Special Events

The Icons of Sound: Aghia Sophia Reimagined

November 4 – 5, 2016

Take a virtual journey to Hagia Sophia, Constantinople's Great Church, when the renowned choir Cappella Romana returns to Stanford to continue its collaboration with Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and its Art and Art History department. CCRMA will digitally imprint Hagia Sophia's reverberant acoustics on Cappella Romana's sublime Byzantine chant, complemented by visuals designed to create a totally immersive experience. Faculty experts in art, music, and technology lead the audience through this acoustic and aesthetic journey in time.  

Icons Of Sound

Aristophanes and Politics

September 30 – October 1, 2016

A two-day scholarly event, open to the public, organized by the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University.

Aristophanes And Politics


Stevens Institute of Technology & IEEE Symposium

Ancient Hellenic Engineering and the Transformation of Earth through Fire

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Educational Events

Meet the Author – Book Presentation events.

Sophia Nikolaidou The Scapegoat. Translated by Karen Emmerich. (October 18-31)

Host Institutions

Richard Stockton College of NJ (October 19)

Princeton University (October 20)

Stony Brook University (October 21)

University of South Florida (October 22)

University of Florida Gainsville (October 26)

Harvard University (October 27)

Brown University (October 29) 

*October 30-31, Sophia Nikolaidou will present her work at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

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Book Presentation and Discussion

Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea

Dr. David Konstan

Professor of Classics at New York University

Published by Oxford University Press

Volume No. 5 in the Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

Introduced by Dr. Peter Meineck, Professor of Classics at NYU

Director of the Aquila Theatre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

New York, NY 10016

About the Author: David Konstan is Professor of Classics at New York University and Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at Brown University. Among his books are Roman Comedy (1983), Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres (1994), Greek Comedy and Ideology (1995), Friendship in the Classical World (1997), Pity Transformed (2001), The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks (2006), "A Life Worthy of the Gods": The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus (2008), and Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea (2010). He was president of the American Philological Association in 1999, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

About the Book: Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea What does it mean to say something is beautiful? On the one hand, beauty is associated with erotic attraction; on the other, it is the primary category in aesthetics, and it is widely supposed that the proper response to a work of art is one of objective contemplation. At its core, then, beauty is a contested concept, and both sides feel comfortable appealing to the authority of Plato, and via him, to the ancient Greeks generally. So, who is right-if either? Beauty offers an elegant investigation of ancient Greek notions of beauty and, in the process, sheds light on how we ought to appreciate the artistic achievements of the classical world. 

About the Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture The Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture is the product of an exciting collaboration between the Onassis Foundation USA and the Oxford University Press. In this Series, Oxford University Press publishes books based on original scholarly work presented to academic and broader audiences through lecture tours organized by the Onassis Foundation USA University Seminars Program. 

Other books published in the Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture:

The Age of Titans: The Rise and Fall of the Great Hellenistic Navies

Professor William M. Murray

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Professor Simon Goldhill

Nectar and Illusion: Nature in Byzantine Art and Literature

Professor Henry Maguire

Adventures with Iphigenia at Tauris: A Cultural History of Euripides’ Black Sea Tragedy

Professor Edith Hall

Kisses To The Children

October 20, 2014. 5:00 pm. Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue. New Haven. CT. Public Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children.” Directed by Vassilis Loules. Follwed by a conversation with the Director.

Hosted by the Program of Hellenic Studies, Judaic Studies and Program for the Study of Antisemitism at Yale University. 

October 21, 2014. 6:00 pm. Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center. 74 Morningside Drive, New York, NY. Public Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children”. Followed by a conversation with the Director.

Hosted by the Modern Greek Seminar at the University Seminar Program, the Program of Hellenic Studies, the Heyman Center for the Humanities and The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University. 

October 22, 2014. 9:00pm. Auditorium 211. Van Dyck Hall. Department of History. Rutgers University. 16 Seminary Place. New Brunswick. NJ.

"Remembering the Silences of WWII: The Holocaust in the City of Thessaloniki, Greece."
This public event includes presentations of Professors Electra Kostopoulou and Efe Khayyat, screening of the documentary “Kisses to the Children” and discussion with the Film Director Vassilis Loules.
Hosted by the Department of History, the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Modern Greek Studies, the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University.

