Memorial Event Honoring Helen Papanikolas

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 19, 2005 - 14:15

The Center for Modern Greek Studies held a memorial event honoring the work of Greek American novelist and short story writer, Helen Papanikolas. Not limited only to her impressive creative work, Papanikolas is known also for her vast contribution to labor and immigration history and had specifically worked and down research on the experience of Greek immigrants in Utah and other western states. The event was an afternoon of dramatic readings form Helen Papanikolas's works, with a musical interlude by Lina Orfanos, who is beginning to make a reputation as a fine young interpreter of the music of Theodorakis, Anthony Catchatoorian, and other contemporary Greek composers, accompanied the the Paul Psarras, a young performer of both classical and Greek folk guitar music. Participants included both Helen Papanikolas's son Zeese and grandson Nick Smart, who co-edited the final novel of Helen Papanikolas, Rain in the Valley, Dr. Spyros Orfanos, and Adjunct Professor Artemis Leontis, Coordinator of the Modern Greek Program at the University of Michigan.