CYA News

January 2021

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || January 27, 2021

 CYA is delighted to be back with yet another session of its Virtual Lecture Series. 


This Wednesday, 27 January 2021, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m. (Athens), guest speaker, Michael K.

Kellogg, founding and managing partner in the law firm of  Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick, P.P.L.C., and eloquent author of books on philosophy and the history of western thought, will discuss the much-debated critical battle of philosophy and poetry.

What Plato called “the ancient quarrel between poetry and philosophy” was a quarrel over primacy.  Which is most important to the city state: poetry or philosophy?  Which has the strongest claim to wisdom?   


We know where Plato came out because he would have banned most poets from his ideal Republic.  Our very term, philosophy, is a cognate of the Greek words, philia (which means love or friendship) and sophia (which means wisdom).  But just because philosophers purport to love wisdom doesn’t mean they have a special claim to it. 


Aristophanes contends that it is the poet’s job to safeguard the soul of the city-state and to lead men to wisdom and the good life.  He dismisses philosophy as, at best, “never-ending futile chatter / In a niggling senseless game.”  He condemns philosophy even as practiced by Socrates and Plato because their focus on what is true everywhere and for all people makes them indifferent to the local and temporal concerns of the city-state.  Poetry, by contrast, tethers us to, even as it transforms our understanding of, the present and thus make us both wiser and better citizens.


Plato devotes his most beautiful, intricate, and poetic work – the Symposium – to refuting Aristophanes and yet, in the end, reveals his own ambivalence.




Facilitating the discussion will be CYA’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, K. Chris Todd, a name partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick, P.P.L.C., and a good friend of Michael Kellogg.

To participate in this live discussion, Please register HERE 

G U E S T  S P E A K E R


Michael K. Kellogg

Founding and Managing Partner of Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick



Michael Kellogg is a founding partner and the managing partner of the law firm, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick.  He received degrees from Stanford University and Oxford University in philosophy before graduating magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1982.  


After clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Judge Malcolm Wilkey, and then on the United States Supreme Court for then-Associate Justice William Rehnquist, Mr. Kellogg served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, focusing on drugs and organized crime before joining the Solicitor General’s office.  His current practice is focused on appellate, regulatory, and antitrust issues.  He has briefed and argued 14 cases before the United States Supreme Court. 


He co-authored Federal Telecommunications Law and has authored one book on philosophy, The Questions We Never Stop Asking (2010), and five books on the history of western thought: The Greek Search for Wisdom (2012), The Roman Search for Wisdom (2014), The Wisdom of the Middle Ages (2016), The Wisdom of the Renaissance (2019), and The Wisdom of the Enlightenment (forthcoming 2021).



K. Chris Todd

Chairman, Board of Trustees, College Year in Athens



Κ. Chris Todd is a name partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick, P.P.L.C., specializing in litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He received degrees from Texas Tech University (B.A. 1969) and the University of Texas, School of Law (J.D. 1972) and attended Cambridge University, Darwin College (1973-1974).


Mr. Todd has been in the private practice of law for 30 years after serving as a federal prosecutor for over a decade. While a federal prosecutor, he was the Chief of the White House National Security Counsel team that conducted the criminal investigation of the cover-up during the Iran/Contra matter. Before that, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in New York City, where he prosecuted mobsters, drug dealers, and Wall Street fraudsters. 


For the past thirty years, Mr. Todd has served on the Board of Trustees of College Year in Athens, fifteen of which as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, where he has volunteered his time and resources to support CYA.


This institution is very fortunate to have him be a part of its governance and leadership, let alone for his selfless dedication to the school.

Virtual Infosession

 CYA Virtual Infosession: Flexibility, Adjustments, Lessons Learned at a time of Crisis.
Join CYA Senior Administration and 2020 Alumni for a live discussion on Wednesday 3 February 2021, 12 noon EST.

register for the Zoom Meeting

Join Our Team!

Social Media & Digital Content Intern


CYA is looking for a Social Media & Digital Content Intern to join our dynamic team. The ideal applicant will be a self-starter who is motivated, organized, and possesses strong knowledge of the digital media landscape.

Mainly, you’re entrepreneurial, always thinking outside of the box and ready to hit the ground running on day 1! 


