The Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston, celebrated on October 28 its 10th Anniversary within a highly grandiose event.
The Chair had been inaugurated on Monday 10, 2001, just one day before the terrorist attack at the world’s Trade Centre had made the whole world stand still. In fact, the same tragic event proved how much modern countries are depending on one another, while the need to better understand the workings of the modern world ever deepens.
Therefore, the Karamanlis Chair aims at building, supporting, and reaffirming the strong Euro-American and Greek-American relations. Its main purposes are to promote the scholarly study of Greece, its neighborhood, and Europe at large in one of the world’s leading academic communities, while honoring a towering figure of Greece’s recent past, Constantine G. Karamanlis.
The Chair was founded at the initiative of the Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation in Athens, led by Ambassador Petros Molyviatis and Minister Ahilleas G. Karamanlis, and then Dean of The Fletcher School, General John Galvin, while its endowment has been supported by many friends of Constantine Karamanlis and the Fletcher and Tufts community.
Many prominent academic figures have taught at the Karamanlis Chair so far, including Mr. Thanos Veremis, Mr. George Prevelakis, Mr. Dimitris Keridis, Mr. Constantine Lavdas, Mr. Alexander Yiannis, Mr. George Mavrogordatos and Mr. Michalis Psalidopoulos.
On the occasion of the Chair’s 10th Anniversary, Professor of the Macedonian University of Greece Mr. Keridis told Kathimerini daily that the Institution is trying to provide the necessary chances to Greek professors in order to both benefit from and contribute to an international academic environment. “Greeks need to help other nationals realize what Greece is about. Especially now, in such turbulent times. We must become useful both to ourselves and to others” added Mr. Keridis.