|Andreas Dracopoulos (left), a member of the board of directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Provost Andrew Hamilton announced the new center.
New center promotes the study
of Hellenic culture and civilization
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has endowed a new center to promote the study
of Greek language, heritage and culture at Yale.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Yale will be
the major source of funding for the Hellenic Studies Program at the University’s
Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. The
program was launched in 2001 with funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation,
alumni gifts and University resources.
The Hellenic Studies Program encourages and coordinates the study of post-antiquity
Hellenic culture and civilization at Yale. It offers a comprehensive curriculum
in modern Greek and cooperates closely with the Yale Center for Language Study
in the development of technology-based teaching aids for modern Greek. As part
of its mission to put the study of post-classical Greece in a broad geographical,
historical and comparative context, the program has affiliations with faculty
members teaching courses in disciplines across the curriculum — including
history, history of art, Near Eastern languages and civilizations, political
science and religious studies, among others.
The program is co-directed by Stathis Kalyvas, the Arnold Wolfers Professor
of Political Science, and John Geanakoplos, the James Tobin Professor of Economics.
The program’s current faculty consists of George Syrimis, associate program
chair and lecturer in comparative literature; Maria Kaliambou, lector in modern
Greek; and Giorgos Antoniou, visiting lecturer in history.
In the last six years, the Hellenic Studies Program has organized more than
100 events, including conferences on topics ranging from Greek monuments to
Cyprus’ European accession, the Olympics and public health, among others.
In 2004, the program inaugurated the annual Stavros Niarchos Lecture. It has
also sponsored film screenings and a concert program that featured some of
Greek music’s most renowned artists. In fall 2007, the program hosted
the 20th biannual symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association.
The program has awarded more than 50 language and research grants to Yale students
and has hosted a series of visiting scholars. It has also initiated a number
of online projects for modern Greek language acquisition, an online tour of
several Greek Byzantine churches and a project to digitize over 7,000 images
of Byzantine art. A full list of the program’s activities can be found
at its website: www.yale.edu/macmillan/hsp.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Yale is the
latest in a series of Yale initiatives funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation,
an international philanthropic organization that supports charitable activities
in four primary areas: arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and
social welfare. Selectively, the foundation also seeks to support programs
within and outside Greece that promote, maintain and preserve Greek heritage
and culture. Previously, the foundation also funded a collaboration between
the Yale Peabody Museum and the Natural History Museum of Crete, the publication
of the YaleGlobal online magazine at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization,
and a scholarship in Yale College.
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