Hellenica, the Newsletter of the Professorship

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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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Join Us Tomorrow Night (Wednesday, September 21) for the Dr. Nicholas Matsakis Memorial Lecture

The Dr. Nicholas Matsakis Memorial Lecture:
Smyrna, September 1922: The American Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide
with Lou Ureneck, Professor of Journalism, Boston University

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Reception – 7 p.m.; Lecture – 7:30 p.m.
Century Room A, Millennium Student Center
University of Missouri-St. Louis

In September 1922, the richest city of the Mediterranean was burned, and countless numbers of Christian refugees killed. The city was Smyrna, and the event was the final episode of the genocidal slaughter and expulsion of three million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians from the Ottoman Empire.The destruction of Smyrna occurred as warships of the great powers—the United States, Great Britain, France, and Italy—stood by. The deaths of hundreds of thousands seemed inevitable until an American minister, Asa Kent Jennings, staged a bold rescue with the help of a courageous U.S. naval officer. In Smyrna, September 1922, Lou Ureneck tells the forgotten story of one of the great humanitarian acts of history.

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Prof. Lou Ureneck, Boston University
Smyrna, September 1922: The American Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide



Amanda Summer
“100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go”



Dr. Andrea Berlin, Boston University
“At Home on Board: The Kyrenia Ship and the Goods of its Crew”



Margalit Fox
“The Riddle of the Labyrinth”



Dr. William Parkinson, The Field Museum, Chicago:
“The Neolithic Roots of the Greek Past”




The Dr. Nicholas Matsakis Memorial Lecture

Please join us for the Dr. Nicholas Matsakis Memorial Lecture

“Smyrna, September 1922: The American Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide”

with Lou Ureneck, Professor of Journalism, Boston University

 WEDNESDAY 21 September 2016
7:00 PM Reception
7:30 Lecture
Century Room A
Millennium Stuident Center

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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.

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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.