Modern Greek Culture Lecture Series

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Thanks to a generous gift from Jim and Sandra Boves, the Modern Greek Culture Lecture brings to campus each year a distinguished scholar of the literature, language, history, thought, and culture of Modern Greece.

2023-2024 Modern Greek Lecturer:

Anastasia Drandaki, Assoc. Prof. of Byzantine Art and Archaeology - Faculty of History and Archaeology.

Visions of Byzantine Cosmopolitanism in Interwar Greece: Antonis Benakis and Byzantium

Previous Modern Greek Culture Lecturers:


  • 2022/2023: Anna Stavrakopoulou, Associate Professor of Theatre Studies Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. “The State of the Stage in 21st century Greece”
  • 2021/2022: Karen R. Emmerich, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University. “Forms of Belonging: Citizenship and the (Modern) Greek Literary Sphere”
  • 2021/2022: Emily Greenwood, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Classics and the University Center for Human Values Princeton University. “Optative Citizenship: Mary Church Terrell on Knowing Greek and Black Women’s Suffrage”
  • 2019/2020: Yannis Hamilakis, “Ideal, Nation, Crypto-Colony: How Greece Should Celebrate its Bicentenary”
  • 2018/2019: Thomas Gallant, “Greece’s Two Fins-de-Siècles”
  • 2017/2018: Geoffrey Horrocks, “Greek - Necessary Myths and Wilful Oversights”
  • 2016/2017: Constanze Guthenke, “The Last Arcadians: Classical Scholars in Greece”
  • 2014/2015: Paul Cartledge, “A Tarnished Dawn: Ancient Sparta’s Perception Today and Tomorrow”
  • 2013/2014: Michael Herzfeld, “Crisis or Judgment: Exasperation and Obligation in Greece Today”
  • 2012/2013: Stathis Gourgouris, “Cavafy’s Debt”
  • 2011/2012: Mark Mazower,  “Alfred Zimmern, Ancient Greece, and the Idea of International Relations”