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Shaping the Future & Honoring the Past
The Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is committed to promoting Hellenic and European studies in the United States while honoring a towering figure of Greece’s recent past.
The Chair’s endowment brings academic scholars to The Fletcher School and the Tufts University community, encouraging a renewed focus on modern Greece, Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the European Union, and the crucial role these regions play in world politics. The regular rotation of the holder of the Chair ensures its constant renewal, endows it with new perspectives and subject matters, and has a multiplying effect, as outgoing professors enrich their experience and provide permanent points of contact between their home institutions and Fletcher.
The Chair also forges a strong bond between the Boston area European and Greek communities and members of academia whose interests lie in current Greek and European issues. Through this bond, many opportunities will arise to deconstruct negative stereotypes, overcome obstacles to cooperation, and create innovative ways to move forward, inspiring a more compassionate and peaceful global security.
As funding efforts expand, the endowed Constantine Karamanlis Chair will form the core component of the planned Center for Hellenic and European Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, providing:
- a 1-3 year position for a distinguished scholar
- courses for graduate students at Fletcher and for undergraduates at Tufts University
- lectures for the community at large on Greece, the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the European Union
- working Papers and conference publications
- round-table discussions, debates and conferences
- advanced research
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.
Since January 2023, the Chairholder is Professor Photini Pazartzis, on leave from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Law.