News and Events

The Center for Hellenic Studies works collaboratively with the Institute of Arts and Humanities, the Classical Studies Program, and the Hellenic Cultural Society of San Diego to host seminars and conferences with local and international scholars.


2017-2018 PROGRAM



March 10, 2018

Concert with the Xylouris White Duo, at the Loft.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The Concert will be preceded at 7:00pm by a discussion with the performers, moderated by Professor Tom Gallant. Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad and has been playing professionally from age 12. Jim White is an Australian drummer known and loved throughout the world as the drummer of Dirty Three, Venom P Stinger and now Xylouris White. For the last four years these two men have been performing as Xylouris White, the culmination of 25 years of friendship forged through music and place. Tickets are FREE for UCSD Students. General Admission is $10. This event is co-presented with University Centers. 

March 15, 2018

Lecture co-sponsored with the Classical Studies Program, with guest speaker Katerina Ierodiakonou, Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of Geneva. The talk, "Ancient Theories of Color," will be held at the Huerta-Cruz Room, at the Old Student Center at 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served, following the talk. 

March, Date TBD

Celebration for Greek Independence Day.


April, Date TBD

Special Screening & Discussion of Iphigenia: Book of Change, a film by Elise Kermani.  Co-sponsored with Middle East Studies and the Classical Studies Program. Screened as part of the Institute of Arts and Humanities' Film Series.


April, 24, 2018

Lecture with Dr. Helen Philon, "Islamic Architecture of Deccan India -- 14th to 18th Centuries CE. Co-sponsored with the Jewish Studies Program and Middle East Studies Program.


April, Date TBD

West Coast Consortium for Hellenic Studies, Annual Graduate Student Conference.


May, Date TBD

First UCSD-Fudan University, Shanghai graduate student conference in ancient Greek History.


May, Date TBD

Lecture with Susanna Elm, the Sidney H. Ehrman Professor of European History, in the Department of History, at the University of California, Berkeley.


Past Events


February 15, 2018

A lecture with Dr. Nikos Panou, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Peter V. Tsantes Endowed Professor in Hellenic Studies at Stony Brook University. Dr. Panou will talk about "Artifices of Eternity: Constructing Sainthood in the Ottoman Balkans." The talk will be held at the Governance Chambers on the 4th floor of the Price Center, at 5pm.


February 12, 2018

The annual Vassiliadis Lecture was held at The Village 15th Floor, from 5-7pm.  Our featured speaker, Dr. Michael Kulikowski, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Classics  at Penn State University, will speak on "Was There a Eurasian Late Antiquity?". Dr. Kulikowski writes on the institutional and political history of late antiquity.  His books include Rome's Gothic Wars (2007) and Triumph of Empire (2016), and have been translated into six languages. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Wall Street Journal.  Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.


January 18, 2018

The second annual Ranglas Lecture was held at The Village 15A, between 5-7pm.  The talk is: "Were Barbarians Barbaric? The View from Greece," featuring Erich Gruen, Wood Professor Emeritus of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley .  The talk attempts to elicit how term "barbarian" was understood in the Hellenic world. Greeks Regularly referred to those who did not speak Greek as "barbaroi." Was this simply a matter of language and culture? Or did the term carry within it a sense of ethnic inferiority? Did that label signify uncivilized savages who were reckoned as contemptible and even subhuman? In short, did such characterization constitute racism?   


November 16, 2017

Nations Against Empires: Nation State Building in the Balkans, 18th-20th Centuries.” A special lecture with Dr. Christina Koulouri, Professor in Modern and Contemporary History at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences, in Athens, Greece, and Director of the Research Center for Modern History.  The talk will focus on major transformations in Southeastern Europe from the late eighteenth cetury to the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and the First World War (1914-1918), in the context of global changes that led to the demise of the Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and German empires and reconfigured the map of Europe.  The talk will be held at The Village at Torrey Pines, on the 15th floor, from 5-7pm.  Light refreshments will be served after the talk. 


