American Studies Seminar
Studies Seminar was first established in 1993 and thus is already nearing its twentieth anniversary. Organized annually
and jointly by DEREE – The American College of Greece, the United States
Embassy and Panteion University, the seminar affords a comprehensive picture of
the United States through the examination of domestic trends and events that
have influenced American society.
seminar consists of lectures and panel discussions and takes place every spring
at the Downtown campus amphitheater. It is designed for college seniors,
graduate students, teachers, diplomats, journalists, businesspersons and other
professionals. The seminar features distinguished speakers from the academic,
diplomatic and business communities, who make presentations on a wide range of
topics relevant to both Greece and the United States and attendance is free of
Over the years, the
seminar has focused on such issues as the emergence of United States as a world
power, the outbreak of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and problems arising from
increased competition with Japan and the European Union.
Studies Seminar has proven to be extremely successful by any number of
criteria. Attended by participants from many countries, it has developed into a
forum for lively discussion and the energetic exchange of ideas. Academics and
diplomats alike agree that this will increase dialogue and understanding
between Greece and the United States and facilitate an informed discussion of
important international issues at all levels of Greek society.
Seminar Spring 2013
Twentieth Annual Athens American Studies
April 15–19, 2013
Title: Coming Together: How
Diversity and Tolerance Can Build a Stronger Nation
Further information & application forms:
Institute of International Relations
3-5 Hill Street, 105 58 Athens, Tel: 210 3312325, Fax:
DEREE – The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street, 153 42 Aghia
Office of Alumni Relations & College Events, Tel:
210 6009800, ext. 1109
Fax: 210 6009824, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seminar Spring 2012
Nineteenth Annual Athens American Studies
Title: Elections 2012: Political Systems, Global Politics
American Studies Seminar Spring 2011
Thirteenth Annual Athens American Studies Seminar,
March 28 – April 1, 2011
Title: The Changing Face of Society: Immigration, Integration, Diversity and Tolerance
Faculty Research Seminars
Held throughout the academic year, Faculty Research Seminars, give the entire American College of Greece community the opportunity to hear presentations of faculty research findings. Always engaging and enriching, Faculty Research Seminars are announced via email to the ACG community.
Research Seminars Fall 2009
The Impact of EU Structural Funds on FDI
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 13:40-14:55
Art Center Auditorium
By Odysseas Katsaitis and Dimitris Doulos
Odysseas Katsaitis and Dimitris Doulos are the first to give a lecture in the FRS series this year. Their presentation is of special relevance not only to economists, but to those who have commercial interests and are concerned about financial prospects in the EU. The lecture is entitled "The Impact of EU Structural Funds on FDI".
The effectiveness of EU Structural Funds on the economic performance of the receiving countries has been extensively investigated in the last 20 years. A few of these studies examined the role of corruption on the effectiveness of the funds. In this research we examine the role of corruption on the impact of structural funds in affecting foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. The results indicate that this impact depends on the level of corruption in the receiving countries. Specifically, in the case of countries with extensive corruption, the effect of structural funds on foreign direct investment inflows will be negative. The reason is that structural funds affect the allocation of productive recourses, and in countries with a high level of corruption they will increase the allocation of resources to unproductive activities.
The impact of shipping on climate change: how far can we go?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 3:00-4:00
By Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi
Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi will present her latest article, titled "The impact of shipping on climate change: how far can we go?", which was published in the Journal of International Maritime Law (vol. 15, issue 2, March-April 2009).
Traditionally, shipping did not fall within the scope of the problem of "climate change". The standard approach to controlling pollution at sea from seagoing ships is based on prevention, prohibition and punishment. This means developing a maritime safety culture aiming at zero accidents. This also implies that when polluting maritime casualties take place at sea, monetary sanctions and/or imprisonment penalties are imposed. Changing this approach would mean taking a different view of the role of the legislature, and adopting market-based measures. Progressively, the interest has shifted from sea to air: In 1996 ships were estimated to have contributed only about 1.8 per cent of the world's total carbon dioxide emissions. However, unless measures are taken, shipping is likely to contribute more significantly to air pollution. Could the introduction of pollution trading schemes in the area of air pollution by ships allow stakeholders to address the issue? In a trading scheme a pre-determined level of pollution is tolerated and gives rise to tradable permits. Trading schemes such as the Kyoto Protocol and the European Union Emission Trading Scheme are being used to reduce emissions in other areas of industry. The presentation briefly examines from a legal standpoint, the applicable regime on air emissions and assesses whether such trading schemes could also be applied to ships.
A Sociological Analysis of Potential Effects of Print Media on Hooliganism
Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 13:40
John S. Bailey Library, Room 115
By Anastasios C. Marcos
"A Sociological Analysis of Potential Effects of Print Media on Hooliganism" is the title of our next Faculty Research Seminar which will be presented by Anastasios Marcos. Once again, we will have the opportunity to participate in a FRS that focuses on the media, this time not in connection with history and the study of news, but from a sociological perspective in regard to the Greek athletic press, the way it presents sports events, and the potential effects this may have on sports fans.
Unruly behavior or hooliganism has been a controversial social phenomenon. Social researchers have historically associated hooliganism with athletic events in general and more specifically with soccer. The focus of the current research is on the fourth social power, print media, which exercise authority especially over juveniles who may be powerless and narrow-minded sports supporters. To elucidate the skillful control of print media over their readers, I have systematically analyzed the front page coverage of the 13 Hellenic daily athletic newspapers. A perusal of the findings buttresses the lack of value free journalism. Instead, sports journalists focus on more or less objective writing like reportage or interpretation, as I have analyzed in seven unique sport cases that occurred over a period of two years (2007-2009). Furthermore, it is evident that these journalists are inconsistent in regard to the first page coverage of the same athletic event. Obviously, their major objective is to convince a prospective buyer to purchase the specific newspaper that covers the ideology of his/her team. This, in turn, could induce fanatical fans to hooliganism.