Event Highlights

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1821-2021: Celebrating 200 years of Modern Greece

The Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture and Leadership Award

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
June 9, 2021

Zoe Caloyeras delivering a speech.

In celebration of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and 200 years of Modern Greece and the people who have made a mark along the way, the Caloyeras Center was honored to welcome for this year’s Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture and Leadership Award, Mrs. Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, ambassador-at-large of the Hellenic State and the president of the GREECE 2021 committee charged by the Greek government to organize the bicentennial celebrations.

The Center presented Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki with a Leadership Award for her life-long commitment and contributions to public life, education, and philanthropy; as well as her tireless promotion of Hellenic values and ideals, in Greece and abroad. 

The Center’s Director, Dr. Christina Bogdanou, and BCLA Dean Robbin Crabtree welcomed the honoree to LMU on behalf of the University President, Tim Law Snyder. Her Excellency, the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the US, Alexandra Papadopoulou congratulated Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki.

The award was presented by Dr. Nasreen Babu-Khan, the founder of the Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture Fund in honor of her grandmother, Zoe Caloyera.

Ambassador Angelopoulos was elected to the Athens Municipal Council in 1987. In 1989, she was elected to the Greek Parliament and won re-election the following year. Following her marriage to Theodore Angelopoulos, she resigned her seat in the Parliament to focus on family and business.

In 1996, Costas Simitis, the Prime Minister of Greece at the time, appointed her to lead the country’s successful campaign to host the 2004 Olympic Games. In 2000, when slow progress and gridlocked bureaucracy put Athens in danger of losing the Games, she was asked to assume the Presidency of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee and save the project.

Her memoir, My Greek Drama, was published by Greenleaf Book Group in May 2013, and became a top ten New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Mrs. Angelopoulos has served as Vice-Chairman of the Dean’s Council of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (HKS) since 1994 and now also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Business and Government.

In 2011, she established the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program at the HKS to bring distinguished leaders to Harvard in order to interact with students, share lessons learned and reflect upon the next phase of their public service.

Mrs. Angelopoulos is the founder and sponsor of the Angelopoulos Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Fellowship Program (100 young Greek entrepreneurs have benefitted), and a leading philanthropist for projects in Greece and around the globe.

The Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture Fund is a signature series that brings to the LMU campus outstanding individuals in the fields of art, culture, science, and public life relevant to the ongoing work of the Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies. It is made possible through the generous support and commitment of Nasreen Babu-Khan and Howard Lehrhoff to Hellenic Studies and the Southern California Greek-American community.

Read more about this event on The Hellenic Journal.

View the recording here.

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1821-2021: Celebrating 200 years of Modern Greece

In the footsteps of the Americas: The Greek Revolution of 1821 and its place in world history

A lecture by Roderick Beaton, Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language, and Literature at King's College, UK.

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
March 20, 2021

In celebration of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and 200 years of Modern Greece and its people, the Caloyeras Center was honored to welcome to LMU Professor Roderick Beaton, renowned scholar of Hellenic Studies. Professor Beaton is a Fellow of the British Academy and Commander of the Order of Honor of the Hellenic Republic. He is a member of the Committee “GREECE 2021” which has been charged by the Greek government with overseeing events commemorating the 200th anniversary. 

Professor Beaton is the author of many books and articles about aspects of the Greek-speaking world from the twelfth century to the present day, including An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature (1994); George Seferis: Waiting for the Angel. A Biography (2003); Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (2013), all three of which won the prestigious Runciman Award for best book on the Hellenic world, and Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation (2019, now a Penguin paperback). His latest book, an overview of Greek history from the Bronze Age to 2021, is due to be published in autumn 2021 with the title The Greeks: A Global History.

The Caloyeras Center was honored to welcome her Excellency the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the US, Alexandra Papadopoulou, for the opening remarks to Professor Beaton's talk.

View the recording here.

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GREECE 1821-2021: Celebrating 200 years of Modern Greece

The Forgotten Heroes of the Balkan Wars: Greek-Americans and Philhellenes, 1912-1913

A book presentation by Peter G. Giakoumis, author and military historian and researcher.

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
February 3, 2021

The Forgotten Heroes of the Balkan Wars: Greek-Americans and Philehellenes, 1912-1913

2021 marks the landmark 200-year anniversary of the Greek War of Independence of 1821 and 200 years of Greece as a modern nation. The Caloyeras Center, in collaboration with other Greek-American community organizations, will celebrate this monumental anniversary throughout 2021 with a series of events celebrating the significance of these 200 years of history for Greece and the world, as well as the people who have contributed to it, in Greece and in the diaspora.

