Modern Greek Studies Program

 

GREAT NEWS

FOR THE MODERN GREEK STUDIES PROGRAM AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

GREAT NEWS #1: The Rutgers Modern Greek Studies Program (MGSP) has been steadily  #1 in the nation for number of courses offered and number of students who take these courses.

Thanks to recent donations and the leadership by its current Director, Prof. Sarolta A. Takács, as well as of her predecessors, Prof. Stephen Reinert and Prof. Tia Kolbaba, the MGSP now serves over 100 undergraduates, with roughly 30 of them currently minoring in Modern Greek. The community’s generous donations in 2013 and 2014 helped raise over $200K. Mr. Nikos Mouyiaris matched this with $400K (part of his 3-year pledge of $600K), for a total of more than $600K. The Elytis Chair Fund grew from $800K to over $1.5 million in the last 3 years, thanks to your generous donations! This enabled us to add 5 courses and renew 3 other courses to the existing 18 courses. We were also able to offer scholarships for students who studied in Thessaloniki during the summers of 2014 and 2015, thanks to the generosity of the Golfinopoulos, Karantza, Spireas and Vahaviolos families. We are currently working to start a joint program with the University of Cyprus.

GREAT NEWS #2: Mr. Mouyiaris was extremely pleased with our progress and extended his commitment for a fourth year of $200K, for a total of $800K. In particular, what moved him most was the successful visit and talk on Odysseas Elytis and Cyprus by Prof. Marinos Pourgouris, “our own” distinguished alumnus, in October 2014. This was one of many lectures and concerts during the past year. In addition to courses, the MGSP offers a wide variety of cultural events that benefit Rutgers and the community in general.

We list below just some of the events that we brought to you (actually, YOUR donations brought to us):

  • The Apology of Socrates with Yannis Simonides
  • Elytis Centennial Concert with Mikrokosmos
  • Folk Music Concert with N. Michailidis & Orchestra
  • Cavafy: The Poet of the City w/ Yiannis Simonides
  • Lectures by Prof. Pourgouris in NYC & Rutgers
  • Film “Kisses to the Children” (Onassis Foundation)
  • Lecture on World War II archaeologists as spies
  • Lecture on the forgotten history of the Parthenon

23 COURSES

  • MODERN GREEK LANGUAGE
    • 01:489:101,102   First Year Modern Greek
    • 01:489:201, 202  Second Year Modern Greek
    • 01:489:301, 302  Third Year Modern Greek
  • MODERN GREEK LITERATURE/CULTURE/FILM/MUSIC
    • 01:489:340  Modern Greek Writers in Translation
    • 01:489:345  Modern Greek Poetry in Translation
    • 01:489:358  Odysseus in Literature
    • 01:489:370  Greek Film: Love, Eros, & Death
    • 01:489:376  NEW online Contemporary Greek Music
    • 01:489:494  Independent Study
  • BYZANTINE & MODERN GREEK HISTORY, RELIGION & ART HISTORY
    • 01:489:205  The Byzantine Empire
    • 01:489:207  Byzantine Civilization
    • 01:489:312  Greek Christianity
    • 01:489:314  Evolution of Christian Orthodoxy
    • 01:489:315  Byzantine Art
    • 01:489:381  NEW Cyprus: A Global History
    • 01:489:382  NEW History of Modern Greece
    • 01:489:385  Politics & Culture in Greece & the Balkans
    • 01:489:390  NEW The Balkan Wars & World War I
  • INTERNATIONAL COURSES
    • 01:489:404,405  CHAPS Abroad: Athens and Beyond
    • NEW International Service Learning in Thessaloniki

Scholarships supported by your donations!

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the MGSP, please email its Director, Prof. Sarolta A. Takács (sarolta.takacs@rutgers.edu). For information on fundraising, please contact Associate Vice President Andrianni Vollas-Viscariello at 848-932-5237 (avollas@winants.rutgers.edu), Dean Thomas V. Papathomas at 973-722-2785 (papathom@rci.rutgers.edu), Prof. Panos Georgopoulos at 848-445-0159 (panosg@ccl.rutgers.edu), or Mr. Nick Vosinas of the Hellenic Cultural Association at 848-248-9147 (nvosinas@gmail.com).

For more information on the MGSP go to http://www.moderngreekstudies.rutgers.edu/