Other Lectures & Events
Friday, March 27, 2020
“The Note and the Word” by Alkinoos Ioannidis (Greek composer and singer, Athens)
Columbia University, 807 Schermerhorn Hall at 6:00pm
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.
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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?