Center for Hellenic Studies

Launching Event for the Center for Hellenic Studies

Polyhedric Greece (November 8-9, 2019)

The Many Faces of the Greek World


Friday, November 8

Registration, Coffee, Greetings

10:30-11:00am            Greetings from, among others:

  • Dean Anne Walters Robertson, Dean of the Division of Humanities, University of Chicago
  • Jason Merchant, Vice Provost
  • Ekaterina Dimakis, Consul General of Greece in Chicago
  • Anastasia Giannakidou, Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies; Department of Linguistics

Plenary talk

11:00-12:00pm            Edith Hall, King’s College London: The Homeric Odyssey as Greek and World Literature Before and After Homer

12:15-2:00pm              LUNCH

Afternoon Session: Polis (Πόλις): Sovereignty and the state

2:00-2:30pm    Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, All Souls College, University of Oxford: What is Greece a Case of ?

2:30-3:00pm    Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, Ohio State University: Politeia: From Plato’s Republic to Constantine’s New Rome

3:00-3:15pm    Comments by Demetra Kasimis (Political Science, University of Chicago)

3:15-4:00pm   Discussion led by Demetra Kasimis (Political Science, University of Chicago)


4:30-5:30pm    Reception at the museum of the Oriental Institute

Saturday, November 9

Morning Session: Glossa (Γλώσσα): Language and the Teaching of Greek Language in the US

11:00-11:30am            Ioanna Sitaridou, Reader in Spanish and Historical Linguistics, Department of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, Cambridge University: Variation in Modern Greek Dialects

11:30-12:00pm            Zoe Gavriilidou, Professor of Linguistics and Vice Rector, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece: Profiling Greek Heritage Speakers of Chicago

12:00-12:30pm            Christopher Brown, Director of the Modern Greek Language Program, Ohio State University: Teaching Greek in the critical period: lessons from the Mohawks

1:00-2:00pm               LUNCH

Afternoon Session: History (Ιστορία): Greece in the East 2:00-4:30pm

2:00-2:30pm    Theodosios Kyriakidis, Reader of Pontic Studies, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece: Greeks of Asia Minor

2:30-3:00pm    George Mavropoulos, President of the Hellenic Research Center for Asia Minor and Pontos, Chicago: Short presentation followed by a private viewing of a documentary produced by the Hellenic Research Center for Asia Minor and Pontos.

This year (2019) marks the centenary of the Genocide of Pontic Greeks, i.e., the Greeks that used to live along the north coast of Asia Minor. The event is commemorated by academic institutions across the globe.

4:00-4:30pm   Coffee, Refreshments and Closing Remarks

All talks will be held at Breasted Hall, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1155 East 58thAvenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (

Lunches on Friday (November 8) and Saturday (November 9) will be served at LaSalle Bank Room, Oriental Institute (

Conference Co-sponsors

Department of Linguistics, Department of Classics; Department of History; Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC); Franke Institute; Provost’s Office; Stevanovich Institute for the Formation of Knowledge