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2nd Annual Niki Marangou Memorial Lecture

7 Feb John Kittmer lecturing

Location: Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou Street, Kolonaki, Athens

Please join us for the 2nd Niki Marangou Lecture, to be held in Athens. Our speaker will be Dr John Kittmer, Chair of The Anglo-Hellenic League, former British Ambassador to Greece, and recent PhD King’s College London. The title of his presentation (in Greek) is: ‘Anglo-Hellenism: Adventures in Cultural Exchange’.

This lecture is made possible through the sponsorship of Mr Constantis Candounas in collaboration with the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London.

John Kittmer is a passionate Hellenist. He learned ancient Greek at school, and went on to study classics at the University of Cambridge, where he gained a BA (Hons). After research at the University of Oxford in ancient Greek literature, he became a civil servant and spent 24 years in several Government departments, including the Department for Education and Employment, the Cabinet Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From January 2013 to December 2016, he was British Ambassador to Greece. John has a long association with the Centre of Hellenic Studies at King’s College London. He gained an MA in Modern Greek Studies in 2007 and left the British Diplomatic Service in 2017, to complete his PhD on Yannis Ritsos, also at King’s College London. He graduated in 2019 and is now working on several publications based on his doctoral researches. John is a member of the board of Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp., a Greek shipping business, and chairs the Anglo-Hellenic League, a charity dedicated to the promotion of friendship and understanding between Britain and Greece. He blogs and tweets in English and Greek.


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