Penelope Foudeas

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Penelope Foudeas. There will be a Trisagion service in the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Columbus on Thursday, April 1 at 3pm followed by viewing of the funeral service in Alaska at 4pm in the Reception Hall.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Penelope came to Ohio State in 2017 to study Psychology with a Minor in Modern Greek Studies. Over the course of her undergraduate career, she took a range of classes in Modern Greek language and culture and, with her friends, produced several memorable videos, including one documenting her father’s journey to the United States from Greece.

As a student of Modern Greek, Penelope excelled in all her courses. Her careful preparation and lively personality were always in evidence. She continued to the fifth semester, Modern Greek 4002, and earned excellent grades. With ten of her peers in the Modern Greek Program, Penelope participated in the THYESPA 2018 summer course in Modern Greek at the University of Athens. Her joyful, considerate, and responsible character cemented friendships and made the experience more enjoyable for everyone.

After graduation, she attended Case Western Reserve, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nutrition while working as a patient care advocate at the Cleveland Clinic.

Her professors in the Modern Greek Program remember her often insightful and always enthusiastic participation in discussion, and her bright, cheerful presence in class.

She was loved and appreciated by her peers as an unusually kind and considerate person who worked well with other students and was very much a team player. An enthusiastic member of Sigma Epsilon Phi for three years, she attended meetings with passion and optimism.

Penelope’s studies in Biology reflected her longstanding interest in the field. Already in high school she aspired to a career in a biomedical field, particularly physiology. Her interest in physiology constituted an important aspect of Penelope’s life that shaped her character.

Penelope was a dancer. Having danced ballet since she was 10 years old, Penelope continued ballet at Ohio State’s distinguished Department of Dance. She did gymnastics in high school, and also danced tap, hip hop, jazz, and acrobatic dance. Contemporary dance was her favorite. She taught at the Marjorie Jones School of Dance and continued to develop as a dancer. Dance was inseparable from her personality, part of what made her such a disciplined, conscientious, but also fun, expressive, delightful, and authentic human being.

The faculty and students of the Modern Greek Program at Ohio State as well as her fellow members of Sigma Epsilon Phi will miss Penelope greatly. May her memory be eternal.

The students of Sigma Epsilon Phi in conjunction with the Modern Greek Program are establishing a fund in Penelope’s memory to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving member of Sigma Epsilon Phi. A link will soon be posted for donations to the memorial fund.

The 32nd Annual Thomas E. Leontis and Anna P. Leontis Memorial Lecture in Modern Greek Studies

Leontis Memorial Lecture Flyer 2021

The 32nd Annual Thomas E. Leontis and Anna P. Leontis Memorial Lecture in Modern Greek Studies
March 24, 2021
6:30PM – 7:30PM
Islands on Fire: Fighters, Pirates, Slaves in the Greek Revolution
Sakis Gekas, Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, York University
Please register in advance for this event here:
The Lecture
When we think of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, land battles often come to mind. Yet events in the Aegean and Ionian Seas determined the course of the Revolution. The sea engulfed refugees and the enslaved alike, while revolutionaries, pirates, merchants, and battleships were riding the waves and determined the course of the war. Moreover, the battles and many victories of the Greek navy sustained the war and turned the tide in favor of the Greek cause. At the same time, loyalties were shifting and the revolutionary war left some islands and many lives in a desolate state. In 1830 only some of the Aegean islands formed part of independent Greece. Τhis lecture shifts the gaze away from the “continental” point of view towards a maritime history of the revolution and focuses on piracy, slavery and the plight of refugees to shed light to previously little-known aspects of the great event.
The Speaker
Sakis Gekas (ΒΑ History, Ionian University; ΜΑ, Ph.D. History, University of Essex) is Associate Professor and holder of the York University Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History. He teaches history of Modern Greece, history of Greek migration in the 20th century, and Mediterranean and European history. In 2012, he co-founded the Greek Canadian History Project and between 2017-2019 helped “build” a virtual museum of Greek immigration to Canada (Immigrec). His recent book projects include, Xenocracy: State, Class, and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864 (New York – Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017), which will be published in Greek as «Ξενοκρατία.Οικονομία, Κοινωνία και Κράτος στα Επτάνησα 1815-1864» (E.A.Π. (Hellenic Open University Press, 2021). Another forthcoming book is «Τα λείψανα του αγώνος». Απόμαχοι, χήρες και ορφανά των αγωνιστών της Επανάστασης, 1821-1850 [“The Relics of the Struggle”: Veterans, Widows and Orphans of the Revolution, 1821-1850] (National Research Foundation, Athens 2021).

