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.



Greek Studies Foundation

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

Upcoming Events

The Owl's Legacy

March 3, 2019 (All day) to March 31, 2019 (All day)

Directed by enigmatic and brilliant documentary essayist Chris Marker, The Owl's Legacy is an intellectually agile, engaging and sometimes biting look at ancient Greece, its influences on Western culture -- and how many eras have reinterpreted the Greek legacy to reflect their own needs. In French, Greek and English with English subtitles. All 13 episodes will screen once in four separate programs: March 3 at 1:45 p.m., March 10 at 4:40 p.m., March 16 at 4:30 p.m. and March 31, 4:10 p.m. $9 - $12. Students get $2.00 off the ticket price if they present ID at the box office at purchase.

Each of the 13 episodes is centered on a potent Greek word: from “democracy” and “philosophy” to “mythology” and “misogyny.” Marker convenes and films symposia — meals featuring wine and thoughtful conversation — in locales including Paris, Tokyo, Tbilisi, Berkeley and an olive grove on the outskirts of Athens. Footage from these banquets is interspersed with archival materials and interviews (often featuring a stylized or distorted owl image looming in the background). Marker’s diverse group of informants includes composers, politicians, classicists, historians, scientists, writers, filmmakers and actors. Together their contributions form a compelling (and sometimes contradictory) cultural and historical exploration for each theme.

For more information about each episode, visit the Roxie Theater website.



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

April 24, 2019 - 9:00am

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.

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.

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.