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

Xylouris White

December 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

Co-Sponsored, and held at The Lab (16th St. and Capp St.)

Xylouris White is a musical collaboration between Greek singer and laouto player George Xylouris and Australian drummer, Jim White. Their music combines elements of free jazz, avant-rock, and traditional Greek folk music. Since 2013, they have released three albums and been touring the world. The Sisypheans is their fourth release.

Jim on The Sisypheans:
“As George Xylouris and I traveled around these last five years, we found ourselves talking about Sisyphus. George had a theory about Sisyphus, condemned to climb that hill with that rock forever. George saw him carrying the rock in different ways, in his left hand, behind his back, pushing it with his head while crawling and noticing each journey the seasons changing, the grass and the insects. The meaning was clear and for George it fit with playing the popular Cretan song “Proto Hanoti” many turns each day for his life and discovering it new each time... I found it fit in with a long held set of thoughts I’d had, that if one concentrated activity and thought enough on one thing it would expand and be a whole world. It sounded like the same idea and also with the idea of first principles, for it to be new each time: that is our job as musicians.

We would talk about this as we traveled playing music. One day a waitress heard us talking, and she asked if we knew the Camus essay about Sisyphus. We didn’t, but I got it in English and then we found it in Greek and it fit too. When we were playing in Louisville and working on Black Peak, we stayed at a house and saw the artwork you see on the cover, by Elsa Hansen Oldham... We’d finished the circular trilogy of Goats, Black Peak, and Mother and we found ourselves making –. What we do leads us to who we are, the Sisypheans.”

8:00 p.m. doors / 8:30 p.m. show

$5 for students of SF State (present ID at the door)
$15 general admission