the world at large. You, our CYA family, friends, and partners, have been particularly on the mind of everyone here, faculty and administration.

We are sure that all of us, who believe in the value of study abroad and see the world from a different perspective, recognize that the experience of studying abroad makes us more empathetic to our fellow human beings.

And this is one of those historic moments where we see the need for that empathy and its necessity in furthering the struggle that every country faces for a more just society.

We at CYA had already been in a conversation about how we could do better on diversity issues, but these past weeks have really intensified this conversation. Our students need to feel safe, recognized, and included, and we at CYA want to better understand how social inequalities in the United States shape our students' experiences in Greece, and how they intersect with the kinds of inequalities we also have in our society here. We'll be seeking the input of our alumni, friends, and scholars on this topic, in an ongoing project to educate ourselves towards being the best institution we can be for our students, and to make whatever changes we need to in order meet that goal.

 We may be far away geographically right now but you should know that we are thinking about you all and that we are with you in spirit.

CYA Virtual Lecture Series

In our effort to stay connected with our community and engage with our students, alumni, friends, and partners, CYA is launching a series of virtual events and happenings.  Through a series of virtual activities, lectures, webinars, and cultural/historical walks in Athens, we will be able to interact in ways different from what we previously knew.

On June 10, 2020 07:00 PM Athens, we invite you to join us in attending, online, a discussion on Plague Crisis Management: From Pericles to Capodistrias.

Register in advance for this meeting here


Our speakers, Professor at CYA and Professor Emerita of Classics & Mediterranean Studies at the University of Illinois, Prof. Nanno Marinatos, and CYA Trustee Emeritus and Professor of Political History Emeritus at the University of Athens, Prof. Thanos Veremis, will discuss the handling of contagious illnesses in Athens from the Pericles era in 439BC to Greece's War of Independence and Capodistria's leadership.  The moderator of the discussion will be CYA Professor of Sociology, Rosa Vasilaki, and CYA’s President, Alexis Phylactopoulos, will introduce the session.

July 2019

CYA Job Posting - Administrative Support Coordinator

College Year in Athens (CYA) seeks an Administrative Support Coordinator to join our U.S.-based team in Cambridge, MA. The Coordinator provides general administrative support for our recruitment, student and campus relations, finance, and alumni relations teams.

The Coordinator will work closely with the administrators in a small office environment and gain valuable experience across the education abroad and higher education fields.

CYA seeks an enthusiastic employee with initiative, a can-do attitude, and great organizational skills. Our ideal candidate is efficient, detail-oriented, and has previous office and/or customer service experience. Interest or experience in higher education or study abroad is a plus; the role is a great entry into the Education Abroad field. Please note you must have the right to work in the United States to be eligible for this position.

The position is part-time with a target start date of late August 2019. To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and contact information for two references to [email protected] as soon as possible. Interviews will continue until the position is filled.

CYA is a non-profit educational institution that offers semester, academic year, and summer study abroad programs in Greece. CYA also acts as a provider for faculty-led programs. Established in 1962, CYA was the first study-abroad program in Greece for English-speaking undergraduates. All programs are delivered in English.