The Modern Greek Studies Program does not restrict its activities only in campus, but aims to provide services to the wider society and to populations who do not have access to the services which our students have in an attempt to raise awareness of and contribute to the study of Greek language, history, society and culture. During the last academic year the following outreach activities were organized by the program:

  • On October 10, 2012 an interview of the new Director of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, was published in the oldest Greek newspaper in Chicago, “The Greek Star”. Dr. Katsikas was interviewed by the Greek Star’s Associate Editor, Mrs. Maria Karamitsos, on his educational background, his decision to join Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois and his plans for the program.

You can acccess Dr. Katsikas' interview on "The Greek Star" newspaper of Chicago by clicking on this link:

  • On October 18, 2012 at 10:00am (CDT) the Director of Modern Greek Studies, Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, took part on the radio program “Focus” on the WILL/Illinois Public Media Program to discuss the recent decision by the Nobel Committee to award the European Union the Nobel Peace Prize. The interview was arranged by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and besides Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, to the discussion contributed Jo├ťo Vale de Almeida, the European Union Ambassador to the United States, and John McCormick, Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.

You can access Dr. Katsikas' interview on the radio program "Focus" on the WILL/Illinois Public Media Program by clikcin on this link:

  • Our program assisted the Macedonian Society of Greater Chicago with the organization of a symposium for the centenary anniversary of the end of Ottoman rule in Thessalonike and its annexation to the Greek state (informally in October 1912, formally in May 1913 with the end of the First Balkan War). The symposium took place on November 18, 2012 at 14:00 in the Duke Reality Auditorium of the “Riverway East” bldg (6133 North Rive Road) in Rosemont, IL (Greater Chicago). The event was sponsored by Ted and Erika Spyropoulos Foundation in Chicago. Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director of MGS, gave a presentation at the symposium entitled: “Thessalonike: The Imperial City at the Age of Modernity”. The event was attended by an audience of 200 citizens of Chicago and elsewhere and was followed by a dinner between the organizers and the speakers.

Poster of Macedonian Society of Greater Chicago Event Thessalonike Thorugh the Ages

You can acces Dr. Katsikas' Power Point Slide Presentation: "Thessalonike: The Imperial City at the Age of Modernity" by clicking on this link:

  • As part of an efforts to enhance its outreach to wider society, the program suggested to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI: http://olli.illinois.edu/ ) to offer an eight-week course in the spring semester of 2013, an offer which was accepted by OLLI’s course curriculum committee and a joined course offered to the members of OLLI every Friday 09:30-11:00am from February 1 to March 27 2013 by affiliated faculty to the Modern Greek Studies Program (MGS). The course was entitled: “Constructing Greek Identity (-ies): Greeks and the Others from Antiquity to the Modern Times” and was structured as follows: 1) “From Panhellenism to the Greek-Persian Wars and the Athenian Empire” (Dr. Angeliki Tzanetou, Classics); 2) “A Greek Roman Empire” (Dr. Megan Mclaughlin, History); 3) “ ‘Byzantium after the Byzantium’: Greeks and Greek Identity in Ottoman Times (15th-19th centuries) (Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director MGS); 4) “Nation and State-Building in Modern Greece (19th and early 20th century)” (Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director MGS); 5) “Bulgarian Perceptions on Greeks and Hellenism (19th and 20th centuries)” (Prof. Maria Todorova, History); 6) “The Greek Language: The Question of Continuity and the Dialects” (Dr. Marina Terkourafi, Linguistics); 7) “Integration into the EEC/EU and the Greek National Identity (1981-)” (Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director MGS); 8) “Nationalism and Diglossia in Greece” (Nikos Vergis, Linguistics). Modern Greek Studies was paid $1,000 from OLLI for this course and course instructors agreed to resign from their right to claim any money in order for the entire amount of this payment to go to the Modern Greek Studies Program budget and pay for various expenses of the program. More information on this course can be found by accessing this website: http://olli.illinois.edu/courses/2013_Spring/Katsikas/Syllabus.pdf

The Second Annual Greek Film Festival in Champaign took place in March 9-10, 2013. The event co-organized with the FilmHellenes of Chicago and came almost a year after the successful First Greek Film Festival in Champaign, March 2-3 2012, which like the Second Annual Greek Film Festival attracted wide support across the University campus, the wider community of Champaign and the Greek community of Illinois and US Mid-west. This is well reflected on the wide range of sponsors who supported the event and included various and diverse academic units across campus, student organizations, the private sector and many others. The Festival featured contemporary, juried-selected films (feature-length, documentaries, shorts and student films) from Hellenic filmmakers worldwide. The two-day event included screening of 12 films at the Art Theater in Champaign (Downtown). The films were selected by a committee appointed by the Modern Greek Studies Program and were screened in the Second Annual Greek Film Festival organized by the FilmHellenes in Chicago, October 4-8 2012. The festival was attended by around 400 community members from different ethnic and age backgrounds. According to the level sponsorship, sponsors were divided in four different: a) Platinum Sponsors: Office of Public Engagement; School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and the European Union Center; b) Golden Sponsors: Department of Linguistics; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES); Pepsi Cola CU Bottling Co. (family owned business and operated since 1953); c) Silver Sponsors: Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC); Merry Ann’s Dinner; Exile on the Main Street; d) Bronze Sponsors: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. Organization of the event was assisted by OCE-Atlas Digital Media, the Hellenic Student Association (HAS) and the Hellenic American Student Organization (HASO). For more details on the program of the festival and other information you can visit the following website: http://www.moderngreek.illinois.edu/events/filmfestival2/

Poster Second Annual Greek Film Festival in Champaign 2013

  • Following the Second Annual Greek Film Festival in Champaign on March 23, 2013 the Board of Directors of the FilmHellenes in Chicago invited Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, to join the Board of Advisors and Associates of the FilmHellenes, an honor which Dr. Stephanos Katsikas was pleased to accept.

  • You can access the FilmHellenes Website by clicking on this link:

  • After an invitation by the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, the Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program in our campus, Dr. Stephanos Katsikas delivered a public lecture at Georgetown University on April 15 2013. Dr. Katsikas’ lecture was entitled “Muslim Political Involvement in Bulgarian Post-Communist Politics”, which aimed to explain the reasons leading to the establishment of “Muslim” political party in Bulgaria during the post-Cold War period and discussed the extent to which this development has contributed to a real improvement of Muslim’s political, economic and social life in Bulgaria and had a positive effect on Muslim-Christian relations. Dr. Katsikas’ public lecture was video-recorded and was uploaded on the program’s website.

You can access Dr. Katsikas' lecture at Georgetown University by clicking on this link: