“I came here with gratitude for all that Greece has given to humanity through the ages”. Former President’s Barack Obama historic visit and tribute to Greece

In November 2016, the then President of the US Barack Obama made a historic visit to Greece.  His speech in Athens was a tribute to Greece, Democracy, and the deep connection between our two countries.

Read about the visit in the latest issue Aegean Airlines’ Blue Magazine (courtesy of Ms. Tassoula Eptakili and Blue Magazine): OBAMABLUE MAGAZINE

The tradition of US presidents visiting the cradle of democracy goes back to Dwight D. Eisenhower.  We look forward to this tradition continuing with the current and future US Presidents.

March 9: Join us in welcoming to the Greek Professoship His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

His Eminence, Archibishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, will be coming to UMSL to deliver the annual Diane Touliatos Lecture in Greek Historical Studies.  Archibishop Demetrios will speak on:

“Greek Language: A Catalyst for Cultures?”

The lecture will be held at 7 pm at Century Rooms A and B, Millennium Student Center.  Pre-lecture reception at 6.30 pm.


Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America was born Demetrios Trakatellis in Thessaloniki, Greece on February 1, 1928. In 1950 he graduated with distinction from the University of Athens School of Theology.  In 1960 he was ordained a deacon, and in 1964 a priest.

He was elected Bishop of Vresthena in 1967, an auxiliary bishop to the Archbishop of Athens with the primary responsibility for the theological education of the clergy. From 1965 to 1971, on scholarship from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, he studied New Testament and Christian Origins and was awarded a Ph.D. “with distinction” in 1972.  After receiving this degree, he returned to his ecclesiastical position in the Archdiocese of Athens and undertook responsibilities for the theological education of the clergy, ministry among the youth, and other duties related to theological conferences in Greece and abroad.

In 1968, he was elected Metropolitan of Attika and Megaris, but he did not accept the post for reasons related to the canonical order of the Church and to the political conditions in Greece at that time.

Later, in 1977, he earned a second doctorate, namely a Th.D. in Theology from the University of Athens “with distinction.”  From 1983 to 1993, he served as the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Serving as a faculty member for more than a decade, he taught many of America’s Greek Orthodox clergy.  He also taught at Harvard Divinity School as Visiting Professor of New Testament during the academic years of 1984 to 1985 and from 1988 to 1989.  On August 20, 1991 the Sacred Synod of the Church of Greece elevated the then Bishop Demetrios of Vresthena to a Titular Metropolitan of Vresthena with the simultaneous elevation of the Diocese of Vresthena to the rank of the Metropolis. After several years in the United States, he returned to Greece in 1993 to pursue full-time scholarly writing and research.  At the same time, he resumed his responsibilities at the Archdiocese of Athens.

Elected Archbishop of America on August 19, 1999 by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archbishop Demetrios was enthroned on September 18, 1999 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City.  He leads a church of more than one and a half million Greek Orthodox Christians in the United States.

Contact:Bob Ell


The Leon and Ioanna Spanos Performing Arts Event

Please join us for the Leon and Ioanna Spanos Performing Arts Event, featuring Greek and Mediterranean music by Pavlo.

Pavlo – Touhill Performing Arts Center
The Leon and Johanna Spanos Performing Arts Event
March 4, 2017
8 p.m.
Lee Theatre, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center,
University of Missouri-St. Louis
For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. When Pavlo was ten, he spent hours hidden away practicing his guitar. His parents realized very soon that his connection to the instrument was undeniable. Instead of discouraging him, Pavlo’s father told him, “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”
After years of guitar lessons, from classical to flamenco, Pavlo spent his early years playing in rock groups, and wedding bands. When they separated, Pavlo moved on, and discovered his own distinct sound that he termed, “Mediterranean.” It was the first time he felt as though his guitar was speaking from his soul.
Pavlo was inspired to write his first self-titled album. Although there were many people that told him it was a “fantasy” to think he would find success, he followed his heart and sent the album to music executives all over the country. When they responded with “It is too ethnic” and denied Pavlo a record deal because “there was no market for this type of music.” Pavlo became driven to create his own record label, and market himself.
Soon, through craft shows; café gigs and festival performances all over the country playing his Mediterranean music, Pavlo did, in fact, find his audience. They were equally as passionate about his music…and they wanted more of it. Investing all that he had at that time, Pavlo released his second album, Fantasia. Fantasia climbed the charts and made it to the Billboard Top 10 and earned Pavlo his first Juno Nomination.

General Admission – $30
Seniors – $20
Students – $10
Special group pricing available for groups of 15 or more. Please contact the ticket office directly at 314-516-4949 for more information.

Professor Cosmopoulos to present Iklaina in London, UK

Professor Cosmopoulos will present the results of the Iklaina Archaeological Project in London.  The lecture is organized by the Greek Archaeological Committee (UK) and will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 7 pm, at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


The Annual Sam Nakis Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture 2/9/2017

The Annual Sam Nakis Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture:
The Neolithic Roots of the Greek Past
Lecture by Dr. William Parkinson, Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois – Chicago and Northwestern University 

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Reception – 7:00 p.m.; Lecture – 7:30 p.m.
MSC Century Room A 
University of Missouri – Saint Louis

This lecture will discuss Dr. Parkinson’s research on The Diros Project, a multi-disciplinary project that has been investigating the archaeology of Diros Bay in the Mani Peninsula of southern Greece. The project study area centers around the site of Alepotrypa Cave, an important Neolithic ritual center that was occupied throughout the Neolithic period. Dr. Parkinson and his collaborators have been working to place Alepotrypa Cave into a broader social context by conducting survey in Diros Bay and by excavating an open-air site associated with the cave.

Dr. William Parkinson is Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. He co-directs the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in Hungary and The Diros Project in Greece. His research explores how small farming villages evolved into complex states in southeastern Europe during the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.

Professor Cosmopoulos elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

In November 2016 Professor Cosmopoulos was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the premier research academy of Europe.  In the ranks of the Academy are included 8 Nobel Prize Winners, as well as Pope Benedict XVI.   The induction ceremony will take place in March 2017 at the seat of the Academy in Salzburg, Austria.  Professor Cosmopoulos was also invited to lecture at the university of the Academy, the Alma Mater Europaea.


Professor Poulopoulos receives Greek Diaspora Fellowship

Professor Poulopoulos has been awarded a Greek Diaspora Fellowship, administered by the Institute of International Education, the Fulbright Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. As part of this fellowship, he will be hosted for 2 months during the summer of 2017 by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he will lecture extensively on the history of the Greek Diaspora and  collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of researchers with the aim to create archival resources and identify exhibits for a Museum of Greek Diaspora and Immigration in Greece.