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.

Program in Hellenic Studies

Department of Classics
617 Hamilton Hall
1130 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 2680
New York, NY 10027


Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies                               

Ioannis Mylonopoulos

(212) 854-0170

903 Schermerhorn Hall
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nikolas P. Kakkoufa

(212) 851-9422


601 Hamilton Hall

Program Coordinator

Ioanna Messini-Skordas

(212) 851-0297


617 Hamilton Hall 


Nov 2
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 5:00pm

The 8th biennial pedagogy workshop for faculty teaching Modern Greek language and culture courses will take place in NY on Friday 2nd November and Saturday 3rd November 2018 and will be hosted by Columbia University. We would like to invite you to participate in this event to take the opportunity to discuss the future of language learning and teaching in Higher Education in USA. 

Apr 20
4/20: Austerity Measures | Book Launch
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Book Launch: Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry (Penguin, 2016).

A multi-media performance of Greek poetry and much discussion of the relation between art and politics in hard times.

Apr 8
Poetry Reading & Discussion with Iossif Ventura
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
316 Hamilton Hall

The Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University invites you to a
poetry reading & discussion with Iossif Ventura

“The poem’s translation as its second life adventure
in a parallel world”

Translating the Jewish poets of the Middle Ages and “TANAIS”

Light reception to follow.

Mar 23
Modern Greek Seminar | Stefanos Tsivopoulos’s documentary-fiction Eleusis
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
467 Schermerhorn

The Modern Greek Seminar at the University Seminars Program
& The Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University
invite you to the screening of Stefanos Tsivopoulos’s documentary-fiction Eleusis (2012)

To be followed by a discussion with the director, Stefanos Tsivopoulos

respondent Soo-Young Kim (Columbia)  

The event is co-sponsored by Columbia’s School of the Arts


Feb 11
02/11: Modern Greek University Seminar on Austerity Measures with Christos Asteriou
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall

The Modern Greek Seminar at the University Seminars Program
& The Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University
invite you to a reading with novelist Christos Asteriou
translator Patricia Barbeito (RISD)
actor Jonathan Walker
respondent Karen Emmerich (Princeton)


The event is co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Translation Studies.