Modern Greek Studies Association

Yale University


Year Program Established:2001

Approximate Number of Students Enrolled (per academic term): 45

Level of Program Offered (and when established):

Undergraduate level elective courses (2001)

Hellenic Studies Major (through Classics Department) (2002)


Full Time Faculty:

George Syrimis, Associate Program Chair, Lecturer in Comparative Literature

Maria Kaliambou, Senior Lector in Modern Greek

Visiting or Previous Lecturers:

Giorgos Antoniou, Visiting Lecturer in History, 2007-2008
Dr. Dimitris Kastritsis, History, 2006-2007
Dr. Christine Philiou, History, 2004-2006
Dr. Christina Katsougiannopoulou-Ewald, Anthropology, Spring 2003
Dr. Anastasia Karakasidou, Anthropology, Fall 2002
Dr. Anna Stavrakopoulou, Comparative Literature, Spring 2002
Dr. Stathis Gourgouris, Comparative Literature, Fall 2001

Visiting Scholars:

Emmanuel Karagiannis, January - February 2008
Aristides N. Hatzis, November 2007
Maria Georgopoulou, Summer 2006
Gerassimos Moschonas, February-May 2005
Takis S. Pappas, January 5-february 11, 2005
Angelos Giannakopoulos & Esat Bzyigit, Fall 2004


Sponsoring Departments/Administrative Entities:

European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies

Does the program offer financial support to students? No

Does the institution offer financial support to students? Yes

Multimedia Development Projects

Electronic Pictionary

The project is based on the flash-cards method of vocabulary acquisition and has Greek-English and English to Greek pathways. Besides the basic vocabulary the data base will gradually expand to include pictures for all or most nouns, sentences for all verbs, as well as audio reinforcement of both vocabulary and sentences. Ultimately, students would be able to pick and choose from the entire data-base according to 1) chapter units, 2) part of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.), 3) thematic units (family, travel, public services, food, etc.). the project is intended for students of Elementary Modern Greek

 Conceived and designed by George Syrimis and assisted by Christina Katsougiannopoulou-Ewald. Technical assistance from Vincent Cangiano at the Center for Language Study at Yale University.

Video Clips Set "IKONES"

The project involves short five minute video selections in Greek from Greek cinema and television. Assignments focus initially on comprehension with multiple choice questions and on writing where students will be asked to respond to specific questions. Students will be provided with extra vocabulary lists for each clip as needed. The project is intended for students of Intermediate Modern Greek.

Conceived and designed by George Syrimis and assisted by Christina Katsougiannopoulou-Ewald. Technical assistance from Vincent Cangiano at the Center for Language Study at Yale University.

Dynamic Images of Byzantine Church Interiors

A collection of three-dimensional images of interiors of Byzantine churches in Greece. The collection will be part of the website for the course "crossroads of European Civilization," taught by Maria Georgopoulou.

Conceived and designed by Maria Georgopoulou and assisted by Vassilis Marinis.

CRAFT: Themata

Intended to supplement both elementary and intermediate courses in Modern Greek language, the Themata project utilizes a software template designed to facilitate independent structured study of authentic materials on the web. On the elementary level the project allows students to expand their development of vocabulary, reading and comprehension through assignments chosen to compliment the basic level of their language knowledge. On the intermediate level the purpose of this approach is to develop reading, comprehension, research and analytical skills in the language, as well as to expose students to a range of theme-based material that serve as an introduction to contemporary Greek culture. Modules include topics such as geography, art, literature, history, food, tourism, folk-culture, music, immigration, economics, current events, and politics. Assignments focus on analytical thinking, synthesis and expression or understanding of complex ideas. The project is currently only available to members of the Yale community.
Conceived by Gerasimus Katsan.

Stathis Kalyvas
Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science
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Yale University
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John Geanakoplos
Co-Chair, Hellenic Studies Program
James Tobin Professor of Economics
Director of Cowles Foundation
30 HLH
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-3397
George Syrimis
Associate Program Chair
Hellenic Studies Program
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Yale University
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Fax: (203) 432-5963

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Courses Offered


Elementary Modern Greek, full year (Fall 3, Spring 4)
Intermediate Modern Greek, full year (Fall 3, Spring 3)


Family in Greek Literature and Film, George Syrimis (5)

Cold War History, Konstantina Maragkou (28)

Additional Areas:

Cold War history and Culture, Maragkou & Syrimis (5)

Dionysus in Modernity, George Syrimis (17)

Memory and Conflict, Giorgos Antoniou, Spring 2008
Contemporary Greece, George Syrimis, Spring 2008
European Oral Literature, Maria Kaliambou, Fall 2007
Themes in Modern Greek History, Dimitri Kastritsis, Spring 2007
The Ottoman Empire, Dimitri Kastritsis, Fall 2006
Minorities and Majorities in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1700-2000, Christine Philiou, Spring 2006
The Ottoman Empire: Political Legacies, Imperial Realities, Christine Philiou, Spring 2006
Cavafy, Forster, and Durrell: Alexandria and its Literary Progeny, George Syrimis, Spring 2005
"Our Greece": European Visions of Greece, George Syrimis, Fall 2005
Modern Greece, Hellenism, and Turkey, Christine Philliou, Spring 2005
Mythologies of Hellenism, George Syrimis, Spring 2005
The Ottoman Empire, Christine Philliou, Fall 2004
Hellenic Philosophical Theology, Keimpe Algra, Fall 2004
The Modern Olympics, Theodore Bromund, Spring 2004
Mother, Daughter, Empress, Nun: Women's Lives in the Eastern Mediterranean, Christina Katsougiannopoulou-Ewald, Fall 2003
The Poetry of C. P. Cavafy, George Syrimis, Fall 2003
Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death: Aspects of Byzantine and Modern Greek Private Life, Christina Katsougiannopoulou-Ewald, Spring 2003
Cultures, Histories, and Passions in South East Europe, Anastasia
Karakasidou, Fall 2002
Greek Poetry and Song since 1800, George Syrimis, Fall 2002
Mediterranean Folktales, Anna Stavrakopoulou, Spring 2002
Greece and the Modern Imagination, Stathis Gourgouris, Fall 2001

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