Loading...

Upcoming Dukakis Lecture: Fall 2022 - From Talaat Pasha to Atatürk via Lausanne: The Turkification of Asia Minor

Dukakis Center hosts Hans-Lukas Kieser, Professor of Modern History at the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Professor of Late and Post-Ottoman History at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 7 PM, at the Bissell Library, ACT - American College of Thessaloniki. 

The lecture is open to the general public and will be in English.

Hans_Lukas Kieser is a Professor of Modern History at the University of Newcastle (Australia), having also served as a Professor of Late and Post-Ottoman History at the University of Zurich. He specializes in the late Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. He has lectured at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Bilgi University, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and Sciences Sociales in Paris, among others. He has been president of the Research Foundation Switzerland-Turkey. He has received multiple awards for his research, including the Boghossian Prize for work on the Armenian Genocide in 2017. He is the author of several groundbreaking studies, including his 2018 book Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide (Princeton University Press). His forthcoming book is on the Treaty of Lausanne (sous presse).

"Lausanne tacitly endorsed comprehensive policies of expulsion and extermination of hetero-ethnic and hetero-religious groups."

-- H-L Kieser

For further details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

More

Fall 2022 Dukakis Lecture - From Talaat Pasha to Atatürk via Lausanne: The Turkification of Asia Minor

Dukakis Center hosts Hans-Lukas Kieser, Professor of Modern History at the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Professor of Late and Post-Ottoman History at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 7 PM, at the Bissell Library, ACT - American College of Thessaloniki. 

The lecture is open to the general public and will be in English.

Hans_Lukas Kieser is a Professor of Modern History at the University of Newcastle (Australia), having also served as a Professor of Late and Post-Ottoman History at the University of Zurich. He specializes in the late Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. He has lectured at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Bilgi University, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and Sciences Sociales in Paris, among others. He has been president of the Research Foundation Switzerland-Turkey. He has received multiple awards for his research, including the Boghossian Prize for work on the Armenian Genocide in 2017. He is the author of several groundbreaking studies, including his 2018 book Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide (Princeton University Press). His forthcoming book is on the Treaty of Lausanne (sous presse).

"Lausanne tacitly endorsed comprehensive policies of expulsion and extermination of hetero-ethnic and hetero-religious groups."

-- H-L Kieser

For further details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

More

"Americans Abroad: Soft Power in the Twenty-First Century"

July 4th came to the Dukakis Center at ACT a few days early this year. Two prominent American educators, Jenifer Neils, outgoing Director of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome, and Scott Sprenger, President of the American University of Rome, appeared on the season finale of Dukakis Center Live on July 1st to celebrate Independence Day and the sustained exploits of American soft power.

Hosted by Dukakis Center Director Dr. David Wisner, the program explored the challenges faced currently by American living and working abroad and asked whether current developments in the United States and around the world had somehow diminished the desirability of holding a US passport, whether the specter of the waning of the American Century had somehow diminished the appeal of American culture worldwide. The result was a rich, nuanced, and encouraging discussion.

Dukakis Indepedence Day JNeils S

Both guests discussed the adverse local public opinion generated by such episodes as the American military operation in Iraq or the contested outcome of the 2020 Presidential election. Sprenger lamented some loss of American credibility overseas due to recent political developments in the United States and abroad (although the response of NATO to the war in Ukraine has reversed the trend to a degree). At the same time, Neils noted that America First was detrimental from a purely operational point of view. Happily, whatever negative publicity these developments engendered appears to have been epiphenomenal and not led to any long-term effects. Both the American School of Classical Studies and the American University of Rome effectively carry out a circumscribed mission of cultural diplomacy. As Sprenger put it, his university is committed to free thought, inquiry, and free speech, and as such, it continues to be a unique medium through which to share a vibrant American culture.

While Professors Neils and Sprenger alluded to the perennial problems of dealing with foreign bureaucracies as ex-pats, they also noted that their institutions had overcome the recent COVID pandemic resiliently, their appeal as centers of learning and culture unscathed. Sprenger announced after the program that the American University of Rome was poised to welcome its largest incoming class in September.

