With Leaders on Capitol Hill

For the 2009 Athens Fellows, some very special doors open up on Capitol Hill | Athens Fellows meet in the Senate with SEN. OLYMPIA SNOWE

In-depth briefings with diplomats and think-tank leaders

Athens Fellows get the inside picture from diplomats at the Greek and Cypriot embassies, the State Department and leaders from Washington’s think-tanks | Athens Fellows at the GREEK EMBASSY

Dinner with Senator Paul Sarbanes

Athens Fellows join the legendary Senator from Maryland for a memorable dinner, followed by an inspiring Master Class in a classical setting | SEN. PAUL SARBANES greets the Athens Fellows

Meeting the Leaders of the New Greece

The Athens Fellows sit down with an impressive array of articulate, dynamic leaders who are taking this country to the next level. | Athens Fellows with Secretary General GIORGOS ANASTOPOULOS

Looking at Modern Greece from every angle

From ship-owners to newspaper editors, and think-tank professors to business leaders, Athens Fellows go right to the top to see where today’s Greece is headed | Athens Fellows with ship-owner NIKOS TSAKOS

The Marvels of Ancient and Modern Greece

The Athens Fellows delve into the many wonders of Greece, ancient and modern | Athens Fellows under Syntagma Square with the builder of the new Athens Metro: CEO & engineer LEONIDAS KIKIRAS

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    Michael Monovoukas — Princeton University The value of my experience as an Athens Fellow became clear as we were immersed in seminars with brilliant and successful Greek and American leaders and thinkers, and we were treated with the utmost respect. ________________________________________________________ Having only been to Greece once before, the Athens Fellowship has given me tremendous […]

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    Meet 2009 Athens Fellow John Pappas

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