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This week learn about Cold War Greek American adoption ethnography and women's lives during the Greek Revolution

April 08, 2021

We can’t believe the Spring Semester is almost over! Thank you so much for joining us over yet another busy term. Despite the challenges in navigating the online world, we have managed to host an amazing array of speakers that have educated us on unique areas in Hellenic studies! If you haven’t had the chance to join us yet, don’t worry! This term’s final events take place this week!

Staellinika heads to South America

Last month we announced, in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Public Diplomacy and Greeks Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic and with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), that we will be working with the Greek government to make Staellinika compatible for native Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

Andreas Dracopoulos named SFU 2021 Honorary Degree Recipient

We are pleased to share the news that this June, the co-president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Andreas Dracopoulos, will receive an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University (SFU)! The work of Mr. Dracopoulos and the team at SNF made possible the creation of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at SFU. Their dedication helped grow the study of Hellenic studies in North America over the past 11 years. It is safe to say that without their invaluable support and guidance over the years, projects such as Staellinika, which has provided Greek language education to over 30,000 users around the world, would not have been possible.

Fall 2021 SNF Internship application deadline extended

In response to travel uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to extend the deadline for applications to this fall’s SNF Internship. This opportunity is available to all SFU undergraduate students, with a preference given to those enrolled in the Hellenic Studies Certificate.

The Centre will now accept applications until June 1, 2021. Learn more about the internship in Athens, Greece.

Open enrollment begins for Summer Semester

If you are an SFU undergraduate student, we encourage you to check out some of the exciting Hellenic-themed courses scheduled for this summer!

Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece

Join us this Friday, on April 9th at 1:00 PM PT, for our second to last spring seminar! Professor Gonda Van Steen, Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature and director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London will share her research on Greek American adoption ethnography, set against the backdrop of the global Cold War. 


Fighters and Victims: Women's Lives During the Greek Revolution

On Saturday, April 10th at 10 AM PT, in collaboration with UCLA’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, will virtually host Professor Emerita of History of the Ionian University, Helen (Eleni) Angelomatis-Tsougarakis, for her lecture on the heroism and tragedy of Greek women during the Revolution. The event will additionally feature introductory remarks from H.E. Konstantina Athanassiadou, Ambassador of Greece to Canada. This is our last spring event—you won’t want to miss it!


Previous event recordings

  • March 29, 2021: Romioi One Day, Greeks the Next: Reading 1821 Through a Byzantine Prism ft. Dimitris Krallis (Pharos, The Canadian-Hellenic Cultural Society) Password: pharos2020!

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