Honors for Professor Brian D. Joseph

Professor Brian Joseph has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. The APS is the oldest learned society in the US, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. Brian will join a small number of member linguists, including Noam Chomsky, Eric Hamp, Henry Hoenigswald, Keren Rice, Michael Silverstein, and his own mentor, Calvert Watkins.

Professor Joseph is currently serving as  president of the Linguistic Society of America. The Linguistic Society of America is the largest professional organization for linguists, with over 3500 members in the US and abroad. Ohio State played a leading role in its founding in 1924 and there have been three previous LSA presidents from Ohio State: George Melville Bolling (1932), Ilse Lehiste (1980), and Arnold Zwicky (1992).

Professor Joseph was presented with a festschrift before the 22nd Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture on April 5. The Festschrift, entitled And Thus You Are Everywhere Honored: Studies Dedicated To Brian D. Joseph, with articles from over thirty friends, students, and colleagues, honors his long and distinguished career of scholarship, service and teaching. 

Professor Joseph is Distinguished University Professor of LinguisticsKenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics and a member of the American Academy of SciencesHis personal website is here; a partial list of his publications, including many pdfs, can be found here. He is editor of the Journal of Greek Linguistics, based here at Ohio State, and director of the OSU Laboratory for Greek Dialectology.

Faculty Publications

This Spring, Yiorgos Anagnostou published the following:

For his interview with the National Herald (in Greek), follow this link.

OSU Modern Greek Program in Greek newspapers

Feature articles about the OSU MG Program Greek recently appeared in Greek newspapers, commemorating the establishment of the Marinakis Professorship. Below are links to articles in the leading Greek Sunday newspaper, Το Βήμα, on Sunday, April 21, and in the high-circulation daily Τα Νέα on Monday, April 22 and Friday, April 26. The English versions are posted at the top and Greek originals below. Follow this link for the pdf of another article from Το Βήμα dated April 14, and this link for an article about the Marinakis chair in Τα Νέα dated April 26-28.

New era in Modern Greek Studies at University of Ohio

I will survive: Modern Greek Studies ply forward at universities internationally

Εδρα «Μιλτιάδη Μαρινάκη» στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Οχάιο

Νέα εποχή για την έδρα Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Οχάιο

Στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Οχάιο η έδρα Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών μπαίνει σε δυναμική τροχιά

Οι ελληνικές σπουδές δυναμικές εστίες στα διεθνή πανεπιστήμια



Friday 2-4pm, Crane Cafe, Hagerty Hall: live Greek radio broadcast, graduation

On Friday from 2-4pm students, parents, and friends of the Modern Greek Program are invited for a party in Crane Café of Hagerty Hall on the Ohio State campus (parking next door in Ohio Union South Garage). This event features the final Greek radio broadcasts of the year by Emily Pandis, Yianni Kellis, Nikos Stamos, and Michael Pirovolos, broadcast live. Food will be catered by Mediterranean Foods Imports courtesy of the Greek Olympic Society and the OSU Modern Greek Program.

There will also be a brief ceremony to recognize our graduating seniors, Emily Pandis and Nick Kyriacou.

If you cannot attend, and would like to listen live, click here between 2-4pm on Friday.

For the event poster, please click here.

The schedule of broadcasts is as follows:

2μμ  Το Νεοελληνικό Πρόγραμμα: Συμβουλές και Χαβαλές με το Γιάννη Κέλλη και την Έμιλυ Πανδή
3μμ  Νίκος Στάμος–Γλυκιά ζωή–η δική μου εμπειρία με τον διαβήτη
3:30μμ  Μιχάλης Πύροβολος–ο Σύλλογος Παραδοσιακού Χορού του Αγίου Χαραλάμπου στο Κάντον, Οχάιο

Emily Pandis selected for AHIF Student Foreign Policy Study Trip

Emily Pandis (Modern Greek Major, 2019) has been selected to participate in the American Hellenic Institute Foundation’s (AHIF) travel abroad program, the AHIF College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip to Greece and Cyprus. She will travel to Washington, Athens, and Cyprus in June and July, meeting with diplomats and government officials. This program aims to help Greek and Cypriot American college students better understand the core foreign policy issues important to the Greek American community.

April 14: OSU MG Program visits St. Haralambos in Canton

On Sunday, April 14, students and faculty of the OSU Modern Greek Program visited St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio. On completion of the fundraising drive to establish a chair in Modern Greek studies at Ohio State, the MG Program plans to expand its outreach to Greek communities around the state. Since many of our past and current students come from Canton, St. Haralambos was an ideal place to begin.

