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HCL Celebrates Anagnostopoulos Gift

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From left, Patrick Stynes, Photeine Anagnostopoulos, Dr. Michael Anagnostopoulos, Theresa Anagnostopoulos, James Stynes, and Michael Stynes, gather near a plaque recognizing the renewal of the Woodberry Poetry Room. The renewal was made possible by a gift from Photeine Anagnostopoulos in honor of her parents.

June 3, 2009 – Amidst the pre-commencement bustle, an intimate ceremony took place this week to celebrate the renewal of the George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room, and acknowledge the generosity of Photeine Anagnostopoulos, who made it possible.

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Anagnostopoulos, AB 1981, MBA 1985, made the gift in honor of her parents, Dr. Michael and Theresa Anagnostopoulos, who attended the ceremony, which included the unveiling of a plaque outside the Poetry Room by their grandson, Michael Stynes, AB 2009, and a dedication by Nancy Cline, the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

Cline said the room’s renewal will allow future generations of students to explore written and recorded poetry in a tranquil setting. Founded in 1931, the Poetry Room offers students, faculty, scholars and members of the public a comprehensive experience of the art-form: from written text, to audio and visual recordings, to live readings and events.

Photeine Anagnostopoulos read Emily Dickinson’s “Poem #657,” and her son, Michael Stynes read “Photeine,” an original composition dedicated to his mother, as part of the ceremony, which closed with toasts from Houghton Library’s Associate Librarian for Collections Tom Horrocks and Photeine and Theresa Anagnostopoulos.