Who You Are:


A current college student or recent graduate (social media, marketing, communication, or creative major preferred) Amazing at making “feeds” look and feel awesome across all platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Youtube, etc.) You posses an ability to develop content for a diverse audience, traditionally undergraduate college students  You have demonstrated copywriting ability, ideally in social context You have knowledge of Canva, Mailchimp,  & Photoshop preferred  You also have interest in study abroad, travel, or international education a plus 

What You’ll Do:


Content Creation: Assist in developing content calendars on a weekly and monthly basis. Includes curation of photos and videos for posts, as well as copywriting and editing. Engagement: Participate in ongoing conversation across multiple platforms, including answering questions and commenting/liking content to expand following and build brand loyalty. Content marketing Marketing analytics Social media marketing Digital marketing Community engagement Work remotely

What You’ll Receive:


This internship is a great opportunity to learn more about the international education landscape while building your professional portfolio. A few perks include:


2 week stay in one of CYA’s apartments in Athens, Greece (valid for 2 years after completion of internship) You’ll get to collaborate with our vibrant team both Stateside and in Greece, giving you international exposure and strengthening your CV Earn a warm recommendation letter to further consolidate your work experience, skills and achievements

Potential to join the CYA team in the future!


Time:  This is a part-time position Monday-Friday requiring 10 hours/week, 2 hours per day. Flexible hours available.



How to Apply?

Submit your resume 

Submit a short cover letter explaining why you think you should be selected for this internship and what you can bring to CYA's Media Team. 

A Portfolio or list of examples (with relevant links) to your personal writing/photography work, social media activity, and any pages that you currently manage. 

All application materials should be sent via email to: [email protected] with the subject ‘Social Media & Digital Content Intern Position’

Application deadline: January 22, 2021

Position start date: February 1, 2021



About CYA - CYA (College Year in Athens) is a non-profit educational institution that has been acting as a cultural and educational bridge between the U.S. and Greece for over half a century. We aim to help students become global citizens who understand and appreciate other cultures. Established in 1962, CYA was the first study abroad program in Greece for English-speaking undergraduates. We offer academically outstanding Semester, Academic Year, Summer and Winter study abroad programs as well as Gap Programs and VIrtual Internships,  that embrace the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, institutions, monuments, and landscapes of Greece and the Mediterranean.


December 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || December 16, 2020

 CYA is delighted to invite you to our next Virtual Lecture this Wednesday, 16 December 2020, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m. (Athens), our last session of 2020! 


Our speaker, Dionysis P.

Simopoulos, an astrophysicist, Director Emeritus of the Eugenides Planetarium in Athens, and an active spokesman for science education in Greece, will lecture on "Discovering the Universe" and what we have learned in our quest to uncover the cosmos's hidden secrets.

With the help of the various optical and radio telescopes on Earth's surface and our orbiting observatories in space, we try to capture the messages that come from all the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. At the same time, hundreds of spacecraft are investigating up close our solar system's countless objects, while thousands of artificial satellites orbiting the Earth offer us a trove of new information about the workings of our own planet. Back on the Earth, large and powerful particle accelerators, such as CERN and Fermilab, can penetrate deep inside the atom to reveal secrets from when our Universe was first born. In more recent years, large-scale physics experiments and special laboratories, such as LIGO in the US and VIRGO in Italy, have opened another new window to the Universe by studying the gravitational waves emanating from the mergers of neutron stars and black holes.


Facilitating the discussion will be former CYA Professor Catherine Vanderpool, an archaeologist and emeritus member of the board of the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, and a good friend both of CYA and Mr. Simopoulos.

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


Guest Speaker:


Dionysis P. Simopoulos


Director Emeritus of the Eugenides Planetarium, Athens, Greece


Born and raised in Patras, Dionysis P. Simopoulos studied communications and astronomy at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. His career began in the fall of 1967 where he served as Assistant Curator for Education and later as Planetarium Director of the Louisiana Arts and Science Center (USA). In 1973 he was invited to become the Planetarium Director of the Eugenides Foundation in Athens, Greece.


His combined talents of science knowledge and communication ability have allowed him to write and direct more than 500 half-hour network television science shows, 200 multi-media planetarium shows, while publishing hundreds of articles in Greek and in foreign magazines and newspapers. He has authored 31 popular astronomy books, and has given more than 600 lectures on science communication throughout Greece.


Simopoulos has served as President of the European Association for Astronomy Education (1994-2002), as a member of the Executive Council of the International Planetarium Society (1978-2008), and as Secretary General of the European and Mediterranean Planetarium Association (1976-2008). He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (U.K.) and the International Planetarium Society and a member of many other international scientific organizations.  In 1996 he was honored with the highest “IPS Service Award” of the International Planetarium Society for his contributions to International Astronomy Education, and in 2006 he was honored with the “Palmes Academiques” of the French Republic.


In 2012, the Union of Greek Physicists honored him as "the founder of the popularization of science in Greece," and in 2015 he received the Academy of Athens Award "for his overall contribution to the popularization and dissemination of Astronomy and Space Science in Greece." In 2018 he received the “Silver Phoenix” the highest honorary award of the Greek Scouts, for his "outstanding and distinguished services."




