Lecture Program Series

Lecture Program Series (in cooperation with the Consulate General of Greece in New York)

Spring 2020:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

CANCELLED “Unsettling Certainties in the Years of Depression: the Greek Theatre Paradigm” by Savvas Patsalidis (Department of American Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Consulate General of Greece in York at 6:00pm
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
CANCELLED “Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece: Kid pro quo?” by Gonda Van Steen (Koraes Chair of Modern and Byzantine History, Language, and Literature & Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College, London)
Columbia University, 807 Schermerhorn Hall at 6:00pm

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, 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.