News

May 2019

Dear Friends of the Caloyeras Center,

As we approach the end of the academic year, we want to thank you for your continued support, communicate some of the highlights of the Center’s important work for 2018-2019, and share our exciting plans for the next academic year. 

This year the Center offered 10 fully-enrolled courses on Greek history, language and culture, literature, Orthodox spirituality, and Greek-American immigrant identities—all open to the community. Our lecture series, generously supported by the Hellenic University Club of Southern California, brought together our community with a lecture on agricultural practices and their impact on the environment and the Greek economy in the 19th c. by historian David Idol. Former presidential nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis returned to our campus for a conversation with our students about the need for public engagement and service. The talk was dedicated to the late Aris Anagnos, a founding member and warm supporter of the Caloyeras Center over its 45-year history, whose commitment to democracy and human rights very aptly align with LMU’s mission. The Center partnered with several community organizations to support, co-host and/or co-organize several events: the Greek Heritage Society and their premiere of the third segment of their documentary “The New Greek Americans: 1960-2018,” the Hellenic Library, the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, and the upcoming LA Greek Film Festival among others.

The most satisfying aspect of our work, however, has been seeing the direct impact our program has to our students. Our Odyssey summer study abroad program in Spetses, Greece is ready to depart in June with a trip that promises to be a transformative experience for our students. With your support, this year the Center was able to provide a total of $20,000 for scholarships and academic awards based on academic merit and financial need to the Center’s students. The Peter and Beverly Caloyeras Odyssey Scholarship Fund supported $10,000 in scholarships for studying abroad in Greece. The Rosalind Farmans Halikis Scholarship Fund provided an annual $5,000 scholarship to a student minoring in Modern Greek studies. The annual Barbara and Hugh Gray award, supported by the Leventhal family, and the Mary Tsassis award were given to students who distinguished themselves in the study of Modern Greek language and history respectively.

The Caloyeras Center has continued to play an integral role in LMU’s Core Curriculum and mission to prepare our students for engaged global citizenship. Our courses have implemented Engaged Learning flags and have received grants for their contributions to themes of global social justice. The Center has been recognized by the university as a leader in the internationalization of the LMU curriculum, on campus and abroad. A new course to be offered in spring 2020 on Modern Greek Playwrights has been chosen for LMU’s Global Immersions program and has received external donor funding for an annual spring-break trip to Athens where the students will have the opportunity to learn about the city’s rich theatrical history as the birthplace of western drama, sneak inside 19thc. theatrical buildings and modern underground spaces to discover the city’s rebirth as one of the most vibrant theatrical scenes in Europe. In partnership with the distinguished DIKEMES (International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies) and through a series of visits, lectures, backstage tours and meetings with artists, they will discuss matters like creating theater both in the past and the present, theater-making in times of political and economic crisis, popular forms of Modern Greek theater and everyday life as a source of inspiration. The students will culminate this learning experience with a stage production of a Greek play back on our campus, participating as actors, stage managers, or dramaturges. 

This year also marked the establishment of our newly endowed annual lecture series made possible by the generosity of long-time supporters of the Center Nasreen Babu-Khan and Howard A. Lehrhoff, honoring the late Zoe Caloyera. We are very excited to announce a dramatic performance of Yiorgios Vizyinos’ story “My Mother’s Sin” by a talented group of women artists from the National Theater of Greece on Saturday, October 19th. Look in the mail for your invitation in the fall! We hope you will join us for this truly exciting event for our community!

2019 marks 170 years since the birth of Vizyinos, one of the most important and celebrated Modern Greek writers. In celebration of his life and work, still relevant today in its themes of immigrants, refugees, and marginalized and underrepresented groups, and in collaboration with the Hellenic Library of Southern California, the Hellenic University Club, the LA Greek Film Festival, and other community organizations and institutions, we are planning a series of group readings, book-club meetings, film screenings, and other events. More details will be announced in the fall.

We are also thrilled to announce that the Greek Dances class is coming back in the fall. The class was taught for many years at LMU by Athan Karras, a well-known authority, performer, and teacher of Greek folk dance, beloved by the community for his vast knowledge, enthusiasm and charismatic personality. The Center is dedicating the new class in his memory. Join us for Greek dancing with a series of guests instructors and events!

Last but not least: following Demetrios Liappas’ retirement last spring, the Center announced its Endowment Campaign in order to raise the necessary funds to solidify our endowment and initiate a much-needed tenure track position in honor of Demetrios’ 45 years of dedicated service to the Caloyeras Center and LMU. We hope that you will join us in this important for the Center and our community campaign and you will consider including the Caloyeras Center in your philanthropic plans with a tax-exempt gift. At any level, your support is critical and makes our work possible as the Center’s academic program and activities are 100% supported by your annual contributions. Help us maintain our program and expand its scope to reach a younger generation of students, community members, and friends of Hellenic culture.

Explore the Modern Greek Studies website to learn more about our program, its activities, and the Endowment Campaign.

We hope we will see you in one—or more— of our 12 classes next year, all open to the community.

With deep gratitude and best wishes for the summer.

 

Warm regards,

 

Christina Bogdanou

 

 

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December 2018

 

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Caloyeras Center,

As we approach the end of the fall semester, we want to thank you for your continued support and share our exciting plans for the rest of the academic year.

Fall semester is well underway with fully-enrolled courses on Greek history, language and culture, Orthodox spirituality, and Greek-American immigrant identities. Our spring and summer course offerings promise a successful turnout as well. Our lecture series, generously supported by the Hellenic University Club of Southern California, has recently brought together our community with a lecture on agricultural practices and their impact on the environment and the Greek economy in the 19th c. by our newly appointed part-time historian, Professor David Idol. Our Odyssey summer study abroad program in Spetses is already filling up and promises to be a transformative experience for our students.

The Caloyeras Center has continued to play an integral role in LMU’s new core curriculum and mission to prepare our students for engaged global citizenship. Our courses have implemented Engaged Learning flags and have received grants for their contributions to themes of global social justice. The Center has been recognized by the university as a leader in the internationalization of the LMU curriculum, on campus and abroad.

This academic year also marks the beginning of our newly established endowed annual lecture made possible by the generosity of long-time supporters of the Center Nasreen Babu-Khan and Howard A. Lehrhoff, honoring the late Zoe Caloyeras. More information about our inaugural lecture will be announced in the spring. We hope you will join us for this truly exciting event for our community!

Following Demetrios Liappas’ retirement last spring, (see photos here) the Center announced its Endowment Campaign in order to raise the necessary funds to solidify our endowment and initiate a much-needed full-time tenure track position in honor of Demetrios’ 45 years of dedicated service to the Caloyeras Center and LMU. We hope that you will join us in this important for the Center and our community campaign and you will consider including the Caloyeras Center in your end-of-year philanthropic plans with a tax-deductible gift. At any level, your support is critical and makes our work possible as the Center’s program and activities are 100% supported by your contributions. Visit our website at http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/moderngreek/ to find out more about the program, its activities, and our Endowment Campaign.

With deep gratitude and best wishes for the Holidays and the New Year.

Warm regards,

Christina Bogdanou, Ph.D.

Director