October 27, 2014. 6:30pm. Boylston Hall 110 (Fong Auditorium). Harvard University. Cambridge. MA Public screening of the “Reconstruction” by Theo Angelopoulos, and “The Noose” by Vassilis Loules. Followed by a discussion with Film Director Vassilis Loules. 

Hosted by the Program of Modern Greek Studies at Harvard University. 

October 28, 2014. 7:00pm. Arts Emerson presents Bright Lights Screening and Talk Series: “Kisses to the Children”

Directed by Vassilis Loules. Followed by a conversation with the Director.

Hosted by the Dept. of Writing,

Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. 

October 30, 2014. 6:30pm. Room TBA. Public Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children.” Followed by a conversation with the Director. 

Hosted by the Phrixos Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek studies, and the Department of Jewish studies at

McGill University.

November 3, 2014. Doors open at 5:30pm. Screening time 7:00pm. Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. Public Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children.” Directed by Vassilis Loules

Hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University.

November 6, 2014. 6:00pm Reception. 6:30 pm Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children.” 

Discussion moderated by Dr. Eva Prionas (Stanford University)

Discussants: Vassilis Loules, Filmmaker

Florentina Mocanu, Actor, Director, Writer, University of San Francisco

Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Executive Director, United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) and UNAFF Traveling Film Festivals

Hosted by Modern Greek Language, Culture and Literature at Stanford, the Stanford Language Center, the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford and the Greek American Professional Women's Society. Stanford University

November 7, 2014. 12:00- 1:00pm. Workshop with Vassilis Loules, Filmmaker

In the Stanford seminar "Greece in Film and Literature." Special Language Program-Stanford Language Center. 

Stanford University.

November 10, 2014. 7:00 pm. Public Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children.” Followed by a conversation with the Director. Majestic Bay Theatre, Seattle.

Hosted by the Sephardic Studies Program, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, and the Hellenic Studies Program at the University of Washington, Seattle.

November 12, 2014. 4:00 pm. Public Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children.” Directed by Vassilis Loules. Followed by a conversation with the Director.

Hosted by the Department of Classics and the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida.

November 13, 2014. 1:50 pm. Screening of the Documentary “Lela Karayiannis”. Directed by Vassilis Loules. Followed by a discussion with the Director. Florida Gym 0280 at the University of Florida. 

Hosted by the Department of Classics and the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida.

November 17, 2014. 3:00pm. Screenings of “The Noose” and “A Bright Shining Sun,” followed by discussion with their Director Vassilis Loules. Screenwriting seminar. University of Oklahoma Film & Media Studies Program.

November 17, 2014. 7:00pm. Meacham Auditorium in the OU Memorial Union. 900 Asp. Avenue, STE 428, Norman, OK. Public Screening of the Documentary “Kisses to the Children.” Followed by a conversation with the Director. Hosted by Film & Media Studies Program, the Schusterman Center for Judaic & Israel Studies & the OU Memorial Union Programming Board at the University of Oklahoma.

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In celebration of the Greek Presidency of the European Union
In cooperation with the Embassies of Greece in Mexico, Brazil, and Chile
With the kind support of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Biblioteca Vasconsuelos (Mexico), the Casa Thomas Jefferson (Brazil), and the Teatro Municipal de las Contes (Chile).
The University Seminars Program of the Onassis Foundation USA presents:

Greece in Poetry and Music

Alexandra Gravas, mezzo-soprano

Despina Apostolou-Holscher, piano

Presenting the works of famous Greek poets including: Odysseas Elytis, Yorgos Seferis and Constantine Cavafy, with music by internationally renowned composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Dimitris Papadimitriou and others.

Scheduled Recitals:

April 2: Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico at 7 PM

April 4: Biblioteca Vasconsuelos, Mexico City, Mexico at 6:30 PM

April 7: Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brazilia, Brazil at 8 PM

April 9: Teatro Municipal de las Contes, Santiago, Chile at 8 PM