Welcome

The Center for Greek Studies promotes the multi-disciplinary study of the language, literature, history, and culture of classical, post-classical, and contemporary Greece.

Established in 1983, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair supports academic and cultural outreach activities of the Center. It is the second such Chair in Greek Studies to be established in the United States.

The Center organizes special cultural outreach events such as concerts, art exhibits, readings, film screenings and lectures.

 

 

Modern Greek Studies Foundation

President's Report to the Board, Spring 2016 (pdf)

Upcoming Events

Rhodessa Jones and the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women/HIV Circle

April 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Our Classics: Ancient Myth in the Community

With a methodology developed by its Director, Rhodessa Jones, the Medea Project draws on Classical myths to ground the theatrical performances of women's personal experiences of trauma, incarceration, and illness for healing purposes. Focus will be on the Medea Project's most recent show, When Did Your Hands Become a Weapon, and its engagement with Euripides' Trojan Women.

View more on the Medea Project

Co-sponsored with the Department of Classics and the Classics Students Association at SF State.

Reception to follow.

Location: Humanities Building, Room 587

Open House!

May 1, 2019 - 4:30pm

Please join us for an Open House to celebrate the Center for Greek Studies! Wednesday, May 1, 4:30-6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Humanities Building, Room 577

Dr. Anastasia Sakellariadi

May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

Whose Classics? Whose heritage? Classical archaeology and the ‘loss of innocence’

Classicists have recently reconsidered the ways constructs such as the idea of a ‘Western civilization’ advance Eurocentric approaches to world history, overstating what are deemed to be ‘universal values’ and at the same time concealing the use of power and oppression in the ‘West’s’ relationship with the rest of the world.

Classical archaeology has supported an idealized and glorified version of the past through art historical, material-focused and context-free approaches and has chosen to ignore the negative aspects of the past. This presentation will demonstrate the effects of these approaches on people’s perceptions about antiquity and its contemporary role, specifically in the framework of nation states and the use of national narratives in the nation-building process. The focus will be on Greece.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Classics and the Classics Students Association at SF State.

Reception to follow.

Location: Humanities Building, Room 587