We were guests of AHEPA Canton chapter 59 and its president, Mr. Paul Koskovich, and Mrs. Linda Andrews-Natale of the local GOYA chapter. We were welcomed by Mr. Koskovich and AHEPA #59 Vice-President Mr. Dimitri Xides, Mr. Tasos Kalantzis, Mr. Bill Zantopoulos, and other friends of the OSU Modern Greek Program, including the Gaitanos, Kazes, Pirovolos, and Volas families. Our hosts supplied an abundant buffet meal and warm Canton philoxenia.

OSU MG alumna Marissa Kazes and three current OSU MG Program students, two of them Canton residents, addressed several dozen members of the Canton Greek community, including Mrs. Eleni Paxou, longtime director of the St Haralambos Greek Dancers, and Mr. and Mrs. Stergiades.

Marissa spoke about her experience as a Modern Greek Major, her study in Greece via THYESPA, and the lasting friendships she made via the Modern Greek Program. Marissa is currently in her third year of student teaching in North Canton schools and will soon be relocating to Columbus to continue her career as a secondary school teacher.

We then watched a movie Marissa and Marina Kouvaris made as OSU undergraduates about their summer study at THYESPA.

Michael Pirovolos, a Canton native, spoke about his experience of learning the Greek language at OSU as an enrichment to his Greek heritage. We then watched a film noir on the adventures of Detective Pirovolos, to much laughter and applause. We also listened to excerpts from Michael’s recent Greek radio broadcasts on THYESPA and Sigma Epsilon Phi, including an interview with Mr. Michael Kazes who was in the audience. Several people commented on Michael’s remarkable progress in Greek since studying in Athens and preparing his Greek radio broadcasts.

Eleni Volas, also of Canton, talked about her experience as a first year student of Modern Greek and the value of the Modern Greek Program to her as she has been getting used to life at Ohio State as a freshman.

The last speaker was Nerea Lopez Carrasco, a doctoral candidate from Málaga, Spain, currently on a three month visit to OSU for dissertation research. Nerea is currently attending MG 4001 (fourth semester) classes. She talked about her love of Greece and the value of Modern Greek to her as a student of Ancient Greek who participates in archaeological excavations at Despotiko in Greece.

Thanks to our friends in Canton who made this event memorable and enjoyable for all of us.


Vasilis Konstantinidis: mantinades and interview

On Wednesday, April 3, Vasilis Konstantinidis, protopsaltis at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Columbus and a native of Karpathos, honored us with a visit. He recited several mantinades and talked about Byzantine music and Orthodoxy, life and music in Karpathos, and about his work as proprietor of Bun’s Restaurant in Delaware, the oldest restaurant in the state of Ohio.

The interview begins with Mr. Konstantinidis dedicating mantinades to Professor Paul Taiganides, which he recited at the signing ceremony crowning with success the efforts of Ohio Hellenic Paideia to establish a permanent Chair in Modern Greek Studies at Ohio State. It ends with mantinades dedicated to OSU Modern Greek students.


0:42  Μαντινάδες αφιερωμένες στον Ελισσαίο Paul Ταϊγανίδη

2:30  40 χρόνια υπηρεσίας στον Καθεδρικό Ναό του Ευαγγελισμού


5:13   Μια οικογενειακή παράδοση

6:00  Ορθόδοξο φρόνημα και βυζαντινή μουσική

7:00   Σημασία της ελληνικής γλώσσας στη Ορθόδοξη λατρεία


9:26  Βερεσέ

10:08  πρέπει να μην είμαστε παράφωνοι

10:37  εκπροσωπώ τόσο κόσμο

11:16   Μαντινάδες

13:00 η νύχτα ώρες έχει δεκατρείς

13:22   απ’ όλα τα άστρα του ουρανού

15:00  το γλέντι

16:16  πόνος και χωρισμός

17:42  Bun’s Restaurant in Delaware, Ohio

20:30  Συμβουλές στους μικρούς–

να αγαπάς αυτό που κάνεις

προσφορές στην κοινωνία

21:35  Αννα

22:50  γενέθλια

23:10  Μαντινάδες στους μαθητές ελληνικών


Λεξιλόγιο από την παρουσίασή του Κυρίου Κωνσταντινίδη στην τάξη Νέων Ελληνικών 4001