Dukakis Indepedence Day

Professors Neils and Sprenger also revealed that their respective institutions both had a significant public service vocation with regard to the ethos of incoming students and the engagement of supporters of the institutions. Neils reminded the audience that the main archeological dig managed by the American School in Athens, the Agora, was made possible by American philanthropy, supporting the creation of a major museum on the site. Likewise, the American University of Rome has been awarded oversight of a dig on the Aventine Hill owing in large part to the public service dimension included in their proposal to manage the site. Both institutions, it may be concluded, are tending their gardens well -- literally: Neils and her students inspired the creation of an informal neighborhood caretakers group on and off the campus of the School, while AUR students volunteer to tend public gardens throughout Rome.

 

More

ACT and the Jena Centre for Reconciliation Studies introduces “Kavala International Summer School”

The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) and the Jena Centre for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS) at Friedrich Schiller University in cooperation with the Foreign Affairs Institute (www.fainst.eu), the MOHA Research Center (www.moha.center), and the Balkan Strategies International Synergies (BSIS) launch the 1st Kavala International Summer School (Kavala, 5-11 September 2022).

The Summer School combines academic theory and the praxis of diplomacy to analyze policies and behaviors enabling reconciliation, tolerance, social cohesion, and good neighborliness at the local, national, and international levels, as well as a UN simulation under the guidance of well-known professors, scholars, diplomats, and businessmen. In addition, the participants/students will be able to improve their professional skills as they will work on real cases with politicians, leaders, and senior diplomats.

The Summer School will be able to provide scholarships for some of the participating students.

For further information, please email the coordinator, Dr. Theodoros Theodorou, Greece Ambassador a.H, Director General MOHA Research Center at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

act wordmark burgundy 1
BWM UniJena Center Reconciliation blau

More

Another year filled with young entrepreneurial spirit at the Young Business Creators program

On June 16-24, 2022, the innovative Young Business Creators entrepreneurship summer camp took place at the Anna Papageorgiou STEM Center at Anatolia College. The program concerned pupils who completed the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades of Primary School and was held in English at a level that the children understood.

Young Business Creators is based on the Jacobson Foundation for Youth Entrepreneurship method by the University of Iowa. Anatolia College adopted the know-how and educational materials and emphasized new technologies and modern practices in marketing.

The Entrepreneurship Hub of ACT - the American College of Thessaloniki organizes the program every summer. This year 29 students participated in the program. As young entrepreneurs, pupils learn how to build their small businesses through guidance and teamwork. The process includes the conception of idea, design, branding, production, and sales.

Young Business Creators 2022 4

Young Business Creators 2022 5

Young Business Creators 2022 6

This year children visited the companies HATZOPOULOS SA, OXFORD COMPANY, and COMO, where executives showed them in practice how modern businesses operate.

Young Business Creators 2022 2

Young Business Creators 2022 1

On the last day of the program, the children presented and sold the products they had made to their parents, relatives, and friends during a bazaar organized at Anatolia College, raising over €1,300. The students donated the money to the "Sotir" Center for disabled persons.

Thanks to the program, the experienced trainers, the products the children produced and sold, and the live examples of businesses they saw, the children understood how entrepreneurship contributes to developing a person's personality. At the same time, the program strengthens the children's team spirit, communication, creative skills, and self-confidence.

ACT - the American College of Thessaloniki, a division of Anatolia College, as a non-profit educational institution, aims to develop and promote the knowledge and development of students' skills.

More

Summer Music Performance Program at ACT presents Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall

The Organization of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in collaboration with the Summer Music Performance Program at ACT / A Division of Anatolia College and the MOYSA Orchestra present on Friday, July 1st the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) in a modern edition- 1940's Hollywood glamour.

