ACT student is the recipient of the Newman Civic Fellowship

Ms. Karina Iskandarova, a third year student at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), has been awarded the Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact. Campus Compact is a US coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Its purpose is to build democracy through civic education and community development.

Ms. Iskandarova is studying International Relations with a full scholarship. Karina has been active in Student Government and initiated the successful collection of food and other suppliesfor the Thessaloniki's Homeless Shelter and for the refugees in the city. She applied for the Humanity in Action scholarship (through the 'Humanity in Action', an international educational organization) and for the summer scholarship for young student leaders through the Fulbright institution. Although she did not eventually receive any of the two scholarships, she was short - listed to both and went through the interview process.

More recently, she was part of a research project within the Anatolia community, the Oral History Archives Project, through the Bissell Library and received training at the Historical Archives of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. She interviewed older members of the Anatolia community on issues of greater interest in terms of the educational, social and cultural history of Thessaloniki.

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship was created in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders and a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship. It provides training and exclusive virtual and in-person learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change. It helps students to develop strategies for achieving social change, addressing public problems and building equitable communities. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact supports the next generation of public problem solvers in their personal, professional, and civic growth.

In particular, Ms. Iskandarova will be engaged in raising awareness within the ACT and the wider Thessaloniki community regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals and for the next year she plans to focus on the promotion of literacy and educational opportunities for Roma girls in the region of Thessalonikiunder the supervision of Dr. Maria Patsarika who will be her mentor. Later in 2018 she will be traveling to Boston for the Newman Civic Fellows National Conference that will take place on November 17-18, 2018.

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Back to the Future? Brinksmanship in the Aegean


A round table on Greek - Turkish - US relations
Friday, May 18, 17:00 -20:00
Piraeus Bank Conference Center (Katouni 14, Thessaloniki)

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Greece and Turkey are neighbors, foes, and allies, joined geographically by a unique and occasionally disputed border over land and sea, allied bilaterally the one and the other with the United States, and multilaterally through NATO, while Turkey is also a candidate for membership in the European Union.

In the past weeks, reports in English international media outlets have claimed that Greece and Turkey are closer to war than at any time since 1996, and conversely, more closely aligned, and more peaceful, than ever before.

Tensions remain high, alarmingly so to outside observers, in part owing to the unprecedented uncertainty emanating from the Administration of President Donald J. Trump, the US having long played the role of guarantor of stability in the Aegean.

Add Russian interests in the region, the impact of the ongoing military and refugee crisis in Syria, and challenges to democracy and the rule of law on both sides of the Atlantic (with elections certain in Turkey and in the US, and possible in Greece, in 2018), and you have a volatile mix.
What should one expect going forward? Is the current climate reminiscent in any way of previous periods in local history, or are we called upon to recast this history in a new and potentially unsettling light? Will tensions escalate? Who, if not the US (and NATO), can act as an honest broker in regional affairs?

In a unique collaborative venture, the Dukakis Center and the Center for International and European Studies will convene a distinguished group of scholars, practitioners, and diplomats for a public debate on these and other questions and issues.

Working language: English


Pavlos Apostolides graduated from the Athens Law School, University of Athens, and served in the Hellenic Diplomatic Service from 1965 to 2004.. Among other posts, he was Ambassador of Greece to Cyprus and Permanent Representative of Greece to the European Union in Brussels. He has also served as General Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Director of the National Intelligence Agency. Ambassador Apostolides was a Director of Alpha Bank A.E. between 2004 and 2011 and has been a Non-Executive Independent Director of Alpha Bank A.E. since June 26, 2012.

Mustafa Aydın is Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University and, since 2004, the President of the International Relations Council of Turkey. He held the position of Rector of Kadir Has University between February 2010 and March 2018. He is also Governing Board Member of the OECD International Management of Higher Education Programme and a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Professor Aydın previously worked at Ankara University (1994-2005) and TOBB University of Economics and Technology (2005-2009); and was guest researcher/lecturer at Michigan (1998), Harvard (2002, Fulbright fellow), and Athens (2003, Onassis Fellow) Universities, as well as the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies (1999, Unesco Fellow) and the EU Institute for Security Studies (2003). He is a member of the Global Relations Forum (GIF), International Studies Association (ISA), Turkish Atlantic Council, Turkish Political Sciences Association, International Network on Regional Security, and the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS). He was a member of the Economy and Foreign Policy Study Group of the President of Turkey (2003-2009); Co-Coordinator of the International Commission on Black Sea (2010); and Director of International Policy Research Institute (2005-2011).

