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Cancelled: 22nd Kimon Friar Lecture

We regret to inform you that the 22nd Annual Kimon Friar lecture has been cancelled due to the 24 hour strikes that were to be held at the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos,” on the dates: 9/10, 10/10, 12/10, and 13/10.

The lecture was to be delivered by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford on Monday, October 10, at Megaron – the Athens Concert Hall.

We hope to re-schedule the event in the near future.

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Pulitzer Awarded Novelist Richard Ford at the 22nd Kimon Friar Lecture

“Some Thoughts about Memoir”

The American College of Greece, in collaboration with Patakis Publications is honored to present the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Richard Ford, who will deliver this year’s Kimon Friar lecture, exploring the theme “Some Thoughts About Memoir.”

Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944, Richard Ford is the author of eleven books of fiction, including the New York Times best-selling novels Canada (2012), and the Frank Bascombe series, of which the second tome, Independence Day (1995) was the first book to be awarded both the Pulitzer Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Ford is a professor in the Columbia University School of Arts in New York City, including holding the position of the Emmanuel Roman and Barrie Sardoff Roman Professor in the Humanities. He is also an essayist, and often writes for newspapers across Europe. His work has been translated into 28 languages and has won numerous international awards, including the Prix Femina in France, The Princess of Asturias Prize in Spain, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the United States.

The 22nd Kimon Friar lecture will take place on Monday, October 10, in Megaron – Athens Concert Hall (Friends of Music Society multipurpose hall) at 19:00.

The lecture will be carried out in English, and simultaneously translated to Greek.

Introductory remarks will be given by Dr. Haris Vlavianos, author and Professor of History at Deree – The American College of Greece.

Open to the public / Free admission

When: Monday October 10, 19:00

Where: Multipurpose Hall, The Friends of Music Society, Megaron – Athens Concert Hall (Vas. Sofias Avenue and Kokkali Street, Athens)

Organized by: The American College of Greece, and the Attica Foundation in collaboration with Patakis Publications

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1456,

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President Horner at TEDx Academy: “You do not need a spectacular economy or a perfect political system to develop world-class universities”

On Saturday, October 1, the much anticipated TEDx Academy 2016 took place in the beautiful building of Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall. The annual event has come to be synonymous with thought-provoking dialogue, inspiring speeches, and a creative platform nurturing innovation and the exchange of ideas.

This year’s talks centered on the theme “Re-imagine Greece” featuring 18 distinguished speakers, among whom was Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece. Dr. Horner spoke to an audience of over 1,400 people in the second session of the day, titled “A Letter from the Future: Greece in 2030” sending an optimistic – yet achievable – message from our future reality.

After a brief and witty look into his family past, Dr. Horner unfolded his vision for the future through an inspiring, hopeful, and optimistic letter from 2030 that paints the picture of a very different Greece.

Year 2030: Greece on Top of Education


Drawing Credits: Inky Thinking

By 2030, the country learned to effectively leverage two of its strongest strategic assets, “excellent human capital and brand magic,” becoming an international center for education, with three Greek universities in the top 40 universities of the world.

The specific mention of three universities is based on Dr. Horner’s long experience as president of a university in Illinois, a state with the same population as Greece, that faces similar economic and political dysfunctions; yet, Illinois has three universities in the world’s top 40.

“Illinois is proof that you do not need a spectacular economy or a perfect political system to develop world-class universities,” said President Horner, suggesting that US “success stories” can be Greece’s way to a brighter future.

In present-day Greece of Dr. Horner’s vision, the country was able to achieve this feat of world-class higher education by reforming its educational system based on international best practices. President Horner explained the crucial pillars of the country’s transformation:

  • Ensuring institutional diversity, “allowing students to select the institution that will bring out the best in them,” and institutional autonomy, so that in both public and private universities, “international accreditation is the primary quality control mechanism, instead of bureaucratic government control.”
  • Reevaluating the significance of student choice and admission criteria, relying on students’ overall high school performance for entry to a university, instead of solely on their performance at the Panhellenic exams. “As a result, Greek families invest much less in expensive private tutoring, and students invest much more in the quality of their high school experience.”
  • Lastly, by nurturing a culture of philanthropy and solidifying the concept of financial support for universities, “billions of euros flowed to Greek public and private universities, providing the margin of excellence Greece needed to rise in the university rankings.”

