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.

Drop-In Hours, Fall 2019

The Center for Greek Studies at San Francisco State University is pleased to offer open drop-in hours for the fall semester, 2019. All are welcome to stop in to Humanities 577 to check out our space and peruse our library. Drop-in hours are Mondays, 2-4, and Thursdays, 11-3, and are staffed by the Center’s work study student Kieran Barkley. We look forward to your visit!

The Center for Greek Studies at SFSU promotes the multi-disciplinary study of the language, literature, history, and culture of classical, post-classical, and contemporary Greece. It holds several rich collections and archives related to this mission that pertain in particular to: the Greek diaspora and the Greek American experience in the Bay Area; Greek oral histories; the life and work of renowned Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis; and Greek literature, history and anthropology. All materials housed in the Center are non-circulating.

The Humanities building is located on Tapia Drive; a campus map can be consulted here: https://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/graphics/sfsu_map_color.pdf

Center for Greek Studies Newsletter

Download the Spring 2019 Newsletter (pdf)

Modern Greek Studies Foundation

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

Upcoming Events

The 16th San Francisco Greek Film Festival

October 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

The Center for Greek Studies at SF State and the Modern Greek Studies Foundation are pleased to announce the 16th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

The Festival will be held October 20-26, 2019.

Furhter information will be available soon.

Presentation featuring the comics artist Soloúp from Athens, Greece and Translator Tom Papademetriou

November 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

Soloúp’s Aivali: A Graphic Novel about Greeks and Turks in 1922

Presentation featuring the comics artist Soloúp from Athens, Greece and Translator Tom Papademetriou

Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Humanities 587, 4-5 PM

Light refreshments to follow: Humanities 577, 5-6 PM; signed copies available

The Humanities building is located on Tapia Drive; consult the campus map

Aïvali (Ἀϊβαλί) illustrates life in a quaint city on the Aegean coast during the late Ottoman empire, up to and following the violent events of 1922. This graphic novel covers events of life prior to the Greek-Turkish War of 1919, the humanitarian disaster surrounding 1922, the population exchange of the Treaty of Lausanne, and the resettlement by Muslims from Crete.

Aïvali brings together the disciplines of history, literature, and art, and presents a human story of violent displacement, war, nationalism, racism, homeland, brotherhood, coexistence, and tolerance in a popular medium accessible to all. This work emerges from the author’s personal encounters and family memories, and literary landscapes of notable authors.

Soloúp (Antonis Nikolopoulos) is a well-known prize-winning political cartoonist, who collaborates with newspapers and magazines in Greece. He studied Political Science at Panteion University and earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean. He has published 13 books with comics and cartoons, as well as his Ph.D. thesis on the history of comics in Greece. His first graphic novel, Aïvali, won awards at the 2015 Athens Comicdom, has been translated into French, Turkish, and English, and is the subject of a travelling exposition hosted by the Benaki Museum.

Tom Papademetriou is the Constantine and Georgiean Georgiou Endowed Professor of Greek History, and Director of the Dean C. and Zoë S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at Stockton University. Dr. Papademetriou earned his Ph.D. in Ottoman History from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University in 2001. His research focuses on the history of non-Muslims under Ottoman rule, especially the relations of the Greek Orthodox Church and State in the early Ottoman centuries, which is the subject of his book, Render Unto the Sultan, published by Oxford University Press, 2015. Dr. Papademetriou has been awarded multiple research fellowships, including from the Social Science Research Council, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center-Harvard University. Most recently he was appointed Edwin C. and Elizabeth A. Whitehead Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.