News and Events

The Center for Hellenic Studies works collaboratively with the Hellenic Cultural Society of San Diego and other groups to host seminars and conferences with local and international scholars.

May 30, 2017

Dr. Ihor Lylo, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Hellenic Studies at UCSD and a Fulbright Scholar, will give a talk on "At Home Among Strangers; A Stranger At Home: A History of Lviv's Forgotten Greek Diaspora." The talk will be held at the Galbraith Room on the 4th floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, at 5pm. Light refreshments will be served.


Past Events


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?"