Maria Bozoudi is an international affairs executive with expertise in European integration, the Balkans, diplomacy and globalization. She holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Macedonia and George Washington University., and is currently conducting post-doc research on the history and practices of economic diplomacy. She has worked for more than 15 years on post-conflict Balkan reconstruction, with stints at the Business Advisory Council for Southeastern Europe and Eurasia, the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, and the Business Information Clearing Center. She is currently Adjunct Professor of International Relations at ACT.

Mitat Celikpala is Professor of International Relations and Dean of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Kadir Has University, where he teaches undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Professor Çelikpala’s subject expertise covers the history, society and security of Eurasia and the former Soviet territories, diaspora studies, the Black Sea region, Turkey-Russia relations, energy security, critical infrastructure security, and the complexities of terrorism. Having concluded his BA at Middle East Technical University, Dr. Çelikpala then received a Master’s degree at Hacettepe University and a PhD at Bilkent University. He is also a Senior Associate Member of Oxford University’s St. Anthony’s College. Dr. Çelikpala has served as an academic advisor to NATO’s Centre of Excellence Defense against Terrorism (DATR), the Turkish Armed Forces’ Strategic Research Centre, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Strategic Research Center.

Serhat Guvenc received his BA and MA degrees from Marmara University and his PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He is currently a Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Department of International Relations at Kadir Has University. Previously he held faculty positions at Istanbul Bilgi University, the University of Chicago, Koç University, and Boğaziçi University. Dr. Güvenç’s research interests include Turkish foreign and security policy and Turkish naval policy and history. He is the author of: The Ottomans’ Quest for Dreadnoughts, Istanbul, 2009, Turkey in the Mediterranean during the Interwar Era (Indiana University Turkish Studies, 2010) (with Dilek Barlas) and 60 Years in NATO: Turkey’s Contributions to Transatlantic Security, (Istanbul, 2013). His articles have appeared in Middle Eastern Studies, International Journal of Naval History, Uluslararası İlişkiler, Exotierika Themata(Greek), Journal of Strategic Studies, GMF Mediterranean Papers, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, International Journal, Turkish Studies and Turkish Policy Quarterly. His most recent article, co-authored with Mesut Uyar, “One Battle, Two Accounts: The Turkish Brigade at Kunu-ri in November 1950” was published in The Journal of Military History. Professor Güvenç is a board member of the Foundation of Lausanne Treaty Emigrants and advisory board member of Koç University’s Maritime Forum (KUDENFOR).

Kostas Ifantis is an Associate Professor of International Relations, Department of International Relations, Kadir Has University and at Panteion University of Athens. He worked as a Lecturer in International and European Politics at the Universities of Bradford and Portsmouth, UK (1991-1995). He was a USIA Visiting Fellow at the Center for Political studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1998) a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2002), an IAA Senior Research Fellow at the LSE (2009), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Seul (Summer 2016). Between 2005 and 2008 he served as Director for Research at the Policy Planning Center of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His papers have appeared in edited books and in periodicals such as Democratization, Turkish Studies, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Perceptions, International Journal, etc. His books include Greece in a Changing Europe (co-ed., Manchester University Press, 1996); NATO in the New European Order (Macmillan, 1996); Theory and Reform in the European Union (Manchester University Press, 2002); NATO and the New Security Paradigm (Frank Cass 2002); Turkish-Greek Relations: The Security Dilemma in the Aegean (co-ed., Routledge, 2004); International Security Today (co-ed., SAM, 2006); Multilateralism and Security Institutions in an Era of Globalization (co-ed., Routledge, 2009); International Political Theory: and The charm of realist discourse (in Greek, 2012); Is Europe Afraid of Europe? (ed., Wilfrid Martens Center, 2014).

Alexander Karagiannis is a former Foreign Service officer who was senior advisor to the director general of the State Department. He has previously served as DCM in Sofia, and as an office director in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (twice). He has expertise in national security as both practitioner and analyst, specializing in NATO, European, Russian and Mediterranean affairs. Mr. Karagiannis has been visiting associate professor at The George Washington University, and is the co-author of "Building a Foreign Service for 2025 and Beyond."

