“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 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.


Join us Wed., December 7 for the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology and the Greek Professorship year-end Presentation

Please join faculty members of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology and of the Greek Professorship for a year-end presentation:

“Pathways to Animal Domestication”
by Melinda Zeder, Ph.D.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – 527 Clark Hall
12 p.m. – buffet-style lunch
12:30 p.m. – presentation

Melinda Zeder is Senior Research Scientist and Curator of Old World Archaeology, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include the domestication of animals, the social and environmental implications of early agriculture in Greece and the Near East, and the development of specialized subsistence economies in early complex societies. She is also interested in the intersection of archaeology and genetics in documenting the domestication of plant and animal species.
For more information, please contact Prof. Michael Cosmopoulos at (314) 516-6241.

Sponsored by: The Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, The Karakas Family Foundation Alliance for the Advancement of Hellenic Studies, The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, and International Studies and Programs, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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The Catherine Pelican Lecture

The Catherine Pelican Memorial Lecture:
The Riddle of the Labyrinth
Lecture by Margalit Fox, Author, Senior writer at The New York Times

Monday, November 14, 2016
Lecture – 7 p.m.
Millenium Student Center, Century Room A 
Univeristy of Missouri – Saint Louis

In 1900, while excavating on Crete, the celebrated English archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed a cache of Bronze Age clay tablets inscribed with a series of bewildering symbols. Set down during the later part of the Bronze Age, the tablets were at the time Europe’s earliest written records, and the writing they contained was like none ever seen. In her lecture, Fox, a senior writer at The New York Times, illuminates this intellectual detective story, taking listeners step by step through the process of solving a linguistic “locked-room mystery”: an ancient script where both the writing system and the language it records are completely unknown. It also brings to light a vital piece of women’s history in presenting the work of the American scholar Alice Kober, whose painstaking efforts, largely lost to history as a result of her own early death, made the ultimate decipherment of Linear B possible.


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The George E. Mylonas Lecture

The George E. Mylonas Lecture:
At Home on Board: The Kyrenia Ship and Goods of Its Crew
Lecture by Professor Andrea M. Berlin, James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology, Boston University

Friday, November 4, 2016
Lecture – 7 p.m.
The Farrell Auditorium 
Saint Louis Art Museum

The Kyrenia ship, discovered in 1964 largely intact near Kyrenia, Cyprus is the best preserved small Greek merchant ship ever found. Its cargo included 400 amphoras, from Rhodes, Knidos, Samos, Paros, and Cyprus, 45 sizeable unused millstones, iron ingots, nearly 10,000 almonds, a consignment of oak planks and logs – and 109 whole and fragmentary vessels that comprised the goods of the crew. The goods of the crew are portable, and functional. These goods allow us a glimpse of life on board for the ship’s crew’s. In this illustrated lecture these goods will explain the place and date of the ship’s final departure, what the character of the ship’s crew, life in the 4th century BC – and what some of the smallest fragments reveal of the ship’s beginnings before it became a Greek merchantman.

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