CYA News

June 2021

CYA Virtual Lecture Series II June 30, 2021

 CYA is delighted to invite you to our upcoming lecture in our Virtual Lecture Series.  On Wednesday, 30 June 2021, at 12 p.m. (EDT) / 7 p.m. (Athens), we have the honor of hosting CYA Trustee Emerita, Mary R. Lefkowitz, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Emerita, at Wellesley College.

 

A world-renowned scholar and professor of classical studies, Prof.

Lefkowitz, will discuss the concerning state of classics in the US and the drop of university resources given to humanities in general. 

 

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Prof. Lefkowitz’s interlocutor and discussant for this lecture will be Barbara Weiden Boyd, Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College, and President of the Vergilian Society. 

 

To participate, please register via Zoom today.
 


 

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email to join the discussion. You may ask questions through the Chatbox or Q&A feature on Zoom. If you cannot attend the "live" event but would like to receive a recording of the lecture, please register and it will be sent to you 1-2 days after the event.
 

G U E S T   S P E A K E R

 

Mary R. Lefkowitz

Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Emerita, at Wellesley College

CYA Trustee Emerita

 

Mary Lefkowitz is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Emerita, at Wellesley College.  She holds a B.A. from Wellesley and a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College, plus honorary degrees from Trinity College, Grinnell College, and the University of Patras, and is a recipient of a National Humanities Medal. 

 

She is the author of books and articles about ancient Greek literature and culture, including most recently, Euripides and the Gods (2015), and co-editor of The Greek Plays (2015), Women’s Life in Greece and Rome, Ed. 4 (2016), and The Greek Histories (forthcoming, 2022).  Best known to non-Classicists for her book, Not Out of Africa (1996).

 

She is a trustee emerita of CYA, and since 2004 a trustee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 
 

D I S C U S S A N T

 

Barbara Weiden Boyd

Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College

President of the Vergilian Society

 

Barbara Weiden Boyd, Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College, holds a B.A. from Manhattanville College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan.

 

Her scholarly specialization is Latin poetry, especially the works of Virgil and Ovid. She has published widely on a variety of Roman writers, including Virgil, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid, and Sallust.  In addition to continuing work on a commentary on Ovid's Remedia amoris, she has recently published a book on Ovid's reception of Homer: Ovid’s Homer: Authority, Repetition, and Reception (Oxford University Press, 2017).

 

She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association) and the Goodwin Award Committee of the SCS/APA, and currently serves on its Program Committee. She is in her second year as President of the Vergilian Society, and is a charter member of the International Ovidian Society. A past member of the executive committee of the Discussion Group on Classics and Modern Literature in the Modern Language Association, Boyd is committed to supporting and sustaining dialogue between and among the disciplines of the humanities, especially on literary and cultural topics.

May 2021

Announcing the CYA Hellenic Executive Program


In partnership with the HALC (Hellenic American Leadership Council), College Year in Athens is delighted to announce the launching of the CYA Hellenic Executive Program.

The CYA Hellenic Executive Program is dedicated to bringing CYA's rigorous academic profile in an online format to all interested and who desire to further their knowledge on all topics associated with Greece, from ancient civilization to modern-day development.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

 

The program will meet once a week, every Saturday at 12 noon EDT, for six consecutive weeks in a synchronous online teaching environment. Seminar begins on 22 May 2021 and ends on 26 June 2021. Participants are given access to material on Moodle and a Zoom Registration Link. After each session, a recording of the seminar will be distributed to participants.

 

ADMISSIONS

 

This seminar has no formal education requirements. We recognize that participants come from diverse backgrounds and with varying experience in the subjects they will be taking the Executive Program. A certificate will be issued to those who have attended all six sessions. 

 

SEMINAR DETAILS AND DATES

 

The Emergence of the Modern Greek State, taught by Professor Alexander Kitroeff, follows the evolution of Greece from the eve of the revolution through the consolidation of the modern state in 1862.  It describes and analyzes the major domestic and international political developments as well as the cultural and social progress which transformed Greece from an Ottoman-ruled province into a modern European nation state. 

 

The Emergence of the Modern Greek State

22 May – 26 June 2021

 

Professor Alexander Kitroeff

D.Phil. (University of Oxford)

CYA History professor

Associate Professor of History, Haverford College

 

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

For registration to the CYA Hellenic Executive Program click below. Space in the CYA Hellenic Executive Program is limited. Seminar attendance is capped at 30 participants.


