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Modern Greek Studies
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Modern Greek Studies

Modern Greek Studies

The Modern Greek Studies Program promotes study, research, and publications focusing on modern times from the Greek perspective. The Program coordinates course offerings, scholarly visits, graduate fellowships, and a series of publications.

The Program collaborates closely with the Center for European Studies, the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, the Department of History, the Religious Studies Program, the Russian Area Studies Program, the Humanities Program, and the University Libraries.

The field of modern Greek studies developed as part of a graduate studies program in Russian and Near Eastern cultural relations with special emphasis on Greek-Slavic relations in modern times. Efforts to intensify the development of the program began in 1972 with the contribution to the University or the Basil Laourdas personal archive and library and the creation of the Basil Laourdas Fellowship Fund. Several graduate students have received their training and degrees in this field.

The focus of the Program is interdisciplinary, highlighting not only Greek-Slavic relations but also the relationship of Greece to the new Europe and the Mediterranean world. Ongoing activities include: