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SOLD OUT: Conversations on Democracy

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This event is SOLD OUT. You are welcome to register on our wait list.

Reception to follow
A. S. Murray, Handbook of Greek archaeology. Vases, bronzes, gems, sculpture, terra-cottas, mural paintings, architecture, etc.(London: J. Murray, 1892). Boston Athenæum, Purchase, John Bromfield Fund, 1892.

R. Nicholas Burns and John McKesson Camp II

Conversations on Democracy

In celebration of the 135th anniversary of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, R. Nicholas Burns and John McKesson Camp II will discuss the ancient Greek roots of democracy, the current crisis in Greece, and U.S.-Greek relations.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a leading research and teaching institution dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present. Founded in 1881, the School provides students and scholars from over 190 affiliated North American colleges and universities with the opportunity to explore the full range of scholarly resources in Greece.

R. Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. Burns served in the U.S. government for 27 years, including a position as the U.S. Ambassador to Greece from 1997 to 2001. He is currently a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State.

John McKesson Camp II has been associated with the American School’s Athenian Agora excavations since 1966. Camp is one of the best-known archaeologists in the world and is regarded as the foremost expert on the topography of Athens and Attica. He is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

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