REGISTER HERE

 

Registration Deadline: 12 May 2021

 

Program Fee: $300 USD paid in full by 13 May 2021

 

* Click here for more details of the program

* For more information email at [email protected]

 

April 2021

CYA Virtual Lecture Series II April 21, 2021

CYA is delighted to invite you to our upcoming lecture in our Virtual Lecture Series.  On Wednesday, 21 April 2021, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m.

(Athens), CYA has the honor of hosting Nicolas Yatromanolakis, Greece's Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, responsible for Contemporary Culture.  A powerful advocate for contemporary culture in Greece, Nicolas Yatromanolakis is the first Greek government official to be appointed to this newly established section of this Ministry.


He will discuss "Culture as a driver for growth."


Besides its intrinsic value, culture can be a powerful driver for development, with community-wide social, economic, and environmental impacts. The adoption of alternative, culture-centric, sustainable growth models for local communities and regions, can create ecosystems that incorporate the tourism, education, agri-food, retail sectors, and more. Furthermore, the cultural and creative sector is in a strategic position to offer added value across industries.  For all these reasons, they represent one of the most rapidly expanding sectors in the global economy, creating sustainable jobs along the way. Culture-led development also includes a range of non-monetized benefits, such as greater social inclusiveness and rootedness, resilience, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for individuals and communities, and the use of local resources, skills, and knowledge.

 


Discussant for the lecture will be CYA Trustee and alumna Elaine Papoulias (CYA '91), Executive Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  Two members of CYA's academic community, Athena Hadji and Antonios Giannopoulos, will participate during the Q&A session following Mr. Yatromanolakis' remarks


G U E S T   S P E A K E R

Nicolas Yatromanolakis

Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports,

responsible for Contemporary Culture


Nicholas Yatromanolakis was appointed Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, responsible for Contemporary Culture, in January 2021, while he had served as General Secretary of Contemporary Culture, since August 2019.  He holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from Panteion University, Athens, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the US.


Between January 2017 – July 2019 he served as Chief Marketing & Communication Officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. He has served in various senior positions in Greek and multinational companies such as Microsoft, V+O Communication, S&B Industrial Minerals and Alpha TV, as well as at the Hellenic Foundation of European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Harvard University.  He’s also worked as an independent strategy, public affairs and communication consultant. His work has received several awards in Greece and abroad.  He was a founding member and a Steering Committee member of the Potami political party, as well as the party’s campaign manager for the 2014 European Parliament elections. In the January 2015 parliamentary elections he ranked second among the party’s candidates in the City of Athens district. He left Potami in 2016. He’s been active in the field of human rights, focusing on LGBTQI+ rights. He’s participated voluntarily in nonprofit organizations focusing on the social inclusion of vulnerable populations, as well as the mental and physical health of children.


He is a 2013 Marshall Memorial Fellow. In 2019 he was elected member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of Greece.  He has edited several publications, including New Approaches to Balkan Studies, ed. Dimitris Keridis, Ellen Elias Bursac and Nicholas Yatromanolakis (Dulles, VA: Brassey’s 2003). He contributed to the World Economic Forum’s 2001 Global Competitiveness Report. He was the scientific editor of the Greek version of the NATO Handbook, and ELIAMEP’s occasional papers and publications editor in 1996-98.

D I S C U S S A N T

Elaine Papoulias

Executive Director of the Minda du Gunzburg Center

for European Studies, Harvard University

CYA Trustee & CYA Alumna '91

Elaine Papoulias is the executive director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  She received a BA from Wesleyan University and a MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


From 1999-2012, Papoulias served at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as Director of the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, integrating this region into HKS academic and executive education programs, as well as co-curricular initiatives across the University.


In addition to her career in academia, Papoulias’ professional experiences include advisory, public affairs, communications and analytical work for government agencies, political candidates, grassroots campaigns, non-profit institutions as well as private companies across a multitude of sectors.  She currently serves on the boards of College Year in Athens (Greece); Navarino Network (Greece); Center for Openness and Dialogue (Albania); Intersection Centre for Science and Innovation (Serbia); and diaNEOsis (Greece). Her interests include democratization, politics and development in Southeastern Europe. She speaks Greek fluently and has a working knowledge of Persian.


Athena Hadji (Ph.D. Archaeology-Art History-Cultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley) and Antonios Giannopoulos (Ph.D. Marketing & Communication, MBA, Athens Univ. of Economics and Business),  are members of CYA's academic community and teach CYA's course "Sustainable Futures: Cultural Heritage and Tourism Management." 

