Public talk

A decade of struggle and resilience: Oxford's Stathis Kalyvas to present at the Sixth Annual McWhinney Memorial Lecture

August 29, 2022

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to announce that the Sixth Annual Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture will be hosted at SFU's Segal Building next month.

The public talk entitled "How Democracies Survive: Greece, 2012-2022" will feature Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government and fellow of All Souls College at Oxford.

The event will be moderated by SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies Director Dimitris Krallis.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM PDT


Segal Building

Room 1200
Simon Fraser University
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1W6

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Contact if you have any questions or would like to register without Eventbrite.

This programming is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories including, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which SFU Vancouver is located.

You can read the abstract, speaker bio, and learn more about Edward and Emily McWhinney, below.


In May 2012, Greece experienced a perfect storm: amid an economic and social crisis of unprecedented proportions, and with the world’s gaze fixed on it, Greece’s party system collapses. The two parties that had dominated politics for decades, the center-right New Democracy and the center-left PASOK collapsed amidst allegations of inefficiency and corruption. New fringe parties entered the parliament including an openly Neonazi party run by thugs. Few people were then willing to bet on Greece’s survival as a democracy—and one within the eurozone. Yet, ten years later, Greece’s party system reconstituted itself in a remarkable way. Stability trumped turmoil, continuity won over collapse. What explains Greece’s remarkable resilience? And which lessons does it hold about the future of democracy?

Professor Stathis Kalyvas

Speaker bio

Stathis N. Kalyvas is Gladstone Professor of Government and fellow of All Souls College at Oxford. Until 2018 he was Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he founded and directed the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence and co-directed the Hellenic Studies Program. In 2019 he founded and directs the T. E. Lawrence Program on Conflict and Violence at All Souls College.

Kalyvas obtained his BA from the University of Athens (1986) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1993), all in political science. He taught at Ohio State University (1993-94), New York University (1994-2000), the University of Chicago (2000-03), Yale University (2003-2017), before joining Oxford in 2018. He has held visiting professorships and fellowships at Sciences Po-Paris, Oxford, the University of São Paulo, Lingnan University of Hong Kong, Northwestern University, Columbia University, the University of Witten/Herdecke, the Juan March Institute, the Max Planck Institute, and the European University Institute.

He is the author of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996), The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015), the co-editor of Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and the Oxford Handbook on Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2019), and the author of over fifty scholarly articles in five languages, as well as several books and edited volumes in Greek. His current research focuses on global trends in political violence and conflict. He has an additional interest in the history and politics of Greece, where he is a regular columnist for Kathimerini.

Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015) from Stathis Kalyvas

His work has received multiple awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on government, politics, or international affairs, the Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics, the European Academy of Sociology Book Award, the Luebbert Award for the best article in comparative politics (three times), and the Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history. His research has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Peace Institute, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ECRC), and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 2007. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008 and the British Academy since 2020.

Edward and Emily McWhinney

The Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture was established in 2017 to honour the memory of two long-time friends and supporters of Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University and is devoted to contemporary issues in international relations.

Both Edward and Emily were committed to academic excellence and public service and this annual lecture serves as a lasting legacy for the couple at SFU. It is organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies to support public discussion of the topics that animated the McWhinneys’ professional and intellectual lives.

Professor Emeritus Edward Mcwhinney, QC passed away in 2015 on his ninety-first birthday, following a short illness. He was predeceased by his wife Emily McWhinney, who passed away in 2011.

Watch the recording of the previous McWhinney Lecture here, delivered by associate professor of Global Current Affairs at Bournemouth University, and faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, Roman Gerodimos.

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