The Dr. Nicholas Matsakis Memorial Event

Please join us on April 20 for the annual event in memory of Dr. Nicholas Matsakis.  This year the Matsakis event is the screening of an acclaimed film titled “Kisses to the Children”.   The film brings to life the touching stories of Jewish children saved by Greek families during the Nazi occupation of Greece.  The film will be shown at the Missouri History Museum, on Wednesday, April 20, 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more details please click on the link below:

Kisses to the Children

The 20th anniversary of the Greek Professorship


The 20th anniversary of the Greek Professorship celebration took place on Wednesday, February 3. The celebration was held in the Millennium Student Center and was attended by Missouri state representatives, St. Louis County Councilman Dr. Sam Page, the Chancellor, faculty, students and hundreds of members of the St. Louis Greek community. The Government of Greece was represented by the Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Mrs. Polyxeni Petropoulou.

The event included presentations from university officials and representatives of Greek organizations, a presentation on the history of the Greek community, and  an overview of the work of the Professorship, followed by a reception and Greek dance performance.

Congratulations on the work of the Professorship were sent by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Ambassador of Greece to the US, Christos Panagopoulos, the Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, and many academics from the US and Europe.

To commemorate the event, the University raised the Greek flag on the day of the celebration.

The Annual George E. Mylonas Lecture in Classical Art & Archaeology: Tuesday, October 20

The Annual Mylonas Lecture in Classical Art & Archaeology: Visualizing the Gods in Ancient Macedonia

with Dr. Olga Palagia, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Athens
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 7 P.M.
The Saint Louis Art Museum
Farrell Auditorium
 Presented by the Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, University of Missouri–St. Louis; The Department of Art History and Archaeology, The Department of Classics, Washington University in Saint Louis; and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The Catharine Pelican Memorial Annual Lecture in Greek Studies: Who is Greek?

When:September 17, 2015 Time:07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Students Location:Century Room A, Millennium Student Center

A question of “who is Greek?” seems to receive many different answers. A Greek may be a member of Greek Life on campus, or a person whose parents and grandparents were all Greek. So who is really, truly, fully Greek? Dr. Vassilis Lambropoulos of the University of Michigan will explore the different answers to this simple question.

Mark your calendars: the 2015-2016 list of events

Thursday 17 September: Pelican Lecture

Speaker: Professor Vassilis Lambropoulos, University of Michigan

Title: Who is Greek?  Defining the Greek Identity in 21st century America


Tuesday October 20: Mylonas Lecture

Speaker: Professor Olga Palagia, University of Athens

Title: Visualizing the Gods in Ancient Macedonia

In cooperation with Washington University Departments of Classics and Art History and Archaeology


Thursday October 22: Seminar (11 am, 200 Clark Hall)

Speaker: Professor Thomas Palaima, University of Texas-Austin

Title: From Achilles to the Hanoi Hilton: Why Homer and the Greeks still matter


Friday November 6: Spanos Concert

Greek Music rebetika and popular songs


Wednesday, December 2: Touliatos Lecture

Speaker: Professor Chris Tsokos, University of South Florida

Title: Hellenism in our Global Society

Arrangements: Air, hotel, $500 honorarium


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Twenty years of the Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies at UMSL: A Celebration


Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Nakis lecture

Speaker: Prof. Nikolaos Panou, State University of New York

Title: The Church That Prevails: Religious Politics after the Fall of Constantinople


Wednesday, April 20, 2016 : Matsakis Film Screening

Kisses to the Children.  The Stories of Jewish children saved by Greek families during the Nazi occupation

Presenter: Mrs. Vassilis Loules

The inaugural Spanos lecture by Professor Stathis Kalyvas — great success!

The first Leon and Johanna Spanos lecture was given by Professor Stathis Kalyvas of Yale University on “What is Greece and Why does it Fail?”. Professor Kalyvas’ clarity of thought and skillful presentation captivated the audience of over 100 people in the Century Room of the Millennium Student Center.  The lecture was based on Professor Kalyvas’ new book titled “Modern Greece: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford University Press, 2015).

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View of the lecture room

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Professor Stathis  Kalyvas

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The Spanos family with the speaker (front row from left to right John, Leonidas, Johanna, Lia, and Pete Spanos; second row Professor Kalyvas)

The Inaugural Leon and Ioanna Spanos Annual Lecture

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new endowed lecture to our public events.  The “Leon and Ioanna Spanos Annual Lecture” honors two wonderful friends and generous supporters of the Greek Professorship.  The inaugural Spanos lecture will be given on April 23 at 7 pm by Professor Stathis Kalyvas of Yale University, on the topic of: “What is Greece and Why does it Fail?”

For more information please click here or call Professor Michael Cosmopoulos at (314) 516-6241


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