CYA Virtual Lecture Series II April 21, 2021

CYA is delighted to invite you to our upcoming lecture in our Virtual Lecture Series.  On Wednesday, 21 April 2021, at 12 p.m. (EST) / 7 p.m.

(Athens), CYA has the honor of hosting Nicolas Yatromanolakis, Greece's Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, responsible for Contemporary Culture.  A powerful advocate for contemporary culture in Greece, Nicolas Yatromanolakis is the first Greek government official to be appointed to this newly established section of this Ministry.


He will discuss "Culture as a driver for growth."


Besides its intrinsic value, culture can be a powerful driver for development, with community-wide social, economic, and environmental impacts. The adoption of alternative, culture-centric, sustainable growth models for local communities and regions, can create ecosystems that incorporate the tourism, education, agri-food, retail sectors, and more. Furthermore, the cultural and creative sector is in a strategic position to offer added value across industries.  For all these reasons, they represent one of the most rapidly expanding sectors in the global economy, creating sustainable jobs along the way. Culture-led development also includes a range of non-monetized benefits, such as greater social inclusiveness and rootedness, resilience, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for individuals and communities, and the use of local resources, skills, and knowledge.

 

Register Here


Discussant for the lecture will be CYA Trustee and alumna Elaine Papoulias (CYA '91), Executive Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  Two members of CYA's academic community, Athena Hadji and Antonios Giannopoulos, will participate during the Q&A session following Mr. Yatromanolakis' remarks


G U E S T   S P E A K E R

Nicolas Yatromanolakis

Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports,

responsible for Contemporary Culture


Nicholas Yatromanolakis was appointed Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, responsible for Contemporary Culture, in January 2021, while he had served as General Secretary of Contemporary Culture, since August 2019.  He holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from Panteion University, Athens, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the US.


Between January 2017 – July 2019 he served as Chief Marketing & Communication Officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. He has served in various senior positions in Greek and multinational companies such as Microsoft, V+O Communication, S&B Industrial Minerals and Alpha TV, as well as at the Hellenic Foundation of European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Harvard University.  He’s also worked as an independent strategy, public affairs and communication consultant. His work has received several awards in Greece and abroad.  He was a founding member and a Steering Committee member of the Potami political party, as well as the party’s campaign manager for the 2014 European Parliament elections. In the January 2015 parliamentary elections he ranked second among the party’s candidates in the City of Athens district. He left Potami in 2016. He’s been active in the field of human rights, focusing on LGBTQI+ rights. He’s participated voluntarily in nonprofit organizations focusing on the social inclusion of vulnerable populations, as well as the mental and physical health of children.


He is a 2013 Marshall Memorial Fellow. In 2019 he was elected member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of Greece.  He has edited several publications, including New Approaches to Balkan Studies, ed. Dimitris Keridis, Ellen Elias Bursac and Nicholas Yatromanolakis (Dulles, VA: Brassey’s 2003). He contributed to the World Economic Forum’s 2001 Global Competitiveness Report. He was the scientific editor of the Greek version of the NATO Handbook, and ELIAMEP’s occasional papers and publications editor in 1996-98.

D I S C U S S A N T

Elaine Papoulias

Executive Director of the Minda du Gunzburg Center

for European Studies, Harvard University

CYA Trustee & CYA Alumna '91

Elaine Papoulias is the executive director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  She received a BA from Wesleyan University and a MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


From 1999-2012, Papoulias served at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as Director of the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, integrating this region into HKS academic and executive education programs, as well as co-curricular initiatives across the University.


In addition to her career in academia, Papoulias’ professional experiences include advisory, public affairs, communications and analytical work for government agencies, political candidates, grassroots campaigns, non-profit institutions as well as private companies across a multitude of sectors.  She currently serves on the boards of College Year in Athens (Greece); Navarino Network (Greece); Center for Openness and Dialogue (Albania); Intersection Centre for Science and Innovation (Serbia); and diaNEOsis (Greece). Her interests include democratization, politics and development in Southeastern Europe. She speaks Greek fluently and has a working knowledge of Persian.


Athena Hadji (Ph.D. Archaeology-Art History-Cultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley) and Antonios Giannopoulos (Ph.D. Marketing & Communication, MBA, Athens Univ. of Economics and Business),  are members of CYA's academic community and teach CYA's course "Sustainable Futures: Cultural Heritage and Tourism Management." 

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.

 

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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.

 

D I S C U S S A N T

 

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.

 

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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

Author

 

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).

D I S C U S S A N T

 

K. Chris Todd

Chairman, Board of Trustees, College Year in Athens

Attorney

 

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.