Alexander Kitroeff, Associate Professor of History, Haverford College

Event Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2004 - 14:15

"Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics" Haverford Professor Kitroeff tells a fascinating story of how Greeks and the international community have used, since the Olympic Games' revival in 1896, the symbols of ancient Greece for political, economic, and, occasionally, sporting purposes. Anyone who wants to understand the 2004 games and all the cultural imagery that will surround them, will find Wrestling with the Ancients necessary, as well as pleasurable, reading. Alexander Kitroeff was born in Athens, Greece and was educated in the United Kingdom where he received a B.A. in Politics at Warwick University in 1977, an M.A. in History at Keele University in 1979 and a D.Phil. in Modern History at Oxford University in 1984. His doctoral dissertation, completed at St. Antony's College, examined the history of the Greek diaspora in Egypt between the two world wars. Kitroeff was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies at Queens College CUNY between 1986-1989, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University in 1987, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University in 1989-1990 and Assistant Professor in the Department of History & the Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies at New York University between 1990-1996. In 1996 he began teaching at Haverford College, where he is presently Associate Professor of History.