Peter S. Giakoumis talked about the Greek-American regiment of soldiers volunteering from all over the US who travelled to the front lines of the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913. Diving into official military reports, contemporary newspaper articles, rare photographs, letters from the front and private archives, Giakoumis offered an in-depth account into the heroism of Greek immigrants and the decisive role they played in the war.

The event was co-hosted by the Caloyeras Center and the Hellenic Library of Southern California.

View the recording here.

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COVID-19 VACCINES: Efficacy and Safety 

An Informational session led by Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, Dean of the USC School of Pharmacy & John Stauffer Dean's Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dr. Richard H. Dang, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Residency Program Director, USC and Chair of the California Pharmacists Association COVID-19 Taskforce.

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
January 7, 2021

Guest speakers Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos and Dr. Richard H. Dang.

Dean Vassilios Papadopoulos and Pr. Richard H. Dang presented information on the science behind the mRNA vaccines receiving emergency approval by the FDA, the vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna, their efficacy and safety, as well as details about the process of release and distribution.

The presentation was co-hosted by the Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles.

View the recording here.

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The Greek Orthodox Church in America: A Modern History - A book presentation by Pr. Alexander Kitroeff (Haverford College)

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
November 18, 2020

Professor Alexander Kitroeff

Professor Alexander Kitroeff spoke about his book The Greek Orthodox Church in America: A Modern History. 

A social history of the relationship between the Greek Orthodox Church in America and the Greek-American community, the presentation touched upon topics ranging from the early years of the Greek Orthodoxy’s arrival to the US, its Americanization and liturgical language crisis, efforts to influence US foreign policy towards Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, to more contemporary challenges such as the Church’s identity for the 21st c. and the responses to COVID-19.

The event was co-hosted by The Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Saint Sophia Cathedral, and the Hellenic Library of Southern California.

View the recording here.

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The Conversion of Hagia Sophia: Sacred Spaces, Cultural Heritage, and the Islamist Nation Building

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
September 30, 2020

Drawing courtesy of George Chialtas

The conversion of Hagia Sophia into a working mosque on July 24, 2020, after almost 90 years of its status as a museum, has met by a chorus of dismay from both religious and political leaders around the world, as well as from Turkish secular democratic groups that oppose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government.

Declared a museum in 1934, Hagia Sophia has stood as a symbol of Ottoman secularism, multiculturalism, tolerance, and reconciliation with the West and Christianity.

The panel discussion explored the broader implications of the conversion of Hagia Sophia, one of the most significant world heritage monuments and Christianity, and what this means for future interfaith dialogue.

Panelists:  Archimandrite Cyril HovorunFr. Dorian Llywelyn (Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, USC) Maria Mavroudi (History, Berkeley), Bissera Pentcheva (Art History, Stanford), Ali Yaycıoğlu (History, Stanford)

Moderator: Fr. Thomas Rausch, Acting Director Huffington Ecumenical Institute, LMU

The event was co-hosted by The Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Theological Studies Department, and the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at LMU 

View the recording here.

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An ILIAD: A concert reading with Apollo Dukakis and Endre Balogh on the Violin

Written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. Based on Homer's The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles. 

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
March 8, 2020

Apollo Dukakis

Apollo Dukakis, beloved community member and longtime resident artist at A Noise Within, gave a heartrending performance of the world-weary Poet who brings himself onto the stage with shuffling steps to talk about a war that has never stopped since the time of Homer. 

In a symbiosis of text and music, An Iliad is about both the past and present, about all wars and the human cost we all have to live with. The Poet invokes his Muse (violinist Endre Balogh) to help him tell a harrowing story, far too familiar: the story of heroes fallen whose names, ironically, have been forgotten. The names of wars change but War does not.

The event was cohosted by the Hellenic Library of Southern California.

View the photo gallery here.

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The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt:  A book presentation and signing by Pr. Alexander Kitroeff (Haverford College)

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
February 22, 2020

The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt

The Caloyeras Center was honored to host historian Alexander Kitroef in the Los Angeles Saint Sophia Cathedral for a presentation of his book about the Greeks of Egypt. Pr. Kitroeff’s book is the first account of the modern Greek presence in Egypt from its beginnings during the era of Muhammad Ali to its final days under Nasser.

