welcome Message from the Director

katsikasWelcome to Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Our program has reached a historic milestone with many reasons to celebrate. We are pleased to announce that the program status has been upgraded from a language program at the Department of Linguistics into a comprehensive cultural program as an independent unit at the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL).

The Program in Modern Greek Studies continues to grow by offering more culture courses, further promoting research in Modern Hellenic Studies, and maintaining the program's high visibility and outreach with various academic and cultural events throughout the school year. Recent outreach efforts have succeeded in bringing many of the world's leading lights in Modern Hellenic Studies to campus to deliver invited lectures, providing special opportunities for students and faculty interaction throughout the university. Among these are: Professors Kevin Featherstone of London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London; Molly Greene of Princeton University; Thomas W. Gallant, University of California at San Diego; Stathis Kalyvas of Yale University; Mark Mazower of Columbia University; and Thanos Veremis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Deputy Mayor of Athens.

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The Program in Modern Greek Studies has receiveda commitment for a $420,000 gift, which upgraded its status, offering language as well as culture courses and with plans to establish a Minor in Modern Greek Studies. This significant gift is the result of a four-part initiative among 1) the Hellenic Studies Support Network of Chicago (HSSN), 2) the Onassis Foundation, 3) the Houston Family Foundation, and 4) the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at UIUC specifically for language instruction. The John S. Latsis Foundation has committed additional funds to the program to host eminent scholars from across the globe for lectures and seminars on topics relating to Hellenic Civilization.

Our goal is to seek a major endowment to establish a Center for Hellenic Studies ensuring that Modern Greek Studies remains in perpetuity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We welcome those of you who wish to contribute. Please contact:

1) Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director, Program in Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL), 3092D
Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Matthews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Tel: (+1) 217.300.7188
Fax: (+1) 217.244.8430
E-mail: skatsika@illinois.edu

2) Anthony Pomonis, Assistant Director of Development, University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
2111 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL 61821
Tel: (+1) 217.300.3470
E-mail: apomonis@illinois.edu

3) Or visit the "Giving" page.

kla'featherstoneThe program stimulates the discovery and diffusion of knowledge about the language, literature, arts, history, politics, economy, and society of modern Greece and explores past and current perspectives on Hellenism. This multi-disciplinary program defines its scope broadly to include not only post-independent Greece but also the period of Ottoman rule and later Byzantine Empire along with those aspects of early Byzantine, Hellenistic, and Classical times that have a bearing on the modern period. Objectives include:

  • Becoming a world-leading research and teaching hub attracting students and researchers to study and research Modern and wider Hellenism.
  • Running programs and offering degrees on Modern Greek Studies (e.g. Minor in Modern Greek Studies, Major in Modern Greek/Hellenic Studies, graduate programs such as a Masters and Ph.D.)
  • Building on existing strengths on the study of Hellenism at UIUC provided by other units - e.g. the Department of the Classics, the Department of History, the Department of Political Sciences - to offer interdisciplinary courses, programs and degrees in Hellenic studies (e.g. an interdisciplinary major and/or an MA in Hellenic Studies covering the period from antiquity to the present).
  • Assisting students and promising, talented junior humanities scholars from the USA, Greece, Cyrpus, and elsewhere abroad - especially students and promising talented international scholars whose career prospects are seriously challenged by the current Greek economic crisis - to advance their careers and transform their lives by becoming affiliated with a dynamic academic program at a world-class academic institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Transmitting knowledge and providing expertise on aspects on Modern and non-Modern Hellenism to the USA, Greece, Cyprus and the world.
  • Conducting outreach to the community through rich programs of events such as public lectures, film festivals, music concerts, theatrical plays, seminars, conferences, symposia, etc.
  • Allowing young Greek Americans and non-heritage students to develop and maintain strong links with Greece and Cyprus, reap the benefits of their rich cultural heritage, increase their academic and life experience through innovative study abroad and exchange programs as well as summer schools in Greece and Cyprus

We hope you enjoy browsing our pages and learning more about our work. We look forward to welcoming you to our classes and program events.