Conductor Thodoris Papadimitriou

Παπαδημητρίου Θοδωρής


Direction/Coordination: Kent Smith, Sets/Costumes: Kent Smith

Smith Kent


Preparation: Dr. Brandt Fredriksen (piano) 

Fredriksen Dr Brandt

Participating:
Dido - Kaitlyn Barnes
Aeneas - Daniel Chiu
Belinda - Alexa-Marie Fini and Despoina Andranioti
Sorceress - Shay Downey
1st Witch - Alyssa DeLessio and Jillian Prakelt
2nd Witch - Lauren Leonardi and Anya Bulchandani
2nd Woman - Nyssa Welshans
Spirit - Christie Kim
1st Sailor - Angelos Markou

Choir:
Vassilis Sapounidis
Angelos Markou
Despoina Andranioti
Natasa Molliou
Lambrini Manou
Ilektra Manousi


MOYSA – Youth Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki Concert Hall

moysa Ορέστης Κουράκης


Participating:
Harpsichord: Athanasios Papaisiou

 

Dido et Aeneas ACT Summer Music Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More

Independence Day at the Dukakis Center

 
The season finale of this year's Dukakis Center Live series of web tv broadcasts will be a special Independence Day session dedicated to "Americans Abroad: Soft Power in the Twenty-First Century." 
 
Special guests and old friends Jenifer Neils, outgoing Director of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and Scott SprengerPresident of the American University in Rome, will join host David Wisner for an extended discussion on the challenges American citizens who live and work abroad in the current international climate.
 
The episode will air this Friday, July 1, at 7 PM on the YouTube channel of Anixneusis Web TV.(https://www.youtube.com/user/pantelisavvidis).
 
Jenifer Neils is the first woman to serve as Director of the American School of Classical Studies. She has taught and held endowed chairs at Case Western Reserve University and was curator of ancient art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has lectured around the world and is the author of innumerable studies on ancient Greek art. She was educated at Bryn Mawr and Princeton. Professor Neils spoke at the Dukakis Center in March 2007.
 
Scott Sprenger has served as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University, Provost of The American University of Paris, and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University. Dr. Sprenger holds post-graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins and Emory Universities. His scholarly expertise is in the field of French literature.
 
Dukakis Srpenger
More

Independence Day at the Dukakis Center

 
The season finale of this year's Dukakis Center Live series of web tv broadcasts will be a special Independence Day session dedicated to "Americans Abroad: Soft Power in the Twenty-First Century." 
 
Special guests and old friends Jenifer Neils, outgoing Director of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and Scott SprengerPresident of the American University in Rome, will join host David Wisner for an extended discussion on the challenges American citizens who live and work abroad in the current international climate.
 
The episode will air this Friday, July 1, at 7 PM on the YouTube channel of Anixneusis Web TV.(https://www.youtube.com/user/pantelisavvidis).
 
Jenifer Neils is the first woman to serve as Director of the American School of Classical Studies. She has taught and held endowed chairs at Case Western Reserve University and was curator of ancient art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has lectured around the world and is the author of innumerable studies on ancient Greek art. She was educated at Bryn Mawr and Princeton. Professor Neils spoke at the Dukakis Center in March 2007.
 
Scott Sprenger has served as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University, Provost of The American University of Paris, and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University. Dr. Sprenger holds post-graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins and Emory Universities. His scholarly expertise is in the field of French literature.
 
Dukakis Srpenger
More

Dukakis Center hosts live session on the future of public service with General Mark Welsh

 In an age of growing political polarization, the Dukakis Center closed the gap between the two partisan poles in American political life, if only symbolically, if only for one night. The occasion was the most recent episode this past Friday, June 17, of Dukakis Center Live on Anixneusis Web TV. Host David Wisner, Executive Director of the Dukakis Center at ACT, welcomed General Mark Welsh, former Air Force Chief of Staff and current Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, for a wide-ranging discussion of the state of public service at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

 Mark Welsh has studied at US Air Force Academy, National War College, MIT, and Harvard Business School, among others, and has received numerous awards and decorations. He is a former Joint Chiefs of Staff member, and has served at NATO and the CIA.

