past events

2017

  • 29 January 2017: Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies gives a keynote speech at the annual official luncheon for the Hellenic Letters and Education with representatives of Greek primary, middle and high schools from the entire Midwest held at Chateu Ritz, Niles, Illinois and organized by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.
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    Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of the MGS Program at UIUC gives a keynote speech at the annual official luncheon for the Hellenic Letters and Education in Chicagoland, 22 January 2017

2016

  • 27 April 2016:  Houston Papadimitriou Greek Culture Award Ceremony
  • 14 April 2016: Dr. Arthur Nikelly Annual public lecture:  ‘From Missionary Schools to Franchised Universities: Transnational Interactions and the Transformation of the Greek Educational System,’ Dr. Tassos Anastassiadis, Dept. of History, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Co-sponsors: School of Literatures, Cultures and and Linguistics (SLCL), UIUC; Department of Sociology, UIUC; Russian East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC), UIUC and European Union Center (EUC), UIUC
  • 7 April 2016: Public lecture:  ‘The Spoiled Children of History: The Formation of the Greek State 18th-21st Centuries,’ Dr. Kostas Kostis Dept. of Economics, University of Athens,  Onassis Foundation visiting scholar Co-sponsors: The Onassis Foundation (USA), School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL), UIUC; European Union Center (EUC), UIUC
  • 10 March 2016:Public Lecture: ‘From the Peloponnese to the Prairie: Greek Confectioners in Central Illinois, 1800-1930’, Dr. Ann Flesor Beck, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University Co-sponsors: School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL), UIUC; European Union Center (EUC), UIUC.

2015

  • 4 December 2015
    Exhibition Private Showing: “The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great”
    (special event at the Field Museum in Chicago organized in partnership with the Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Alumni Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    At this exclusive event over 200 attendees experiences a private viewing of rare Greek antiquities (over 500 priceless treasures from 21 Greek museums – many of which never have been displayed outside of Greece), explored the museum’s Egyptian exhibit, enjoyed hors d’ oeuvres, beverages, met fellow alumni and enthusiasts of the Greek culture, and learned about the Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Highlights of the event were a presentation by the exhibition’s project manager, Susan Neill, and remarks by Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Ms. Polyxeni Petropoulou

    Event’s sponsors: Giordano’s Pizzeria; Gary and Debbie Greenspan; The Law Office of George C. Xamplas; Omega Restaurant & Pancake House; Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC; Leslie and Dan Vermillion; Flesor’s Candy Kitchen; UIUC European Union Center through support from US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program

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    MGS Director Dr. Stefanos Katsikas addressing the attendees before the private showing of the exhibition “The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” 12.04.2015 Field Museum, Chicago

  • 4 November 2015
    Video-Life Stories of Migrants in Greece
    Public lecture: Dr. Pavlos Kavouras , Music Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Onassis Foundation Visiting Scholar, Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC (November 1-8, 2015)
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    A packed audience listens to Dr. Pavlos Kavouras of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens deliver his lecture “Video-Life Stories of Migrants in Greece” 11. 04. 2015 Urbana

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    Dr. Pavlos Kavouras of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens delivers his lecture: “Video-Life Stories of Migrants in Greece”11. 04.2015 Urbana.

     

  • 30 October 2015
    Roundtable Discussion: “Greece and the Future of the EU”
    The event is part of a working conference for regional college faculty organized by the European Union Center (EUC), UIUC. Roundtable participants included: Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director, Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC, Dr. Benjamin Lough, Social Work, UIUC; Mr. Michael McGowan, former British Member of the European Parliament (MEP); Dr. Kolja Raube, visiting scholar, EUC, UIUC; Center for European Studies, Center for Global Governance Studies, KU-Leuven; Dr. Marina Terkourafi, Linguistics, UIUC; Moderator: Dr. Anna Westrstahl-Stenport, Director, European Union Center (EUC), UIUC.
    The Roundtable Discussion “Greece and the Future of the EU” is available here.

  • 1 May 2015
    MGS Meeting of Donors
    MGS donors from Hellenic Studies Support Network of Chicago George Reveliotis, John Goularas, and Ed Baharis, meet with Dean Barbara Wilson, currently acting Chancellor of UIUC, Jean-Philippe Mathy, Director of the School of Literatures Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL), and MGS Advisory Board to celebrate their pledge for continuing support to the MGS Program.
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  • 16 April 2015
    The Greek War of Independence in Global Perspective
    MillerComm Lecture: Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History, Columbia University
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  • 26 February 2015
    Mixing in the Mediterranean Middle Ages: Canon and Case Studies in the Arts of Medieval Interaction
    Public Lecture: Dr. Heather Grossman, Architecture/Medieval Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 9 February 2015
    Out from Caves: Greek Orthodox Religious Culture in Late Ottoman Cappadocia
    Public Lecture: Tom Papademetriou, Constantine and Georgeian Georgiou Endowed Professor of History, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


    2014


  • 5 December 2014
    Hellenic Studies Support Network Dinner
    Hellenic American Community Center, Chicago, IL
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  • 3 December 2014
    God Loves Caviar (O Theos Agapaei to Chaviari)
    Movie Evening: Introduction by Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies

  • 11 November 2014
    Greek Economic Crisis and the City of Athens: A Discussion with the Deputy Mayor of Athens
    Public Lecture: Dr. Thanos Veremis, Emeritus Professor of History, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Vice-President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Deputy Mayor of Athens

