Greek school teaching tips from Emily Pandis

While an undergraduate Modern Greek student at Ohio State Emily Pandis ’19 began teaching at the Greek School of the Annunciation Cathedral in Columbus. She is now pursuing graduate studies at American University in Washington, DC and continues her teaching in the Greek school of St. Katherine’s Church in Falls Church, Virginia.

Click here for her description of some enjoyable classroom activities that are used by her and her peers at the Hellenic Education Center of St. Katherine Church.

Click here for some resources used at St. Katherine’s Greek school for students learning the alphabet.

7th Annual Greek Language Festival

The OSU Modern Greek Program participated in the 7th Annual Greek Language Festival at St Demetrios Church on Saturday, November 2. Four Greek schools from the Cleveland area were represented, together with a school from Pittsburgh. Students sang, participated in cultural and language activities, and competed in a quiz competition. Thanks to Eleni Papouras-Jenks and the parents and staff of the Dr. Michael A. Balourdas Hellenic Cultural School at St. Demetrios Church and to Maria Stamoolis, Director of Greek Education in the Pittsburgh Metropolis, for organizing this enjoyable event for the Greek school students.


Tuesday: the Greek of Mesta, Chios

On Tuesday, October 15, at 10:30am in Enarson 312 there will be a presentation on the Greek dialect of Mesta, Chios. The dialect of this historic village of Chios is being documented for the first time in a three volume work by Mr. John Kellis of Steubenville. Prof. Brian Joseph will discuss the village of Mesta and Mr. Kellis’s project in relation to the work of the OSU Laboratory for Greek Dialectology.  Mr. Kellis will respond to questions about his work. All are welcome to attend.


OSU Modern Greek faculty participate in the Columbus Greek Festival

OSU Modern Greek faculty will be giving talks with discussion at the Greek Festival of the Annunciation Cathedral in Columbus from Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2. For information on the Greek Festival, go to:

Introduction to Modern Athens
Saturday, August 31 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 1  @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

A 20 minute visual presentation on the history of modern Athens, from the early 19th century to the present. The presentation will discuss how major historical events such as the establishment of the Greek state in the 1830s, WWII, urbanization in the aftermath of the Civil War, and the 2004 Athens Olympics transformed the Greek capital. Lecturer: Dr. Georgios Anagnostou of The Ohio State University Modern Greek Studies Program.

Greek Poetry on the Life Journey
Saturday, August 31 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday, September 1 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Are you curious about poetry? Have you read any poems since college? Come in and take the journey with us today. In this session we will talk about the famous poem, “Ithaka” by C. P. Cavafy, one of the most influential poets in the world. We will read the poem together and consider the meaning it has for us. We will consider the special wisdom Cavafy shares with us about life as a voyage. Appreciate this voyage, Cavafy says, because it is the only you have. Lecturer: Dr. Gregory Jusdanis of The Ohio State University Modern Greek Studies Program.

Greek Tribes From Homer to Cleisthenes
Friday, August 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, September 2 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Greeks today identify with their extended families; in antiquity Greece was a tribal society before states like Athens adopted democracy. This talk will describe the Greek tribal system as we find it in Homer, and its destruction in relation to the emergence of democracy and history. We will also find some surprising grounds for comparison with American Indians. Lecturer: Dr. Christopher Brown of the Modern Greek Studies Program of The Ohio State University

Making a Greek American Archive

This summer I have created the website Archiving Greek America, which features Greek American articles, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, posters, postcards, photographs, brochures, newspapers, community publications, catalogues, LPs, CDs, letters, announcements, and notes that I have been accumulating through decades of research. This personal archive of largely public documents covers the recent past between the early 1990s, when I started graduate work, up to 2010 or so, when I started e-filing most of the relevant resources. The archive will be updated regularly.

Please visit,

Yiorgos Anagnostou