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As part of my annual Open Meeting report late last month I informed the assembled audience that there would be a changing of the guard at the Institute. After 13 years as the Director (and one year as the Acting Director in 1994/95) I will retire from this position at the end of this month. While the Institute’s Board of Directors re-evaluates the model for the directorship (residential in Athens vs Canadian university based) they have appointed Professor Brendan Burke (University of Victoria) as the Interim Academic Director for the 2018/2019 academic year.

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2-20-029 Lesbos: Moria, general views and details of the Rmoan aqueduct supplying Mytilene

Lesbos: Moria, general views and details of the Roman aqueduct supplying Mytilene (Professor Fred Winter, 1982)

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In central Greece, there’s a magical place called Meteora. It’s a land where alien rock formations jut out of a lush green forest, and monasteries balance along the tops of strange rock hills. It’s ironic that they seem ready to plunge off of those cliffs they perch on, since they’ve been there for 700 years. After eight months of living and traveling in Greece, there’s a familiarity to the Greek landscapes—each place is unique, but similar. My visit to Meteora was a reminder that Greece is always ready to surprise. Exactly when you think you know it, there’s something new to see.

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