Anthony Katsaounis earns a summer 2020 American Hellenic Institute (AHI) internship

Congratulations to our student Anthony Katsaounis for earning a summer 2020 American Hellenic Institute (AHI) internship.

Anthony is active in the Modern Greek Program, and has taken several of our course.

According to the official AHI announcement,

Anthony is a senior undergraduate student at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, majoring in Business and Economics. He is also a member of the Politics, Society, and Law Scholars program and the Sigma Epsilon Phi Greek Orthodox student organization at the Ohio State University. In addition to his business studies, Anthony enjoys learning about Greek language, history, and philosophy. Last summer, he had the privilege to attend a month-long study abroad course on the Geography of the European Union at the Neapolis University in Paphos, Cyprus.

Our Erγastirio Initiatives in the News

“Conversations on Greek America,” a collaborative initiative between the OSU Modern Greek Program and the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, is in the news.

Erγastirio: Conversations on Greek America – A Collaborative Public Forum

This online forum initiates a series of conversations among academics, authors and cultural producers with the aim of promoting the practice of writing and teaching Greek America in the context of U.S. multiculturalism, the Greek diaspora, and European Americans. We envision a discussion contributing toward a greater understanding of what it means to produce and disseminate knowledge about this subject. We will be reflecting on a variety of topics, including: fostering a critical community; exploring new research directions, including collaborations; placing our research within the academy as well as community publications; understanding ethnic communities from their own perspectives and ways to engage with these points of view in the classroom and public fora. We will be incorporating the interests and questions that the participants will be bringing in the forum.

The initiative is the product of institutional collaboration between the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, and the Modern Greek Program at The Ohio State University. It will be co-hosted by Yiorgos Anagnostou and Simos Zenios. The meetings will be biannual.

This is a broadly inclusive initiative though the online platform imposes limitations regarding the number of participants. In order to facilitate discussion via Zoom, the number of participants is capped at 30.

Session One: Greek Americans and African Americans
Language: English
Date and Time: June 18 (10:00–12:00 a.m. Pacific Time)

Thirty seven individuals have registered to join this inaugural event. This interest speaks to the innovative work done in the field as well as to the strong interest for frameworks that facilitate the sharing of research and broader discussion.
The large number of participants, especially in Zoom sessions, poses the risk that the event may be unproductive if it prioritizes simply the statement of positions and perspectives. In the interest of fostering an in-depth exchange, the moderators have no choice but privilege those researchers who have published extensively in Greek American topics. We will be accepting, of course, questions and insights from everyone through chat. But priority in response will be given to those who are particularly active in Greek American studies or U.S. ethnic studies. We appreciate your understanding.

Yiorgos Anagnostou (Professor, Director of the Modern Greek Program at The Ohio State University)

Simos Zenios (Associate Director, UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture)

Modern Greek Program Receives Gift

The Modern Greek Program has received a gift of $7,000 from the Nicholas D. Diamantides Scholarship Fund, Inc., which was initially endowed for members of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox parish in Akron Ohio. This Scholarship was established by a group of friends and relatives in Akron, Ohio, to honor the memory of Nicholas D. Diamantides and his lifelong commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and excellence in scholarship.

This gift will fund a book award for exceptional graduating Modern Greek students annually.

We are grateful to The Nicholas D. Diamantides Scholarship Committee and Professor Stavros T. Constantinou, Co-Chair of the committee, for presenting us this gift.

Faculty Publications in the Greek Media

This Fall, Yiorgos Anagnostou participated in the public conversation about the “diaspora vote,” and the place of Greek American music, literature and film in Greece.

His three publications are as follows:

«Ελληνοαμερικανικοί τόποι. Η μελέτη, η έρευνα και η αρχειακή συλλογή της ελληνοαμερικανικής εμπειρίας». The Books’ Journal, Τεύχος 104, Δεκέμβριος.

«Η Ψήφος της διασποράς και η ελληνοαμερικανική κοινότητα». ΤΑ ΝΕΑ, 25 Οκτωβρίου, π. 10.

«Ποιοι είναι οι ελληνοαμερικανοί;» ΤΑ ΝΕΑ, 27 Νοεμβρίου.

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

Faculty Publications

This Spring, Yiorgos Anagnostou published the following:

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