The book casts a critical eye on the reality and myths surrounding the complex and ubiquitous Greek community in Egypt by examining the Greeks’ legal status, their relations with the country’s rulers, their interactions with both elite and ordinary Egyptians, their economic activities, their contacts with foreign communities, their ties to their Greek homeland, and their community life, which included a rich and celebrated literary culture.

The Greek Consulate General and the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt offered opening remarks that stressed the historical ties between the two countries and the hope for closer future collaboration. 

View the photo gallery from the event here.

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"My Mother's Sin": Inaugural Event for the Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture Fund

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
October 19, 2019

Click the image above to watch "My Mother's Sin"

On Friday, October 19, 2019, Yiorgios Vizyenos’ “My Mother’s Sin” was performed to a packed room of LMU students and community members. The story was interpreted by Rena Kyprioti, an alumna of the Art Theatre of Karolos Koun, in a solo performance directed by Danae Roussou, who has collaborated with the Athens Concert Hall and the Epidavros Athens Festival.

The costume, a special polymorphic artistic design that allowed the performance of several characters by Rena Kyprioti, was designed by Vana Giannoula (London College of Fashion), an established member of Disney Studios’ costume department (recent film credits include Justice League (2017), Beauty & the Beast (2016), Tarzan (2016), Cinderella (2015), Testament of Youth (2015) & Jupiter Ascending (2015).

The music was composed by the internationally renowned and award-winning composer Nikos Kypourgos (Conservatoire de Paris), a close collaborator of Manos Hatzidakis.

Eirini Vourlakou (New York Acting Studio) was the assistant director and production manager.

The performance was presented under the auspices of the President of Greece, Prokopios Pavlopoulos and was supported by the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles.

The Director of the Caloyeras Center, Dr. Christina Bogdanou thanked the cast and director for their moving performance: “The work of Vizyenos seems simple but is deeply layered and esoteric. It is an extraordinary achievement for a single performer, switching from character to character without pause, to convey such emotion about a mother’s enormous guilt and pain as well as her children’s eventual understanding and forgiveness. The brilliant costume, embodying all characters, the mesmerizing music and use of light, they all made this an almost mystical experience.”

The event was the inaugural event of the Zoe Caloyera Distinguished Lecture Fund. This signature series brings to the LMU campus outstanding individuals in the fields of art, culture, and science, relevant to the ongoing work of the Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies. It is made possible through the generous support and commitment of Nasreen Babu-Khan and Howard Lehrhoff to Hellenic Studies and the Southern California Greek-American community.

Read more about this event on Greek Reporter USA.

View the photo gallery from "My Mother's Sin" here.


 

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A Conversation with Michael Dukakis: Young People Must "Take the Reins"

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
March 28, 2019

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On March 28, 2019, former Governor and Democratic Party Presidential nominee Michael Dukakis spoke to a packed room, full of college students and young professionals stressing the importance of civic engagement.

Since his early steps in public service during the 1960s, Dukakis has been committed to government reform, cleansing the political system from corruption and encouraging young professionals to serve. As one the founders of the Commonwealth Organization of Democrats (COD), Dukakis dedicated several evenings each week, actively recruiting idealistic, honorable and able professionals to run for office in an effort to reinvigorate local and state government with a new generation, committed to the ideal of a genuine Democracy with respect for human and civil rights.

At the talk, organized by the Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies, the former Massachusetts Governor, Northeastern University Distinguished Professor and visiting professor at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, contemplated the current state of U.S. politics and our country’s future. Evgenia Beniatoglou, the Consul General of Greece in Los Angeles, introduced the Governor to a standing ovation.

The event was dedicated to Aris Anagnos, the Los Angeles Greek-American community leader and Dukakis’ friend, who passed away last year. Anagnos, co-founded, chaired and financed countless cultural, philanthropic and political organizations and initiatives, including The Caloyeras Center at LMU. Daughter Thalia, his son Demos, and daughter-in-law Carol Anagnos attended the event and received an honorary plaque. “Our family is honored to be a small part of Governor Dukakis’ journey to inspire Hellenism in American civic life today” stated Demos and Thalia Anagnos. “Our father strongly encouraged young people to effect change and get involved in politics. He was very proud of Governor Michael Dukakis’ success. Together they frequently fought for social justice and a better America for everyone.”

The Caloyeras Center was honored to host Governor Dukakis while honoring Aris Anagnos, as the life and mission of both men exemplifies LMU’s mission to educate our students in their civic duties and responsibilities, and in the protection of human rights.