Mark Welsh 3

The exchange between senior administrators of academic institutions named after the two opponents in the 1988 US Presidential election, Michael S. Dukakis and George H.W. Bush, the eventual victor, ranged from military and government service to volunteerism and public service in the university curriculum.

Welsh and Wisner traded anecdotes on the lives and careers of the namesakes of their two programs and reflected on the increased internationalization of public service training. Indeed, both speakers noted the appeal of public service programming among international students attending an American institution at home or abroad. Throughout, Dean Welsh exuded a resolute sense of optimism in the appeal of service-based endeavor among young people attending American universities, noting that some three-quarters or more of graduates of the Bush school go on to careers in the public sector. Wisner offered similar testing data, highlighting the political awareness and public engagement of ACT students and alumni.

Dr. Wisner said, "Hosting General Welsh in this session was among the most satisfying things I have ever done while directing the Dukakis Center. My principal takeaway: a public service ethos is alive and well on American university campuses. This is the heartbeat of democracy in America. Meaningful opportunities exist for young people in public service, both across the United States and worldwide."

This was the penultimate episode of Dukakis Center Live for the 2021-22 academic year at ACT. The finale will take place on Friday, July 1, at 7 PM, and will feature Jenifer Neils, outgoing Director of the American School of Classical Studies, and Scott Sprenger, President of the American University of Rome. Join us to discuss "Americans Abroad: Soft Power in the Twenty-First Century."

Video is available on the YouTube channel of Anixneusis Web TV.  

More

Dukakis Center hosts live session on the future of public service with General Mark Welsh

 In an age of growing political polarization, the Dukakis Center closed the gap between the two partisan poles in American political life, if only symbolically, if only for one night. The occasion was the most recent episode this past Friday, June 17, of Dukakis Center Live on Anixneusis Web TV. Host David Wisner, Executive Director of the Dukakis Center at ACT, welcomed General Mark Welsh, former Air Force Chief of Staff and current Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, for a wide-ranging discussion of the state of public service at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

 Mark Welsh has studied at US Air Force Academy, National War College, MIT, and Harvard Business School, among others, and has received numerous awards and decorations. He is a former Joint Chiefs of Staff member, and has served at NATO and the CIA.

Mark Welsh 3

The exchange between senior administrators of academic institutions named after the two opponents in the 1988 US Presidential election, Michael S. Dukakis and George H.W. Bush, the eventual victor, ranged from military and government service to volunteerism and public service in the university curriculum.

Welsh and Wisner traded anecdotes on the lives and careers of the namesakes of their two programs and reflected on the increased internationalization of public service training. Indeed, both speakers noted the appeal of public service programming among international students attending an American institution at home or abroad. Throughout, Dean Welsh exuded a resolute sense of optimism in the appeal of service-based endeavor among young people attending American universities, noting that some three-quarters or more of graduates of the Bush school go on to careers in the public sector. Wisner offered similar testing data, highlighting the political awareness and public engagement of ACT students and alumni.

Dr. Wisner said, "Hosting General Welsh in this session was among the most satisfying things I have ever done while directing the Dukakis Center. My principal takeaway: a public service ethos is alive and well on American university campuses. This is the heartbeat of democracy in America. Meaningful opportunities exist for young people in public service, both across the United States and worldwide."

This was the penultimate episode of Dukakis Center Live for the 2021-22 academic year at ACT. The finale will take place on Friday, July 1, at 7 PM, and will feature Jenifer Neils, outgoing Director of the American School of Classical Studies, and Scott Sprenger, President of the American University of Rome. Join us to discuss "Americans Abroad: Soft Power in the Twenty-First Century."

Video is available on the YouTube channel of Anixneusis Web TV.  

More
 

17 Sevenidi St.
55535, Pylaia
Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel. +30 2310 398398
P.O.Box 21021
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.