President Horner was warmly applauded for his ability to show the audience a very hopeful, but plausible future for Greece. As a true orator, he saved the best for last… Enjoy the full speech!

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George M. Logothetis on Campus – Empowering Youth

The American College of Greece is honored to welcome, once again, on campus, Mr. George M. Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, for a Q&A session on empowering youth.

George Logothetis is Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, an international business which controls 30 subsidiaries operating across six continents. The group is focused on aviation, energy, finance and diversified, hospitality, real estate, and shipping.

Empowering young people is not simply the theme of the discussion to take place on September 30 at the Upper Level Library. The Libra Group was founded on the core values of integrity, respect and trust – principles that continue to drive the organization today, in business and beyond. As Mr. Logothetis says, “If you believe in people, you give them the oxygen of possibility,” an ethos embodied in the numerous Libra programs and initiatives which are broadly linked to the themes of community support and assisting people who have been denied or experience limited opportunity.

Since 2011 when Libra established its Internship Program, which has now expanded to take in over 120 interns each year, the group has been working with ACG to provide opportunities for students to work alongside industry professionals and discover the world of work through the eyes of an international business. These internships are fully supported and aim to give interns the best possible environment in which they can develop and hone many of the skills they will need for their future career.

The internship experience is providing a number of benefits for the students who participate, including networking, professional development opportunities and ultimately preparation for the workplace. The Libra Internship Program is exemplary and has been used as a template for many other major businesses in setting up their own scheme.

Join us at the Library for an engaging conversation that can motivate you as a student and inspire you as an emerging leader! Find out more about the event here.

George M. Logothetis at the 2016 Concordia  Summit


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President Horner at TEDxAcademy 2016

TEDx is the independently organized tangent of the global community of the non-profit organization TED which, through inspiring and motivational talks, explores how issues such as technology, design, education, human rights, and science can affect us personally and globally.

This year, the annual TEDxAcademy event is set to spark a deep conversation on the future of Greece, and to reignite our imagination and hope to “RE Imagine Greece.” 18 speakers from all corners of the world will set up the foundations of the discussion, each sharing their “Vision for Greece 2030.”

In Session II: A Letter From The Future, ACG President David G. Horner will share his vision for “Greece in 2030: On Top of Education,” in a talk about the future of the Greek youth in the greater context of education. Dr. Horner’s speech will take place Saturday, October 1 at 15:00, at Megaron, Athens Concert Hall.

The American College of Greece is honored to participate in such a thought-provoking and hopeful event, showcasing the power of collective thought on a global scale.

For more information, the program, and to get tickets, please click here.

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HUMARKETING: A Conference for a Cause

On Monday, September 26, The American College of Greece was honored to host HUMARKETING, a conference by industry specialists, for a great cause: to support one of their own, Thodoris Tsemperoulis, after he suffered a heart attack. All of the proceedings from the conference tickets, as well as company and individual donations, are to be donated to the Filoktitis Medical Center to cover a portion of the rehabilitation costs, in hope of helping their colleague keep fighting.

The event run with the theme of “Marketing as it should be. Human” and was organized by DIRECTION BUSINESS NETWORK in collaboration with the Greek Association of Branded Product Manufacturers (ESVEP), and Hellas Efficient Consumer Response (ECR).

The Pierce Theater was filled with a bubbling crowd from the fields of marketing and advertising, sales and customer service, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and more.

The introductory remarks were given by Vaggelis Papalios, DIRECTION BUSINESS NETWORK publisher, who thanked ACG and said, “Though our industry might seem like a battlefield at times, today I’m reminded that there it has a human face.” Indeed, the event received the support of 14 statutory bodies, a first for Greece, setting an important precedent for the future. “Marketing must be, above all, human” said Papalios, adding that the theme of the conference was greatly inspired by Tsemperoulis, “a marketer who never stopped being human.”

Nikos Karageorgiou, ESVEP President, briefly added to Papalios’ remarks saying, “I am proud. We are proud, because this conference is an extremely important and symbolic event.”