Governor Dukakis spoke about the founders of the The Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies at LMU. “Peter Caloyeras and Aris Anagnos were two extraordinary Greek-Americans, who I’d like to think are representative of a lot of us, who either immigrated to this country, or are the children of immigrants and did great things, in many, many ways. As a Greek-American, I am proud about what we’ve done, and what other immigrants like us, have done.

Dukakis expressed his hope that, like Pericles, “this university and other schools around the country will encourage young people ‘to get deeply, and actively, involved in the political life of their communities.’”

The event was co-hosted by the LMU Peace and Justice Studies, the History Department, the American-Hellenic Council, the Greek Heritage Society, the Hellenic Library, the LA Greek Film Festival, and the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture. It was filmed in connection with Nikolette Orlandou’s documentary, entitled Greek Diaspora.

Read more about this event on The National Herald.

View the photo gallery for the event here.
 

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Professor Demetrios Liappas's Retirement Gathering

Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
May 19, 2018

Demetrios Liappas
Professor Demetrios Liappas

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Professor Demetrios Liappas celebrated his retirement from the directorship of the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies at Loyola Marymount University. At an elegant reception at the William H. Cannon library with a breath-taking view of the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles basin, a gathering of former students, friends, supporters, and colleagues exchanged memories as Lambros Howard played traditional Greek music. Many of the Center’s strongest, most loyal supporters attended, among them: Peter and Vivi Demopoulos, Cleo Andrews, Hope Berk, Dalia and Kip Miller, George and Tina Kolovos, Eleftheria and Ted Polychronis, Rosalind Halikis, and Peter and Caroline Caloyeras. Several of the leading organizations for the Greek community of Southern California were represented by their leadership including the Hellenic University Club by the current President, Dr. Zafiris Gourgouliatos, the Federation of Greek Organizations of Southern California by Dr. Philip Trevezas, President, and the Greek Heritage Society by the current President, Shelly Papadopoulos, former President Zoyë Fidler, and board member Anna Gianniotis. After more than forty years of teaching and administration, Professor Liappas was passing the torch to Professor Christina Bogdanou, the current Director of the Center.

The gathering was blessed by Fr. John Bakas, Dean of St. Sophia Cathedral, who is also an Adjunct Professor of Theology at LMU, teaching courses in Greek Orthodoxy and Greek Orthodox Spirituality for the Center and the Department of Theology. Fr. Bakas and Presbytera Bakas were joined at the reception by Fr. and Presbytera Michael Courey of St. Katherine’s in Redondo Beach. Another long-time supporter of the Center, the Honorable Andreas Kyprianides, Honorary Consul General of Cyprus, served as Master of Ceremonies. Demetrios Liappas, with Andreas Kyprianides and Aris Anagnos, Dr. Jim Dimitriou, and Ted Polychronis—all present at the reception—were among the original founders of the Save Cyprus Council which has evolved into the dynamic political action group, the American Hellenic Council.

Also in attendance were some of Professor Liappas’ family members who had flown in from the east coast and from Australia. They were his sister Katy Christodouleas, her sons Drs. James and John Chrisodouleas, her daughter Dr. Tina Christodouleas Tabakovic, and their nephew, Apostolos Pinakidis. Dr. James Christodouleas of Price Waterhouse Cooper, Australia, spoke of the family’s love for their brother and uncle. Basil P. Caloyeras, whose father, Peter, first endowed the Center, added his words of appreciation for Professor Liappas’ achievements and renewed his pledge to support the work of the Center. The Associate Dean of Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at LMU, Dr. Molly Youngkin, talked about the importance of the instructional program of the Center in the academic mission of the university. Three former students of the Center, Antigoni Vasilopoulou ’15, Gabriel Courey ’09, and Fotis Davlantis ’04 gave moving tributes to the life-changing opportunities that Professor Liappas and the Center had provided them in their education. Donna Gray, Director of Development at Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, thanked the many donors who were present and reminded us all that philanthropy is a Greek virtue. The program ended with Professor Liappas telling us of the history of the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies and expressing his gratitude for all the years of support that so many in the Greek community have given the Center. He was especially touched by the presence of Vasso Fischer, former President of the Hellenic University Club, Zoyë Fidler, founding President of the Greek Heritage Society and Aris Anagnos, founder of the Save Cyprus Council and long-time supporter of social justice and generous supporter of the Center.

Read more about this event on The National Herald.

View the photo gallery here.
 

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