CYA News

December 2017

Fall ’17 CYA Student Ambassador Award

In recognition of CYA Student Ambassadors who go above and beyond in their volunteer roles,  A travel voucher is awarded to the most active Ambassador each semester to continue to support student opportunities to travel and continue their cross-cultural journeys. 

We are extremely excited to announce the winner of the fall 2017 semester's travel voucher prize: 

net/person/kiki-lewis/">Kiki Lewis (CYA Spring '17) at Pacific Lutheran University!

Kiki truly went above and beyond in her Ambassador activities this semester, reaching out to her school's study abroad office to represent CYA at study abroad fairs, creating a "Greece Through A Student's Eyes" video for our social media, she also met with various faculty, staff, prospective and accepted students to talk about CYA, and more.

We are also pleased to announce that Noa Gelb (Spring '17, U Michigan) and Reeta Bandyopadhyay (Summer '17, Rhodes College) were runners-up and also very active Ambassadors, representing us at study abroad fairs, writing articles about CYA for publications, and doing presentations at informational sessions about study abroad in Greece.

We want to extend our deepest gratitude to ALL our Ambassadors for the energy and hard work each has shown in bringing their CYA story back to their home campus. The team has created media, made presentations written reviews, talked to so many different people, and sent us some great photos of their activities. We can't wait to see more in the spring - when we will be giving away another semester travel voucher award!

Find out more about the CYA Student Ambassador Program here.

CYA / DIKEMES Public Lecture: “The Grave of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos”

Wednesday 6 December at 7.00 p.m. at the CYA / DIKEMES Auditorium

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our lecture “The Grave of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos” given by the Co-directors of the Palace of Nestor Excavations, Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker.

The University of Cincinnati archaeological excavations at the Palace of Nestor, Pylos resumed on 18 May 2015 for the first time since 1969.

During the course of the campaign, the so-called grave of the “Griffin Warrior” was discovered a few hundred meters from the Palace. This presentation will describe the excavation of this remarkable grave and discuss finds found in it. This unique, undisturbed burial affords an unparalleled opportunity to examine aspects of Early Mycenaean funerary ritual, gender association with grave goods, and burial structure that cannot be obtained through more standard multi-individual burial contexts. The talk is intended for a general audience.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 6 December at 7.00 p.m. at the CYA / DIKEMES Auditorium (5 Plateia Stadiou, Kallimarmaro, 2nd fl.)

CYA Reception & Faculty Presentation at Upcoming AIS/SCS Annual Meeting

The 2018 AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on January 4 – 7.

We are pleased to announce that CYA professor. Robert K.

Pitt will be presenting his paper: New Inscribed Clamps and Dowels from the Athenian Propylaia as part of the academic program on Epigraphy and Inscribed Objects during session 2H on Friday, January 5, 10:45 am – 12:45 p.m.

Alexis Phylactopoulos, President, and Theoni Scourta, Vice President for Academic Affairs, member of the AIA, will be attending the meeting. College Year in Athens, CYA, AIA/SCSCYA is also hosting a reception to celebrate its 55th year anniversary in connection with the AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting in Boston.

The event will take place on Friday, January 5, 2018. We hope that CYA Trustees, present, former and emeriti, CYA Advisors, local area alumni and friends, our faculty and institutional partners will join us! RSVP: by December 27.

Click here for the invitation.

For more information about the Annual Meeting visit the AIA website

November 2017

CYA Faculty News: Archaeological Work in the Cyclades Conference

The Cyclades Ephorate of Antiquities, in collaboration with the French Archaeological School, held an inaugural international conference on "The Archaeological Work in the Cyclades" at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens on November 22-26.

More than 200 delegates attended the conference including Vice President for Academic Affairs Theoni Scourta and professor of the CYA Summer Course MS321 Excavating in the Aegean: The Case of Despotiko (Paros, Antiparos), Alexandra Alexandridou who also presented her paper "Pottery & Clay Figurines of Early Iron Age from Despotiko of Antiparos".

The paper discussed the recent discoveries of Geometric ceramic material and clay figurines at the sanctuary, now recognized as one of the most important Archaic cultic centers of the Cyclades.  Professor Alexadridou's CYA summer course gives students the unique opportunity to actively participate in the excavation of this site at Despotiko - read about this year's excavation experience here.

CYA / DIKEMES Public Lecture on the Development of Elliniko

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to a lecture by Prof. Spiros N. Pollalis (Harvard University) on “The Public as Stakeholder in the Development of Elliniko”, on Tuesday 28 November at 7.00 p.m. at the CYA / DIKEMES Auditorium (5 Plateia Stadiou, 2nd fl., Kallimarmaro).

A reception will follow.

Prof.Pollalis approaches the development of the former Elliniko airport focusing on the short term and long term benefits and potential harm to the taxpayers and the citizens of Athens.

The speaker will examine what the objectives of this project should have been, what they finally were, how they were communicated, and how successfully they have been met.

Read more about the event, and join the facebook event here.

CYA Celebrates International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) celebrations are in full swing. Throughout this week CYA’s social media is hosting an open dialogue where top questions about study abroad are being answered by our students in Greece now.

Take a look!

We encourage everyone to follow our Facebook page to see what more students have to say and join the discussion. Wishing you all happy International Education Week!

Discussion on the Potential "Catalonia" Crisis

The Hellenic Foudation for European  and Foreign Policy (ELIMEP) and CYA/DIKEMES have the pleasure to invite you to "Potential Catalonia Crisis" a discussion on the Catalan Referendum for independence. The conference will take place at:

DIKEMES Auditorium 5 Platia Stadiou, Kallimarmaro Athens
Monday 13 November
11:00 - 13:00

Speaker: Dr.

Marina Perez de Arcos - Spanish Studies Co ordinator at Oxford University.

CYA Fall Public Lecture Series

We are pleased to invite you to the lecture, "The Greek Crisis & Soccer Club Identities: Athens Bourgeois, Piraeus Proletarians & Asia Minor Refugees" by Prof.

Alexander Kitroeff, Haverford College.

Barcelona F.C proudly proclaims it is “més que un club” and indeed many European soccer teams have historically reflected identities that go deeper than sports, representing region or city, political or religious affiliation, or class origins. In Spain, Barcelona stands for Catalonia and Real Madrid for a unified country; in Scotland, Celtic F.C. stands for Irish Catholicism, Glasgow Rangers for Protestant Unionism. The origins of Greece’s top soccer clubs also reflect particular identities rooted in the country's history. But with the Greek Crisis dealing a blow to already declining attendance at soccer stadiums, can Greece’s top teams claim they are something more than a sports club?

DIKEMES Auditorium
Tuesday 14 November 2017
7.30. p.m.
A reception will follow

October 2017

Looted – The New Podcast About Illicitly Traded Antiquities

Zoë Kontes, Archaeologist, CYA Alumna Trustee and Professor of MS355 IIllegal Antiquities CYA summer course, was awarded a Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship to create a 12-part podcast which tells the stories of illicitly traded antiquities and the effect it has on archaeology today.

Looted: The Podcast will uncover the hidden stories of ancient artifacts and their journeys in the illicit antiquities trade. Kontes hopes to educate the public on the issue of ownership of ancient artifacts and to spark conversation about how best to preserve world cultures. To learn more about this fascinating series, visit this link  and subscribe to the podcast.