From the Tip of My Little Finger a River Flows, Yannis Ritsos’s Response to Dictatorship
UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture presents on world poetry month:
“From the Tip of My Little Finger a River Flows:
Yannis Ritsos’s Response to Dictatorship (1967-1970)”
Dr. John Kittmer, former British Ambassador to Greece,
in celebration of National Poetry Month
April 22, 2023
10:00 AM Los Angeles/8:00 PM Athens
Opening remarks by
Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States
Exclusive poetry reading by renowned Greek actor Stelios Mainas (Tetarti 04:45, Mystikes Diadromes, The Island)
In this talk, Dr. John Kittmer will examine Yannis Ritsos’s life and work during the poet’s imprisonment at internment camps by the Greek military dictatorship from 1967-1974. Particular focus will be given to Ritsos’s poetry as a response to the conditions he faced and the wider abuses of the dictatorship.
Dr. John Kittmer is a former British Ambassador to Greece and is the chair of The Anglo-Hellenic League. He has degrees in Classics and Modern Greek and wrote a prize-winning Ph.D. thesis on Yannis Ritsos.
This program is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
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