Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Diana N. Savas

Professor Emerita

Pasadena City College
ESL English


Ph.D. 1992 UCLA (Applied Linguistics – Orality/Literacy; Second-Language Testing)
M.S. 1982 Cornell University (Linguistics; SLA & TESL Specializations)
B.A. 1977 Oberlin College (French Literature)

Principal Publications

Greek-American History/Community Publications:
Former Editor, Writer, & Ghost Writer, Greek Heritage Society of Southern California Newsletter, (GHS educational/information vehicle; circulation: 2300 households in greater Los Angeles & Southern California).
1. Review: "A Special Work of Greek-American History: Mary Antoniou's Welfare Activities among the Greek People in Los Angeles," GHS Newsletter, Spring 1994.
2. Editor/Writer/Ghost Writer, Fall 1993 Special Issue of the GHS Newsletter featuring excerpts from the Symposium, "A Memorial Tribute to Dr. Frank Desby."
*Symposium Chair/Moderator, "A Memorial Tribute to Dr. Frank Desby," Loyola Marymount University/Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies, co-sponsored by the Hellenic University Club and the Greek Heritage Society, Los Angeles, October 23, 1993.
3. "A Very Pleasant Surprise: The Hellenic University Club of the 1930s." GHS Newsletter, Spring 1993.
4. "Peter M. Carvellas and the Early Greek Church in Los Angeles." GHS Newsletter, Spring 1992.
5. "O Amerikanos (1900-1991): Our Community Mourns the Passing of the First Known Greek American Born in Los Angeles." GHS Newsletter, Summer 1991.
6. "A True Hellene" (Interview with Mr. Napoleon G. Plato, 98 years old). GHS Newsletter, Fall 1990.
7. "The Miracle of Panayia at Koroni." St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Los Angeles) Monthly Bulletin. August 1990, pp. 14-17, by Mrs. Irene Desby as told to Diana Savas.
8. "A Greek Corner: Mrs. Irene Desby on the Origins of Greek School in Los Angeles." GHS Newsletter, Spring 1990.


IC Indexer/Cataloguer/Researcher/GR to EN Translator
Greek-Language Testimonies
USC Shoah Foundation Institute
Los Angeles, CA


October 2015
Program Design/Historical Research/Photo Selection/Script Writer
“Rembetiko: From Smyrna to the Heart of Greece”
30th Anniversary Concert, Greek Heritage Society of Southern California
A multimedia event with an eight-person musical ensemble, theatrically-presented historical narrative, and 65+ historical photos [Youtube: The Waitress 1937 Toundas/]

April/May 2015
Event Co-Chair, 70th Anniversary Commemoration/Greece
A three-day community event commemorating the end of WWII in Greece and Europe in memory of all those who perished and in memory of Iakovos Kambanellis (1921-2011), the father of contemporary Greek theater
Apr 26: “Documenting Occupied Greece” / Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
May 3: “Kambanellis & Mauthausen: Transforming the Unimaginable: Theater, Literature, Song” / Hellenic Library-Bristol Civic Auditorium, Bellflower, CA
May 17: “Memory & Healing” / Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles
[see attached FINAL PROGRAM]

May/June 1994
Consultant, Program Design & Development
First International Conference on the Environment: “Religious Education & the Environment”
Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate, Istanbul, Turkey

Oct 1993
Symposium Chair/Moderator
"A Memorial Tribute to Dr. Frank Desby"
Loyola Marymount University/Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies in association with the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California and the Hellenic University Club, Los Angeles

Languages Division - C247
Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

(626) 585-3187


Areas of Specialization

Public History & Culture: Program Design & Development; 
WWII Greek Holocaust Experience (USC SFI; MOT-LA; LAMOTH);

Los Angeles & SoCal Greek-American History (GHS)

Applied Linguistics: Second-Language Acquisition (Interlanguage); Second-Language Testing; TESL; Orality/Literacy; Composition Studies

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Ancient Greek Drama
Contemporary Greek Cinema
(both in the context of English literature and cinema courses)

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