John Koenig joined the US Foreign Service in 1984 and held a number of senior positions in U.S. diplomatic missions in Europe. A graduate of Foreign Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, he has been posted in East Berlin. Nicosia, Athens, and, as Principal Officer, at the American Consulate General Thessaloniki 2000-03. Between 2003 and 2006, Koenig was Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. From 2012 till his retirement in 2015 he was US Ambassador to Cyprus.

Sotiris Serbos is Assistant Professor of International Politics at Democritus University of Thrace and Research Fellow in European Foreign Policy at Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens, in Greece. He has served as special adviser in the Hellenic Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Economy. He holdws degrees from the University of Macedonia (BA), the London School of Economics & Political Science (MSc) and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Ph.D.). In 2014-2015, he has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the field of transatlantic relations at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the University of Pittsburgh’s EU Center of Excellence. His research interests include international organizations, European integration and foreign policy analysis, with emphasis on Southast Europe, Greek and Turkish foreign policy. His policy experience includes memberships at Gerson Lehrman Group’s Policy & Economics Council and Capvision International.

Dimitrios Triantaphyllou is the Director of the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University since September 2010, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Relations. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA and PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was previously Director General of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of the Aegean, Rhodes (2006-2010). He was also Special Advisor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic (2004-2006); Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory of the European Institute at the LSE (2003-2004); Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies of the European Union, Paris (2001-2003); Research Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies of the Western European Union, Paris (1999-2001); Deputy Director of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens (1996-99); and Foreign Policy Advisor to a member of the European Parliament (1995). He has written and edited a number of books and articles pertaining to European security, developments in the Black Sea region and South-Eastern Europe, and Greek foreign policy. He is also Associate Editor of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (SSCI-indexed), a member of the Greek-Turkish Forum, and a co-convener of the Commission on the Black Sea.

David Wisner holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Rochester. He has written on the French Revolution, neo-idealist epistemology, and neo-classical art in various peer reviewed journals. He has also published one monograph, in the series Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (Oxford). Since coming to Greece in the mid-1990s he has been particularly active in such issues as civic education, public policy, and US involvement in Southeast Europe, having participated in events and projects organized by the World Bank, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Stability Pact, the German Marshall Fund, the US Embassy in Athens and the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki, among others. He appears regularly to discuss US and international politics on Greek radio and television, and writes occasional commentary for a Greek newspaper. In his capacity as Director of the Dukakis Center Dr. Wisner has also organized innumerable lectures, round tables, and workshops on national, regional, and international public policy issues. At ACT he conducts advanced seminars in US Policy in Southeast Europe, contemporary diplomacy, and political theory. He also teaches a prototype freshman pro-seminar in citizenship education.

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4th Summer Music Performance Program

The American College of Thessaloniki is proud to announce the 4th Summer Music Program, from 28 June - 8 July, 2018.  The program draws together top international performing artists, creating a world class event featuring master classes, lectures, discussion panels, concerts, and an opera production.   The program aligns itself with the Anatolia College goals of being a premier educational institution in the region, known for its innovative and quality education and its internationally oriented participants body. 

Participants in the program will enjoy master classes on Voice/Opera, Flute/Flute Ensemble, Violin, Cello, Piano, Chamber Music and Composition. Additionally, participants and community members are invited to attend concerts, lectures and discussion panels on pedagogy, performance anxiety, relaxation techniques on body tension and career orientation. Each participant will take 5 lessons (in a master class setting) with the teacher of their choice and is encouraged to use the practice rooms and to attend the lectures, concerts, discussions, panels and productions. Participants (in double occupancy rooms) and invited artists will be staying at the four star Hotel Panorama which is located close to the Anatolia College Campus. 

All participants will have free passes for unlimited access to the gym, swimming pool and outdoor movie cinema theater of Panorama and will enjoy excursions to the archaeological sites of Thessaloniki and a day trip to Halkidiki, a beautiful summer resort area of Northern Greece with exotic beaches. 

For more information and to enroll, please visit www.musicanatoliacollege.com or email musicanatoliacollege.com


1st Lacrosse Cup & Free Lacrosse Clinic

Free Lacrosse Clinic

Saturday May 12 2018, Anatolia College Alumni Soccer Field

10:00 – 13:00


New date

1st Lacrosse Cup

Tuesday May 15 2018, Anatolia College Alumni Soccer Field

10:00 – 13:00

Anatolia College is organizing the Greece’s first ever Lacrosse tournament!  The games will be held on May 15, starting at 10am at the Anatolia Alumni Soccer Field, with the participants being the 2nd Polichni High school, 1st Pylaia High School and Anatolia College.

Nicknamed “the fastest sport on two feet”, lacrosse is a fast paced and competitive team sport that has its origins in the Native American sport which communities would play in preparation for war.  The goal of the game is similar to that of many sports – to get the ball in the net of the opposite team using a special stick.

Anatolia College and the American College of Thessaloniki - ACT have played a significant role in spreading the sport of lacrosse in Greece by creating an Anatolia High School club lacrosse team and organizing these historical games. With efforts starting in 2017 to bring lacrosse to the school level of play along with collaboration with the Greece Lacrosse Association and the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), Anatolia College organized the first lacrosse clinic. The Anatolia HS lacrosse club consisting of gymnasium student athletes was set into motion in 2018 by the ACT Fellow Christina Daniskas. Today, three lacrosse teams have been created in Thessaloniki (1st Pylaia High School, 2nd Polichni High School and Anatolia College).

Tuesday, May 15 2018 - Game Schedule

10:00 1st Pylaia HS – 2nd Polichni HS
11:00 2nd Polichni HS – ANATOLIA
12:00 ANATOLIA – 1st Pylaia HS
12:45 Awards

Saturday, May 12 2018

Free Open Lacrosse Clinic by Coach Stephy Samaras & Christina Daniskas

Anatolia Alumni Soccer Field, 10:00-13:00

Saturday May 12th, there will be a free open clinic for coaches, athletes and all interested parties.  The clinic, which begins at 10am at Anatolia Alumni Soccer Field, will be led by a Lacrosse Coach from the US, Stephy Samaras.

*The same clinic will be run in Trikala and Larissa. In case of rain, the seminar will be held at ACT.


Northeastern students and professors open dialogue at ACT

ACT welcomes thirty Northeastern University students and professors on the 2018 Northeastern Dialogue Program “Genocide and its aftermath in Greece”.  During their stay in Thessaloniki, the group will be engaging in study through lectures, visits and service opportunities in partnership with ACT, faculty from Aristotle University and Elpida Home. This five week program allows the participants to engage with the topics of study as well as experience Greek hospitality and culture. The program aims to “help the students explore how a complicated past has been incorporated in commemorative forms in Greece today and how this experience shapes the current landscape.”


Students from Sweden choose Thessaloniki for their weeklong Study Travel

The American College of Thessaloniki had the opportunity to host a group of 18 students from the Katrinebergs Folkhögskola (Katrinebergs Adult School) of Sweden as part of their weeklong Study Travel in Thessaloniki.

Each year, the group picks a European city to study as part of their fall curriculum before visiting for a week in the spring. Thessaloniki was the destination for this 2018 program. Students researched topics spanning from history to current events and culture from folklore, film and local cuisine and then experienced them first hand in Greece.

At ACT they began with a tour of the campus and a presentation of the institutions 130 year history and its role in the local community and then and joined ACT students for the day’s lecture for Social Science 228 (Society and Culture: Theory, Texts, and Practice) hosted by Dr. Maria Patsarika. Visiting student Henrik commented “I really appreciate, Maria, that we were allowed to attend your class. It was intriguing and fun to learn more than I previously knew about culture and its impact on society.”

The visit was concluded by a meeting with our Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Maria Kyriakidou. This produced great discussion and left everyone wishing we had more time! In the evening, ACT students met with Katrinebergs students to explore Thessaloniki together.

Upon returning to their base, Professor Stuart Malcolm conveyed the success of their trip while student Rhobin added:

“Greetings from Sweden to the whole American College of Thessaloniki. My name is Rhobin and I am responsible for reporting on the study visit. I am so grateful for the welcome we received and the effort you put into telling us about your city. I also enjoyed experiencing how your classes work and I was impressed by the open-mindedness of the school. A special thanks to the wonderful guides Christina and Theo, who took us through the campus, and to the two girls that showed us the nightlife."

It was an honor to be a part of this innovative educational project and the American College of Thessaloniki looks forward to further joint efforts in the future.