Catherine Vanderpool

Archaeologist - Former CYA Professor

Retired President of The Gennadius Library

of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece


While a graduate student at Columbia University, Cathy Vanderpool (Catherine de Grazia Vanderpool) came to Greece as an Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies in 1970. After completing her PhD in 1973, she settled permanently in Greece until 1986, raising a family, teaching for several years at College Year in Athens and at the Athens Center for Creative Arts; serving as Editor and Co-Publisher of the Athenian Magazine; writing, editing and producing special publications especially for the tourism industry in Greece.


After returning to the United States in 1986, she worked for the American School of Classical Studies in its U.S. office, where she served for many years as Executive Vice President and President of the Gennadius Library until her retirement.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Council on American Overseas Research Centers in Washington, D.C., including seven years as Chair. Currently Cathy is as an emeritus member of the Gennadius Library Board.


Cathy has written and lectured on Greece and Greek history, art, and archaeology for scholarly and lay audiences alike. Her current research interests focus on Greek and Roman sculpture, and she is working on several publications in connection with American School excavations in Ancient Corinth (Greece). She and her family divide their time between Princeton, New Jersey, and Greece.



November 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || November 19, 2020

CYA is delighted to invite you to our next Virtual Lecture on Thursday, 19 November 2020, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m. (Athens). 

Our speaker, Dr. Raphael Moissis, Chairman Emeritus of the CYA Board of Trustees and Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Studies (IOBE), will elaborate on the differences between official rhetoric and reality on the two basic pillars of European policy for Energy and Climate.


Moissis will discuss, namely, a) the Green Deal as an effective means for achieving prosperity for Europe and b) privatization of the electricity sector as a route towards lower household tariffs and competitiveness for European industries. He concludes proposing a set of measures additional to the ones presently prescribed that are needed in order for the Earth’s carbon cycle to arrive at a new stable equilibrium. 

 Facilitating the discussion will be CYA Trustee Ulysses Kyriacopoulos, a Greek businessman and successful entrepreneur who has led a family business in Industrial Minerals for 30 years and has served on many companies' boards in Greece and abroad.

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


Guest Speaker:


Raphael Moissis

Chairman Emeritus of the CYA Board of Trustees


Dr. Raphael Moissis is Chairman Emeritus of College Year in Athens and Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Studies (IOBE).  He studied Mechanical Engineering at UMIST in Manchester, England, where he received a First Class Honors B.Sc. and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained his Master and Doctor of Science degrees.


His professional career may be grouped under four general categories:

Academia with principal position as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T.

Private Sector serving, among several other positions, as Managing Director of Kelvinator Hellas S.A., Board Member of S&B Industrial Minerals, and Chairman of Alpha Beta Vassilopoulos S.A.

Public Sector as Deputy Governor of the Hellenic Industrial Development Bank (ΕΤΒΑ), Governor of the Public Power Corporation (DEI-ΔΕΗ), President of ATTIKO METRO S.A., President of the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA-ΔΕΠΑ) and Chairman of the National Energy Strategy Council.

Non-Profit Institutions including, among others, M.I.T. Club of Greece (Founding Chairman), Board of Directors of Athens College (Secretary and Treasurer), S.E.V.: Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (Exec. Com. Member), ALBA (Chairman), IOBE (Deputy Chairman and acting C.E.O.), Food Bank Foundation (Treasurer), College Year in Athens (Deputy Chairman) and Academy of Athens Energy Committee.

Dr. Moissis has published several articles of technical, economic, or general interest in Greek or foreign papers and journals, has written two books, edited another, and wrote articles in several.  In 1982 he was named Officer of the Legion of Honour by the President of the Republic of France and in 2008 Commander to the Order of the Crown of the Kingdom of Belgium.


He has two sons, both graduates of Athens College and M.I.T.




Ulysses Kyriacopoulos

CYA Trustee


Ulysses Kyriacopoulos is a Greek businessman and entrepreneur that has led a family business in Industrial Minerals for 30 years.  He studied Mining Engineering at Montanuniversitaet Leoben in Austria and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England.  He holds an M.B.A. from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France.


Currently a trustee of College Year in Athens and of the ALBA business school, he has also served on many boards of companies in Greece and abroad.  He is a member of the Board of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research and a member of the Board of Lamda Development S.A.; Member of the Board of IMERYS Group and A.S.K. Chemicals GmbH.


Mr. Kyriacopoulos has served as chairman of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (2000-2006), vice president of Business Europe (ex UNICE) and of Hellenic Exchanges Holdings S.A., president of the Board of Directors of the Greek National Opera (2006-2009), member of the General Council of the Bank of Greece (2002-2011) and chairman of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (2011 – 2014).


He is married to Nicole and has three children and three grandchildren.


October 2020

CYA Virtual Lecture Series || October 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.