  • 30 October 2014
    History Between the Academic and the Public Domain: A Conversation
    Panel Discussion at the University of Illinois at Chicago, co-sponsored and co-organized by the Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Dr. Thanos Veremis (Emeritus Professor of History, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Vice-President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Deputy Mayor of Athens, Dr. Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science & Director, Program on Order, Conflict and Violence, Yale University, Dr. Leon Fink, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • 29 October 2014
    What Varies and What Does Not Across Civil Wars: Comparing the Greek Civil War to the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
    MillerComm Lecture: Dr. Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Sciences & Director of the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence, Yale University
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  • 3 October 2014
    Houston-Papadimitriou Award Ceremony, Program in Modern Greek Studies (UIUC)
    Awardee: Hephestion Bolaris (sophomore, Majoring in Classics)
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  • 13 September 2014
    Modern Greek Studies Benefit Dinner
    Public Benefit Dinner for the Program in Modern Greek Studies (UIUC) at the house of Dr. Mary Kalantzis (Dean College of Education, UIUC) and Dr. William Cope (Professor, College of Education, UIUC) in Champaign

  • 8 May 2014
    Twice a Stranger
    Documentary Film Screening on UIUC campus

  • 7 April 2014
    Apologia for 20th Century Modern Greek Music
    2nd Annual Arthur G. Nikelly Lecture by Gail Holst-Warhaft, Cornell University
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  • 17 March 2014
    Photographic Exhibit by Kathryn H. Anthony
    MGS Advisory Board Member Professor Kathryn H. Anthony, UIUC School of Architecture, representing UIUC with her photographic exhibit on display at Greek Celebration, Neighborhoods of the World, Crystal Gardens, Navy Pier, Chicago
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  • 3 March 2014
    How Important Was 1453?

    Public lecture by Dr. Molly Greene, Professor of History, Princeton University

  • 12 February 2014
    Never on Sunday (Pote ten Kyriaki), directed by Jules Dassin
    Film Screening on UIUC campus


    2013


  • 3 December 2013
    There is No End to the Mourning Here: Giving an Account of the Precarious Self in Greece of the Crises
    Public lecture by Dr. Neni Panourgia, Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and the new School of Social Research, New York

  • 14 November 2013
    A System Fit for Purpose: The Challenges of Governance in Greece
    MillerComm Lecture:Professor Kevin Featherstone, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

  • 13 November 2013
    EU, Eurozone and the Greek Economy: Future Prospects after the 22 September 2013 Federal Elections in Germany
    Breakfast presentation at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Guest Speakers: Professor Kevin Featherstone, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE; Professor Jacques Mistral, Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris; Pierre Keller, Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC

  • 5 November 2013
    Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922

    Screening of the documentary film "Smyrna" followed by Q&A session with the documentary's director and screenwrite, Mrs. Maria Iliou, and historical consultant, Dr. Alexander Kitroeff, who joined the event via Skype.
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  • 23 October 2013
    Captain Corelli's Mandolin, directed by John Madden
    Film screening on UIUC campus

  • 4 September 2013
    Zorba the Greek, directed by Michael Cacoyannis
    Film screening on UIUC campus

  • 18 May 2013
    3rd Annual Midwest Greek Linguistics Workshop
    Workshop with the participation of world distinguished linguists. See the site for the workshop here.

  • 10 April 2013
    The Greek Euro-Crisis: Between Government Failure and Failed Government
    Public lecture by Dr. Vassilis Monastirotis, Hellenic Observator, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

  • 8 April 2013
    Writing Greek History in the 21st Century

    Arthur D. Nikelly Lecture by Dr. Thomas Gallant, Nicholas Family Endowed Professor in Modern Greek History, University of California, San Diego
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  • 2 April 2013
    Readings from the Novel "The Green Shore"

    Public lecture by Dr. Natalie Bakopoulos, Greek-American novelist, University of Michigan

  • 1 April 2013
    Improving Access to Education for Greek Roma
    Public lecture by Dean Mary Kalantzis, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Dr. William Cope, Professor of Education, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 9-10 March 2013
    2nd Champaign Greek Film Festival
    Film festival held at the Art Theatre of Champaign screening twelve films. See the event site here.

  • 8 March 2013
    Between Home and Homeland: Migration and National Dilemmas Across the Bulgarian-Greek Border in the Early Twentieth Century
    Public lecture by Dr. Theodora Dragostinova, Department of History, Ohio State University

  • 27 February 2013
    Peppermint
    Film screening on UIUC campus

  • 25 February 2013
    The Book of Yossipon and Jewish Nationalism in Greece (19th and 20th Centuries)
    Public lecture by Dr. Steven Bowman, Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati

  • 15 February 2013
    Consular visit by the General Counsul of Greece in Chicago

    Ms. Ioanna Efthymiadou; Consul's general participation at a panel discussion in the afternoon session of the EU Day.

  • 4 February 2013
    Greece's Opening to the Soviet Block in the Early 1970's: A Conscious Diplomatic Strategy?
    Public lecture by Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Program in Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    2012

  • 11 December 2012
    Christmas Greek Food Sale

    Organized by students of the Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 5 December 2012
    El Greco
    Film screening on UIUC campus

  • 4 December 2012
    Islam and Shariah Law in the Making of Modern Greece
    Public lecture by Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Program in Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 29 November 2012
    Arnold J. Toynbee: The English Historian of Greece, the Byzantium and the World/History/Civilization (1889-1975)

    Public lecture by Dr. Walter Kaegi, Professor of History and voting member of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

  • 18 November 2012
    Centenary Anniversary Symposium co-organized with the Macedonian Society of Greater Chicago

    Symposium organized for the centenary anniversary of the end of the Ottoman rule in Thessaloniki held in the Ruke Realty Auditorium, Chicago.

  • 3 October 2012
    A Touch of Spice, directed by Tasos Boulmetis
    Film screening on UIUC campus.


    2011


  • 14 March 2011
    Aegean Light: Watercolors and Sketches from the Greek Islands
    Public lecture by Paul Laseau, award-winning architect, artist, and author, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Ball State University