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Discussing the poetry anthology "Austerity Measures"


Join us on Tuesday, May 22, at ΣΑΙΞΠΗΡΙΚόΝ bookstore to discuss the poetry anthology Austerity Measures together with the editor Karen Van Dyck and some of the poets. The discussion will be in Greek.

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What the press wrote about the anthology:

Karen Van Dyck's short bio

Karen Van Dyck is the Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Modern Greek Language and Literature in the Classics Department at Columbia University. She is the Founding Director of Hellenic Studies and has also been an active member of the Institute for Research on Women, Sexuality and Gender (IRWSG), the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), the European Institute and the Istanbul Global Center. Her books include Kassandra and the Censors, The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding, The Scattered Papers of Penelope, and most recently Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, winner of the London Hellenic Prize (2016). Her essays and translations have appeared in The Guardian, LARB, and World Literature Today. She is working on a book entitled A Different Alphabet that examines the ways in which translingualism becomes a resource for rethinking the relations between migration, translation, and world literature.


Here to create. From ACT to adidas and the forefront of global retailing.

Don’t compare yourself to others; persevere through the hard times; learn from everyone; be thankful and recognize the people that help you along the way. These simple and valuable lessons come from top manager and ACT Alumnus Thomas Tsotsos ’01.

Thomas Tsotsos is Senior Director Merchandising – Direct to Consumer (DTC) at adidas Germany. After graduating from ACT with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Thomas started working at Tchibo, a German chain of coffee retailers and cafés known for its weekly-changing range of products including clothing, household items, electronics and electrical appliances. In 2004 he assumed the position of Senior Planning Manager at adidas Germany and currently he is responsible for the company’s global retail buying and merchandising.

In his interview, Thomas stresses the solid education that ACT offered to him and describes the institution as a “hub of education, creativity and broadening perspectives in Northern Greece”.

Did your experience at ACT prepare you for the demanding business reality?

I am proud of my studies at ACT because they provided me with the right foundations to integrate into the business world. My first professional experience after ACT was at a large international company. I felt I was 100% ready for that and in the position to contribute and improve myself. 

I have to point out that during my studies it was important to give and take as much as possible. It was not only about attending the classes. In addition to the core skills, some of the most valuable experiences came from the group work and the extra-curricular activities which simulate a small-scale business environment. These opportunities allowed me to try, fail and learn in a safe environment.

What do you remember fondly from your ACT years?

Mostly I remember the people. The long-lasting friendships and relationships with students, professors, and staff, resulted in precious memories. From an academic perspective, the small class sizes, the diverse curriculum and the intense research and project work resonated very well with me.

What are some of the greatest challenges you have overcome in your current position at adidas?

adidas Germany has been growing at an exceptional rate in the last few years. However, this positive outcome means that every year the bar is raised. It becomes harder every year to repeat past successes.

My personal challenge was that my role changed over time from heading up a regional department to leading key projects of global scope. This required a very different skill-set and I had to learn “on the job”. In hindsight, this was an often hard, but ultimately a very important challenge to take on. My key takeaway is that to grow and stay relevant in an organization of this size and reputation, you need to constantly learn and upskill yourself.

Would you like to share some words of wisdom with ACT students?

Past success doesn’t guarantee future success. You need to keep up skilling and redefining along the way. I believe that entrepreneurship is the key: a sense of ownership characterizes high achievers regardless of the role they have in an organization. In this context, I would quote my dear friend and fellow graduate Christie Kostara and urge ACT students to “find their bliss”. Your main effort should be to define clearly what you love and what you’re passionate about and then do everything possible to make it a key ingredient of your career. The term “Work-Life balance” is a term often used in corporations as a goal of successful individuals. This is much easier to accomplish when you do what you love. That’s because you can self-motivate and stay committed to personal and professional growth. It’s easier said than done, and there will be compromises along the way, but you need to think of the long-term and try always to define and stay connected to your passion. Besides that I would advise:

  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Stay focused and keep building your skills for long-term success.
  • Persevere throught the hard times like rejection or failure. Don’t sugarcoat them, but also don’t let them demotivate you. Self-reflect and turn them to learning opportunities that accelerate your growth.
  • The professional environment is tough, it’s critical to work in alignment with your core values and maintain your integrity.
  • Learn from everyone, even from people you dislike. They can offer a different perspective.
  • Be thankful and recognize the people that help you along the way.

How would you describe ACT in a few words?

A hub of education, creativity and broadening perspectives in Northern Greece.


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