Claudia Carydis, VP for Public Affairs at ACG, congratulated the conference organizers and warmly welcomed the attendees to our campus, saying, “It also gives us great pleasure to see so many familiar alumni faces in the crowd!” VP Carydis briefly introduced the audience to the giving legacy of ACG, adding that, “We are grateful to be able to offer this space and, in so doing so, help today’s cause.”

The conference began with a presentation by Marc Croonen, Chief Sustainability, Transformation & Communication at Ahold Delhaize, an international food retail group with over 375,000 associates and a leading retailer in CSR. Exploring the concept of sustainable retail as “the pathway to human connection” Croonen began by saying, “I am lucky to be here on behalf of an organization that wants to go beyond profit; that wants to make things happen for people.”

Croonen discussed the group’s efforts to actively embrace several of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adding that most of the global goals are relevant to food retailers as well, and provide a much needed framework and starting point. “From then on, you focus on what you do best; we can’t change the whole world, but we each can take our responsibility,” Croonen said.

Andreas Athanasopoulos, Managing Director & Vice Chairman at Dixons SouthEast Europe – Kotsovolos, shared his insight on the crucial differences between “human marketing” and “marketing to humans.”

The conference speakers further included Panagiotis Boretos, Commercial Director and Deputy Managing Director at IRI Hellas, Dimitris A. Mavros, Managing Director at MRH Hellas SA and President of the Association of Greek Market & Opinion Research Companies (SEDEA), as well as Konstantinos Macheritsas, President of the Institute of Retail Consumer Goods – GR (IELKA).

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Shaping the Future at the Athens Democracy Forum 2016

The American College of Greece was honored to participate for the second time as an education partner in the Athens Democracy Forum, organized annually by the International New York Times (INYT) in cooperation with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), the City of Athens, and Kathimerini.

Held on September 14-18, the Forum was “anchored” on September 15, the International Day of Democracy, and took place in various locations of historic and cultural importance including the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens, the National Library of Greece, Zappeion, the Acropolis Museum, Stoa of Attalos, the Roman Agora, and Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall.

With the theme “Religion, Migration, Power & Money,” the 5th annual forum tackled crucial current issues such as the rise in popularity of authoritarian leaders, the volatile discussion of ethnic identity and inclusiveness with regard to open borders, and religion’s questionable compatibility with the values of true liberal democracy.

An agora-styled discussion between politicians, scholars, diplomats, journalists, and thought leaders, has the potential to build the strong foundations necessary for lasting social change, especially when such a dialogue takes place in the heart of the ancient city which birthed the very ideals of democracy.

The Forum was attended by prominent figures from politics, business, and more, boasting an impressive array of speakers and panelists, including economist and former Italian PM Mario Monti, H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos, and the VP of the Academy of Athens and former Greek PM Lucas Papademos.

They were also joined by Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Australian PM; Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch; Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO; and Edward J. Snowden, former U.S. Intelligence Officer, Whistleblower, and Director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, who joined via teleconference.

Awarded columnists and senior journalists of the New York Times (NYT) and delegates of the United Nations (UN) also participated, including the famous NYT op-ed columnist Paul Krugman, and UNDEF executive head, Annika Savill. Greek representatives also included Yorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Loukas Tsoukalis, economist, professor, and president of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), and Alexis Papahelas, executive editor of Kathimerini.

Among the many powerful speeches and panel discussions, the words of NYT columnist Roger Cohen, from the keynote speech Democracy Under Challenge, stand out:

“A substantial number of people in our little democracies, feel they are being tossed hither and thither by forces beyond their control, nowhere more so than in Greece where national elections in recent years –and there have been a lot of them– have revealed an almost complete disconnect between the vote itself, and any tangible effect. What then is democracy? A mere game?”

As UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon expressed in his introductory video-message to the Forum, “In too many places, democracy is under assault,” and events of global importance such at the Athens Democracy Forum are crucial in order to stimulate a dialogue, and “discuss how to turn the democratic tide.”


UN Goal 4: Quality Education
Roundtable Hosted by ACG

One of the focal points of the Forum was the Lunch Roundtables, with each table holding an in-depth roundtable discussion for one of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) or Global Goals, that were conducted as a working lunch on the International Day of Democracy, at the iconic Academy of Athens.

As an education partner, ACG hosted the roundtable for Quality Education, the fourth of the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted globally after the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2015.