October 9, 2017

An Archaeologist's Eye: Drawing the Parthenon Sculpture (or trying to see what is no longer visible).” Lecture with Katherine Schwab, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Fairfield University, scans of whose graphite drawings are part of the permanent installation in the Acropolis Museum, in Athens, Greece.  Dr. Schwab will discuss the drawing techniques she developed, the process of making these drawings, including the influence of Tibetan thangka painting, discoveries she has made, and proposed polychromatic effects in some of the Parthenon's East metopes. The talk will be held at the Fung Auditorium, in the Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, at the Jacobs School of Engineering, from 5-7pm, and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.


May 30, 2017

Dr. Ihor Lylo, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Hellenic Studies at UCSD and a Fulbright Scholar, gave a talk on "At Home Among Strangers; A Stranger At Home: A History of Lviv's Forgotten Greek Diaspora."

April 21–22, 2017
The UC San Diego Center for Hellenic Studies, with the generous support of the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, the UC San Diego Department of History and the Fudan-UC Center, hosted a successful first annual meeting of the Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity.  The program brought together over 40 scholars from China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA, who are working on the Roman, Byzantine, and Sassanian worlds.   
March 27, 2017, at 5:00-8:00pm, The Auditorium at Qualcomm Institute
Dr. George Pavlidis, Research Director of the ATHENA Research Center in Greece, delivered a lecture followed by a reception in honor of Greek Independence Day.  The talk on "Digital Cultural Heritage in Greece & Beyond" was co-sponsored with the UC Cyber-Archaeology Center, Jewish Studies, and the Hellenic Student Asspociation of UCSD. 


March 2, 2017 at 4:00-6:00pm, The Village at Torrey Pines: 15th Floor, Room A
Sarah Iles Johnston, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of Classics and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University, gave the second annual Ranglas Lecture.

The talk explored the Greeks' extraordinary fondness for hero stories, the techniques they developed to narrate effectively, with a contrasting look at the ways they told stories about gods, and how Greek hero stories compared with stories in other cultures. 

February 1, 2017 at 4:00-6:00pm, The Village at Torrey Pines: 15th Floor.
Professor David Frankfurter, Professor of Religion and William Goodwin Aurelio Chair in the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University, gave the 5th Annual Alkiviadis Vassiliades Lecture, on "The Magic of Craft: Worshops and the Materialization of Christianity in Late Antique Egypt.
David Frankfurter, is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religions with specialties in Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature, magical texts, popular religion, and Egypt in the Roman and early Byzantine periods. His lecture explored the role of craftsmen and workshops in giving shape to Christianity in the fourth and later centuries CE.

October 29, 2016 at 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
UC San Diego hosted the Friends of Ancient History Meeting.


January 14, 4:00 pm
Johannes Haubold gave a lecture titled: “Greece and Mesopotamia: Paradigms and Pitfalls of Comparative Literature”

February 9, 4:30 pm
Christine Shepardson (Lindsay Young Professor at the University of Tennessee) gave the 4th annual Vassiliadis lecture on "Putting Religion in its Places: How the Roman Empire Became Christian"

March 24, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
The Eighth Annual UC San Diego Greek Independence Day Celebration— Sponsored by the Nicholas Family Endowed Chair and the Center for Hellenic Studies Program

  1. Introduction and Report on the Center for Hellenic Studies
  2. Current Research by UCSD Doctoral Students
  3. Featured Speaker: Dr. Laurie Kain Hart, Professor of Anthropology, UCLA "Greece at the Cutting Edge: from the Cold War to the Migration Crisis" Reception

March 31– April 2
UC San Diego’s Center for Hellenic Studies participated in the 2016, Second Annual Western Consortium for Hellenic Studies Graduate Student Conference at Simon Fraser University

April 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Event: Marco Formisano of the University of Ghent gave a talk: “A 'new-allegorical' reading of late Latin poetry"

April 14, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Event: Screening of the documentary film: “Kisses for the Children” Followed by a Q and A session with the film’s director, Vassilis Loules.

April 18, 4:00 pm
Antonis A. Ellinas gave a talk: Organizing against Democracy: The Development of the Golden Dawn in Greece

May 12, 6:00 pm
Inaugural Address by Professor Denise Demetriou the Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Endowed Chair in Ancient Greek History

May 17, 4:30 pm
Event: Scott McGill of Rice University gave a talk: "Did Plagiarism Exist in Ancient Rome?"