The Program in Hellenic Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum in Modern Greek and Greek Diaspora Studies, interdepartmental support for graduate students working on Greece and the Balkans, and a series of events and conferences for the larger academic and Greek communities in the New York area. Under the auspices of the Classics Department, the Program allows students to study Greece through a contemporary lens and prepares them for further academic study and later professional work in the field. Students are encouraged to study in Greece in the summer and during their Junior year. The curriculum aims to build a strong linguistic base, a knowledge of the field, and a theoretical framework for analyzing cultural difference more generally.

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Recent News

February 12, 2024

New Study Abroad Opportunity

In partnership with the Columbia Global Centers and the Athens Global Center, the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement is excited to offer the Mediterranean Humanities in Athens seminar. The seminar will be led by Professors Konstantina Zanou (Italian Dept.) and Nikolas P. Kakkoufa (Hellenic Studies Program). 

An info session will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Registration is required. 

February 08, 2024

Interdisciplinary Conversations

A transcript for the conversation that took place over Zoom on 10 March 2022 between our very own Karen Van Dyck and Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Depts. of French and Philosophy) is available to read. The discussed centered around Van Dyck's  ‘Migration, Translingualism, Translation’ and Diagne’s ‘Cultural Mediation, Colonialism and Politics: Colonial Truchement, Postcolonial Translator’.

January 23, 2024

Spring Semester Events from the Justice Forum

The Justice-in-Education Initiative (JIE) provides Columbia students and faculty with an interdisciplinary framework for understanding criminal justice issues by supporting the development of new course offerings within the curriculum that engage contemporary issues of justice. The Leros Humanism Seminars/LSH/ΣΛ are co-sponsored by the JIE. 

Please see the upcoming events hosted by the Justice in Education Initiative at Columbia University. 


Stathis Gourgouris

Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies   
Classics/ English/ ICLS
608 Hamilton Hall, New York, NY 10027
+1 212 854 3902
[email protected]

Nikolas P. Kakkoufa

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Classics
617A Hamilton Hall, New York, NY 10027
+1 212 854 3902
[email protected]

Eleni Gizas

Program Coordinator, Hellenic Studies
Department of Classics
617 Hamilton Hall, New York, NY 10027
+1 212 851 0297
[email protected]

Photo credits

Ο Καραγκιόζης στην Αμερική: του καραγκιοζοπαίχτη Δημήτρη Μανωλόπουλου; Stamps, from the Private collection of Neni Panourgia; Photo: Drapetsona, Petros Gourgouris (2014); Ρακένδυτοι: Σχέδια του Ραλλή Κοψίδη σχολιασμένα ποιητικά. Εκδόσεις Φαρφουλάς. Αθήνα, 2019; Giannis Stavrou, Private Collection (Athens); Καραγκιοζολόγιο (τεύχος 6, χειμώνας 2018); Kosmas Stathis, Private Collection (Athens).