CYA News

July 2020

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 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.

June 2019

CYA International Conference: Anscombe at 100

 On the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Anscombe, one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century, the American Catholic Philosophical Association and College Year in Athens successfully organized the International Conference 'Anscombe at 100: on action and living well."

The conference took place in Athens on June 15-16, 2019.

The program brought together leading academics who discussed the work of Elizabeth Anscombe with a focus on exploring how the philosopher understands the differences and connections between theorizing about human action and theorizing about ethics, or living well. 

May 2019

Public Lecture: 'When Kings Read Literature: How Literature Shaped the Ancient World'

We are pleased to invite you to the lecture “When Kings Read Literature: How Literature Shaped the Ancient World” by Martin Puchner, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature & Chair of Theater, Dance & Media Harvard University. This public lecture will take place on Wednesday 15 May at 7.00 p.m.

(Daphne & Hatsopoulos Hall, 5 Plateia Stadiou, Kallimarmaro). Read more

CYA at the 2019 NAFSA Conference

We will be exhibiting at the 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference (May 26 - 31)! Please stop by the CYA booth (#530) to say hi and join us athe CYA reception on Thursday 30 May at the National Postal Museum.

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April 2019

SPRING 2019 Workshop on Greek Textual Criticism and Palaeography

This workshop will offer an introduction to textual criticism and Greek palaeography, and will provide students with an understanding of the methodology and sources for the reconstruction of anient literature. It will also offer an insight into transmission of texts from ancient to modern times and the significance of the reconstruction of ancient texts.

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