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The Program in Hellenic Studies is very pleased to announce the establishment of two new paths of study: a Minor in Modern Greek Language, Literature, and Culture (MGLLC) and a Minor in Hellenic Studies. These minors will be offered beginning in AY 24-25 for Columbia College and General Studies students. The Program currently also offers a Minor in Modern Greek at Barnard College.

More information about the requirements can be found here

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. 

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’. Both pieces point towards the need for a kind of translator and interpreter who is able to read context, who can look beyond the immediate text and situation to assess what is at stake, and then act upon their reading and their interpretation, exhibiting agency. Both authors offer a vision of translation and interpreting as an opportunity to rebalance a power dynamic. The transcript of the Zoom conversation has been edited and extended.

The transcript can be found here

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. 

Karen Van Dyck translates the poem All Alone by Greek writer Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke.

Read the poem and translator's note here

In her translation of a poem by Greek writer Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Karen Van Dyck asks how, when responding to wildfires in Greece and Canada, giving yourself to translating is like “giving yourself to plants growing.”

Read the poem and essay here

Columbia News features Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies, Professor Stathis Gourgouris, who discusses why C. P. Cavafy "belongs to the world on a global scale" and invites readers to attend the free events on May 1st at the SOF/Heyman Center and the Miller Theater.


Learn more about the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship HERE.

Warmest congratulations from the Program in Hellenic Studies!

University of Athens hosts Honorary Doctorate Confirmation Ceremony for Karen Van Dyck. 

Stathis Gourgouris translates poetry of groundbreaking Greek artist Lena Platonos for the book collection Piercing Red: Collected Poems and Lyrics 1984–2008.

For more information, click HERE