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 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.