Hellenic Studies Program





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The Hellenic Studies Program, at Yale University, announces a series of events that addresses the cultural, social, political and academic aspects of Hellenism from late antiquity to today. Many of this year’s events are loosely structured under general title “Beyond Greece” and are a continuation and elaboration of our series of events entitled “Crossing Borders: Literary Exploration in Greece and Beyond.” The aim of the events is to highlight the diachronic diffusion and cross-cultural interactions of Hellenic culture with adjacent or distant societies. By focusing attention beyond the geographical limits of the modern Greek state, the events aim to bring to the foreground the richness and, on occasion, the challenges and problems of such cultural centrifugal cross-fertilizations. Events include an ancient Greek play in New York City, the dissemination of Greek cuisine, a Greco-Italian concert, two films and two lectures on the Greek diaspora communities in America and Australia, as well as a series of lectures entitled “Greeks and the East,” which examines intellectual and artistic interactions between Greek communities and their Eastern neighbors.

poster Wednesday, September 13 @ 4:30pm

The Hellenic Studies Program presents

The Stavros S. Niarchos Lecture

Lydia Koniordou
Actor and Director, National Theater of Greece

“Greek Tragedy and the
National Theater of Greece”

Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Sunday, September 17

Aeschylus’ The Persians
Citicenter, NYC

By popular demand, the world-renowned National Theatre of Greece returns to New York City Center (September 16-20)!  The Persians (Persae) is the oldest surviving play in history, and the only surviving Greek tragedy dealing with a non-mythical theme. The play celebrates the final defeat of the armies of Xerxes in the sea-battle of Salamis (480 B.C.). After it was performed in 472 B.C. in Dionysia, Aeschylus (who himself fought in that battle) was awarded the first prize. The play is not only a boastful picture of the Greek triumph over the Persians, it is solemn warning addressed to both victors and vanquished. It is a vision of divine justice humbling the pride of nations, a moral lesson on tyranny that touches the heart and conscience of each oppressor, whether Greek or barbarian. For more information you can also visit http://www.nycitycenter.org/

Prices: The group prices are listed below:
Full Ticket                          $35.00 $55.00 $75.00
Groups of 15-19 $29.75             $46.75             $63.75
Groups of 20+                     $25.00 $44.00 $60.00

Signing Up: Please respond to Debra Christopoulos (debra.christopoulos@yale.edu, or at 432-9346) indicating the price range you prefer. Note that discounted prices depend on number of people interested so if less than 15 people sign up we will all need to pay full price.

Free Transportation: The Program will provide free transportation leaving Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse avenue, at 10:00 Am and returning from New York City center at 4:30 PM.


Wednesday, October 11@ 4:30pm

Kopiaste!  Greek Food, Public Health and Policy I:
Scientific Evidence on Benefits of the Greek Diet

Welcoming Remarks:
Tassos Kyriakides,Yale School of Medicine
Demetris Trichopoulos, Harvard University
Pagona Lagiou, University of Athens

Moderator: Lowell Levin, Yale University

Featured food: Greek wine, olives and olive oil

Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Monday, October 16 @ 4:30pm

Giorgos Antoniou, Ph. D. candidate, European University Institute, Florence
“Clio and Mnemosyne: The History and Memory of the Greek Civil War in Post-War Greece”

Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue


Monday, October 23 @ 4:30pm

Nikos Panou, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University
“Toward a Conceptual History of the Greek Diffusion in Pre-modern Balkans: Gabriel’s Vita of Patriarch Niphon II (∫1508) and The Political Production of Faith in Early Sixteenth-Century Wallachia”

Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Friday, October 27 @ 8:00pm

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Greek-Italian Folk Music Concert

Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange Street, New Haven
directions to Trinity Lutheran Church


Monday, Novemer 6 @ 4:30pm

Greeks and the East Series

Dimitri Gutas, Near Eastern Language and Civilization, Yale University
“’We belong to the East:’ Greeks and Arabs Through the Ages”

Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Wednesday, November 15 @ 4:30pm

Kopiaste!  Greek Food, Public Health and Policy II:
Perspectives of New York Greek Executive Chefs

Diane Kochilas, Food Writer and Consultant, Athens & US
Jim Botsacos, Molyvos Restaurant
Gregory Zapantis, Thalassa Restaurant
Michael Psilakis, Onera and Dona Restaurants

Moderator: Diane Kochilas

Featured food: Greek wine, feta and other cheeses

Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue


Monday, November 27 @ 4:30pm

Greek Diasporas: Legacies, Prospects, and Challenges

Lectures by Martha Klironomos, San Francisco State University and
George Anagnostou, Ohio State University

Film Screening of Head On, Greek-Australian production, directed by Ana Kokkinos @ 6:30pm

Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue


Wednesday, December 6 @ 4:30pm

Greek Food Fest 

Part of Kopiaste!

Luce Common Room, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

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