CYA News

April 2021

CYA Virtual Lecture Series II April 7, 2021

Vassilis Papakonstantinou, technology entrepreneur and co-founder and Vice-Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, will talk about Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, explaining the basics of these technologies and how they are expected to affect our society.

Artificial Intelligence, particularly machine learning, is exploding, creating tremendous opportunities across industries from health to mobility, education, security, food production, work, and more. Big data, the new oil, is fueling this explosion. Big data comes from various sources, including individuals going about their daily lives. Sharing our private data is a mixed blessing. It can create significant benefits but also raise privacy issues for the individual. Is it possible to have our cake and eat it too?

Vassilis Papakonstantinou will explore some key questions that will help frame the problem and the solutions during this webcast, such as the following:

• What is essentially AI, and what is the relationship with data?
• Why is sharing data important for efficient AI?
• How can we share our data selectively and maintain control over its use?
• What are the implications of that?

Facilitating the discussion will be CYA friend, Marina Hatsopoulos, entrepreneur and writer, Chairperson of the Board and investor in Levitronix Technologies, and member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece.

Join us Wednesday, 7 April 2021, at 12 p.m. (EDT) / 7 p.m. (Athens). 

March 2021

CYA Virtual Lecture Series II March 17, 2021

 The Consulate General of Greece in Boston and College Year in Athens are delighted to co-host a celebratory lecture commemorating the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence.


On Wednesday, 17 March 2021, at 12 p.m. (EDT) / 6 p.m. (Athens), guest speaker Dr.

Alexander Kitroeff, Professor of History at Haverford College and a Member of CYA’s Academic Advisory Roundtable, will discuss the American philhellenic movement during the Greek Revolution.


The wave of philhellenism that swept through the United States with the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821 included the establishment of “Greek committees” in Boston, New York and Philadelphia and the arrival of several American volunteers in Greece among whom was Bostonian Samuel Gridley Howe. What facilitated the emergence of philhellenism was the growing American fascination with Classical Greece that was expressed through the growth of Greek Revival architecture and an interest in Greece itself and the first visits there by Americans, Edward Everett from Massachusetts and Nicholas Biddle from Pennsylvania. What was also remarkable was the growing interest in the Greek struggle for freedom throughout the United States during the 1820s. This presentation offers an overall picture of the wide parameters of American philhellenism and explores the reasons for its depth and breadth during this period.


Please register below to receive your link to join. 


We hope you can join us for what will be a fascinating talk about the Greek Revolution and the friendship between the Greeks and Americans at the time. 


February 2021

CYA Virtual Lecture Series II March 3, 2021

 On the occasion of the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence, the Consulate General of Greece in Boston and College Year in Athens are delighted to co-host a celebratory lecture, under the auspices of the Embassy of Greece in Washington.


On Wednesday, 3 March 2021, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m. (Athens), guest speaker Mark Mazower, Ira D.

Wallach Professor of History at Columbia, along with discussant Nicolas Prevelakis, Assistant Director of Curricular Development at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University, will explore how our understanding of the Greek uprising has been changed by recent scholarship and ask what questions remain.

Revolution? War of Independence?  The question of what happened in the spring of 1821 and after was vigorously debated at the time and remains a lively subject of discussion today. Among the topics to be covered will be the role of the Filiki Etaireia, the importance of European diplomacy, and the emergence of public opinion as a factor in reshaping the continent. The interlocutors will also look at the value and drawbacks of focusing on heroes and the role played by religion and ethnicity. Please register below to receive your link to join.




We are honored to have Greece's Ambassador in the USA,

H.E. Alexandra Papadopoulou, introduce the lecture. 

CYA Virtual Lecture Series II February 10, 2021

Commemorating its founder, Ismene Phylactopoulou, CYA is delighted to be hosting a special lecture on Education Abroad. 


On Wednesday, 10 February 2021, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m.

(Athens), guest speaker Brian Whalen, Executive Director of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and among the most well-known and influential international education leaders, will give a brief history of education abroad and discuss where things are, and where things are going in the field.  

The Metamorphoses of Education Abroad


Education abroad has a long past but a relatively short history. Transformative educational journeys to foreign lands resonate deeply in many cultural and intellectual traditions. But only in the past 50 years has education abroad developed as an organized field of higher education.

What is important to know about the history of education abroad as an academic enterprise? 

How will the Covid-19 pandemic change this field? 

What will education abroad look like in the near and long-term future? 

This presentation will encourage sharing of experiences and discussion about what is widely acknowledged to be a high-impact educational practice.

Facilitating the discussion will be former CYA Professor Hal Haskell, a widely published scholar in North American and European journals and an expert in Greek and Latin language and literature and Aegean Bronze Age archaeology. 


To participate in this live discussion, please REGISTER HERE 


G U E S T  S P E A K E R


Brian Whalen

Executive Director of the American International

Recruitment Council (AIRC)


Brian Whalen is Executive Director of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC).  Among the most well-known and influential international education leaders, Brian was the President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad for a dozen years. He served as resident director in Italy for the University of Dallas and Boston University and was the Senior International Officer at both Marist College and Dickinson College. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Boston University, Brookhaven Community College, Dickinson College, Lesley University, University of Dallas, and the University at Albany. 


A widely published scholar, Brian was for 25 years the founding editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, the first peer-reviewed international education journal. His publications include commentaries, essays, research articles, and book chapters on a range of topics in international education and psychology. Brian has contributed to many higher education initiatives globally and has participated in national policy level meetings at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, and the White House.


Brian Whalen received his B.A. in psychology from Marist College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Dallas Institute of Philosophic Studies with a psychology and literature specialization. He earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Finance and Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.


In 2019 Brian received a Centennial Medal from the Institute of International Education for his contributions to the field of international education. He is also a recipient of the W. LaMarr Kopp Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Council of International Education.




Hal Haskell

Professor of Classics

Member of the CYA Academic Advisory Roundtable


Hal Haskell is an expert in Greek and Latin language and literature and a specialist in Aegean Bronze Age archaeology.


Hal first visited Greece in 1971 as an undergraduate, fueling his lifelong passion for Greece and education abroad. After a three-year position at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, he taught at the University of Memphis and Southwestern University until his retirement in 2020. He believes in inspiring students to develop a passion for studying ancient cultures and responding in kind to those passions.


He has excavated in Greece and Turkey, he is a widely published scholar in North American and European journals, and he is the lead author of a book on Late Bronze Age olive oil and wine exchange within the Aegean and beyond.


Hal Haskell received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, his MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974, and his BA from Haverford College in 1972.  He and his spouse Dr. Pam Haskell have had the pleasure of teaching at CYA.



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.