The complete list of attendees at ACG’s roundtable included the following guests:

Nikiforos Diamandouros (moderator)
European Ombudsman 2003-2013 and member, Academy of Athens

Nikos Alivizatos
Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Athens

Thimios Zaharopoulos
Provost, The American College of Greece

Claudia Carydis (project leader)
VP Public Affairs, The American College of Greece

Niki Boutari (project leader)
VP Marketing and Communication, The American College of Greece

Aristos Doxiadis
Partner, OpenFund

Niki Kerameus
Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Parliamentary spokesperson of the New Democracy Party, lawyer

Diomidis Spinellis
Professor, Athens University of Economics & Business

Cecile Inglessis Margelos
Translator, scholar, literary critic

Haris Vlavianos
History professor at Deree – The American College of Greece, writer

As the outcome of the ACG-hosted roundtable discussion on the goal to “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” three recommendations were submitted on the spot for consideration to the United Nations:

  1. Enhance both state and private initiative at all levels of education, in order to promote freedom, pluralism and diversity.
  2. Invest in means and technologies for active learning beyond the formal school system, using latest developments of technology, e.g. gamification.
  3. Actively encourage training of teachers in the use of new technologies, new methods and innovative curricula, in facilitating effective learning.

The American College of Greece is both honored and proud to play an active part in shaping the future of education on a global scale, and by doing so, standing true to our mission and vision “to add distinctive and sustainable value to our students as well as Greece, American education, Hellenic heritage, and the global community through transformative teaching, scholarship, and service.”
For more information, please see: the Athens Democracy Forum 2016, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Dean Thomas at Athinorama: Why Study Arts at Deree

Despina Zefkili from Athinorama  visited our campus numerous times this past year, attending a plethora of cultural events and exhibitions held and organized by the College. Within this context, she recently spoke with archaeologist and art historian Dr. Katerina Thomas, our Dean of the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts (FRSFPA).

The school was named in honor of renowned sculptor Frances Rich (1910-2007) who supported the College through a generous endowment, as well the donation of her own art collection, including pieces by the legendary Diego Rivera.

Beyond the establishment of the FRSFPA, the College has always had a special bond with the arts, amassing an impressive collection of over 3,000 artworks by artists such as Alexis Akrithakis, Michael Lekakis, Alex Mylona, Masaaki Noda, Theodoros Stamos, Yannis Tsarouchis, and Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas.
Dr. Thomas spoke about the many fascinating career paths a student can embark on through the School’s bachelor degree programs that range from Art History, Music and Music Performance, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts, to the newly established programs of Graphic Design and Contemporary Dance Practice.

On the added benefits of Deree’s programs, Dean Thomas said, “the School prepares students not only for graduate studies in European or US universities, but it also  equips them with the necessary skills, in order to respond to a demanding, globalized and highly competitive environment with success.”

To do so, the programs are designed in such a way as to ensure a holistic educational experience for the students, cultivating a wide array of transferable skills, including: analytical and critical thinking, proficiency in the English language, communication, IT, and research skills, as well as the ability to work independently or as part of a team.
Read the full interview with Dr. Thomas on athinorama (GR), and find out more about the programs offered by the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts.

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VP Andreou talks to Naftemporiki about Scholarship Opportunities at Deree

Dr. Dimitris Andreou, Vice President of Enrollment and Administration, recently spoke to the leading Greek newspaper Naftemporiki about the effects of the financial crisis on the youth’s educational prospects, and the role Deree has played in addressing the issue as a non-profit educational institution in Greece.

Journalist Sofia Emmanouil interviewed Dr. Andreou along with ACT’s Director of Admissions, Roula Lempetli, about the noted rise of need for financial assistance among the young generation. The article discusses how Greece’s two private, non-profit educational institutions offer equal access to quality education through scholarship programs.

Due to the ongoing economic crisis, countless families have seen their income substantially cut, resulting in more and more young people struggling to finance their education.

In response to this growing need, in the following year, 3.5 million euro will be offered to students through Deree’s extensive financial assistance program, which includes merit and need-based scholarships, academic and study abroad grants, paid internships, work-study placements, and more.

Read the full article here, where VP Andreou explains the many opportunities for financial assistance offered at Deree.