Past Events


Fall 2019:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"Other people’s money and reforms: American aid in Greece’s post-war economy", a talk by Dr. Andreas Kakridis

Combining quantitative results from a newly constructed database with qualitative material from contemporary publications, policy documents and archives, the talk will attempt to address questions such as: What was the volume and nature of American aid in post-­war Greece, how was it utilized and what was its impact on economic performance? What were the conditions, institutions and policies a:ached to that aid, and how successful were US missions in using aid as leverage to influence domestic policy-­making, particularly in bringing about painful stabilisation and policy reform?
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Aivali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922
A journey in time... a previous refugee crisis in the Mediterranean... this graphic novel dramatically tells the story of Greeks and Turks living as neighbors in the town of Aivali and other places along the Aegean Sea during the late Ottoman Empire; their expulsion from their ancestral homelands during a population exchange of Greeks and Turks in 1922, known to Greeks as "The Catastrophe" or the Asia Minor Disaster; and their subsequent lives as refuges. 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
From Conflict to Synthesis: Religion in Greek and Turkish Nationalism, a lecture by Professor Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis (Bilkent University, Ankara)
While Greek and Turkish nationalism emerged under different political and social conditions, both faced a common challenge: to address the role of Orthodox Christianity and Sunni Islam in Greek and Turkish national identity respectively. Early attempts of both Greek and Turkish nationalist elites to dissociate national identity from religion threatened the popular appeal of the respective nationalist movements. They were eventually replaced by synthetic approaches, which reconciled religion and national identity in a fashion that has proven resilient and relevant to contemporary Greek and Turkish politics.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
“My Mother's Sin” by Georgios Vizyenos
“My Mother’s Sin”, an autobiographical short story written by Georgios Vizyenos in 1883 speaks of forgiveness, guilt and atonement in a confessional manner. The story's central figure is Annio, a sickly little girl, around whom the plot is developed. We follow the course of the girl's illness and the mother's vain efforts to save her, in order to redeem herself from a hidden sin. Absorbed in her daughter and her illness, the mother seems to have forgotten that she has three other boys, as well. After the death of her daughter, she proceeds to successive adoptions of little girls, evoking reactions from her remaining children.
For more information on this performance of "My Mother's Sin", please click here.
To view the trailer for this event, please click here.
CREDITS Adaptation: Rena Kyprioti Direction: Danae Roussou Interpretation: Rena Kyprioti. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

"A Vision all its own of Flesh" bodies in and beyond Cavafy’s work by Nikolas P. Kakkoufa 

This talk traces how the process of identity building and uncovering of sexual selves registers on the homosexual body. What types of bodies are produced and constructed through Cavafy’s poetry? Does Cavafy’s work constitute a rupture in the model of queer writing about the body of the 19th and 20th century?

Lecture Program Series 

Fall 2019:

Thursday, October 3, 2019

"Egg tempera and Modern Greek tempera-ment, Byzantium and Neohellenic art", a talk by Dr. Nikoleta Tzani 

The lecture examines the formative influence that the Byzantine revival, the cultural phenomenon of the so-called “Byzantinism,” had on the Greek artistic production at the end of the 19th and the first half of 20th century. It traces the gradual shift from the rejection of Byzantine traditions to the positive reappraisal of Byzantine artistic achievements both in Europe and Greece. Through analyses of selected artworks by painters such as Gyzis, Parthenis, Contoglou and Engonopoulos, the lecture situates the interest of Greek artists, who lived and studied in Europe, within the general aesthetic and artistic discourse of Modernism.


Fall 2018:


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"Poetry as a Time-Machine, Ancient Inscriptions in Cavafy's Work", a lecture by Professor Angelos Chaniotis 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
"Views of Athens in America", a lecture by ​​​​Dr. Theodoros Koutsogiannis 
Although Athens was considered the cultural capital of the ancient world and the artistic model for the West, “the mother of arts and philosophy” as Cicero put it, actual ancient remains in the city of Athens did not contribute significantly in shaping the artistic and architectural development of the Renaissance because of the Ottoman occupation. The city had to wait for the travelers of the “Grand Tour” and the continually burgeoning antiquarianism of the 18th century, in order to participate in the artistic movement of Neoclassicism. It was the depiction of Athenian antiquities in illustrated editions that played a crucial role in the diffusion of Athens’ image.Furthermore, a series of architects employed such editions as “model books” for the formulation of individual motifs and even entire facades in their own neoclassical works of architecture. Stuart and Revett’s monumental edition The Antiquities of Athens, in particular, became a reference work for neoclassical architects, especially for those who adopted the so-called Greek-Revival style. A great many public buildings in England and Scotland, Bavaria and Prussia, as well as the United States – especially in east-coast cities – make direct stylistic references to Athenian monuments.

Spring 2018:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Η Ελληνική Επανάσταση ως παγκόσμιο γεγονός (200 χρόνια μετά) Διάλεξη Κωνσταντίνου Τσουκαλά 

Το Γενικό Προξενείο της Ελλάδας στη Νέα Υόρκη σε συνεργασία με το Πρόγραμμα Ελληνικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Columbia, Ν.Υ. σας προσκαλεί στην διάλεξη με τίτλο: «Η Ελληνική Επανάσταση ως παγκόσμιο γεγονός (200 χρόνια μετά)» , την Πέμπτη, 19 Απριλίου 2018 και ώρα 6:00 μ.μ. - 8:00 μ.μ., στην αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων του Γενικού Προξενείου (69 E 79 th Street, New York 10075). Κεντρικός ομιλητής θα είναι ο Κωνσταντίνος Τσουκαλάς, Πρόεδρος του Ελληνικού Ιδρύματος Πολιτισμού.

Fall 2017:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Diaspora & return: Between nostalgia and ecalgia 

The Hellenic Studies Program of Columbia University, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Greece in New York, inaugurated its new lecture series titled 'Greeks Thinking about Today's World' with a lecture by the Greek poet and essayist Yiorgos Chouliaras, which took place on Tuesday, 14th of November, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Consulate General of Greece in New York.