The Lecture Series

The Thomas E. Leontis Lecture in Modern Greek Studies was established in 1987 by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University with gifts from Dr. Thomas E. Leontis. In 1995, Anna P. Leontis made additional gifts in memory of her late husband to create the Thomas E. Leontis Endowment in Modern Greek. The purpose of the Endowment is two-fold: first, to serve as a catalyst in the Modern Greek Program at the University in generating a keener awareness of the importance of Greek history and culture, especially since 1204; and second, to bring annually to the Ohio State campus a distinguished speaker of international reputation who will contribute to the cultural growth of the University and the community by offering new ideas and historical and cultural interpretations of important past and current situations. In addition to the lectureship, the Endowment supports regular conference activities.

Tuesday workshop–Modern Greek for Classicists: Learning Modern Greek through Ancient Greek

This coming Tuesday, February 9, the International Day of the Greek Language, Prof. Brian Joseph (OSU Linguistics),  Christopher Brown, and our colleague at the University of Ljubljana, Jerneja Kavčič, will be giving a workshop entitled “Modern Greek for Classicists:  Learning Modern Greek through Ancient Greek”. Here is a description of the workshop:

=====This workshop is organized on the occasion of celebrating International Day of the Greek Language. It is aimed at students and scholars of Ancient Greek who would like to gain a foothold in the study of Modern Greek. We draw attention to the overwhelming presence of Ancient Greek vocabulary in the modern language; for instance, to the words we call carry-overs. These are Ancient Greek words that can be used in the modern language without explaining any pronunciation rules concerning Modern Greek spelling and thus without needing to adjust for all the changes in phonology, morphology, and semantics that have occurred between Ancient and Modern Greek. Examples of such words include νόμος, μόνος, κρέας, μέλι, etc. We show how these and other Ancient Greek words can be a tool for introducing Classicists to the modern language.=====

It will be done virtually on Zoom and all are welcome to join for any amount of time.  It starts at 12:00noon Columbus time, and can be accessed through this link:

this week–Markaris reading on Wednesday, February 3

Exceptionally this week, online reading of Markaris, Ληξιπρόθεσμα Δάνεια, will be on Wednesday, February 3, from 12:40-1:35pm. Next week  on February 12 we will resume our normal meeting time of Fridays from 12:40-1:35pm. Please join us this Wednesday or a subsequent Friday at the following link:

For a presentation on Wednesday’s reading please follow the link below.

Chapter 7: Leslie Scott

Reading Markaris in Greek, online

Reading and discussion of Ληξιπρόθεσμα Δάνεια continue in 2021, meeting now on Fridays from 12:40-1:35pm at the Zoom link below. We begin chapter 6 on Friday, January 15 at 12:40; for the reading follow this link.

Friends of the OSU Modern Greek Program in the US and Greece are welcome to join OSU Modern Greek major Niko Soulas ’21 for Greek reading and discussion in English as he leads us through the text of Ληξιπρόθεσμα Δάνεια, a detective novel by Petros Markaris about the Greek financial crisis featuring Inspector Haritos. The works of Markaris have been translated into fourteen languages and circulate in twenty countries; this 201ο novel by Markaris provides a riveting glimpse into Greek society and tells a fascinating story of intrigue and high crime. We are reading through the text and discussing vocabulary and questions as they arise; sessions last for no more than one hour, you can come and go as you like. Reviews of the book in several languages can be found here.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 961 3641 2895
Password: 058887

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)

Saturday: online workshop on Greek language and linguistics


Organized by

The Laboratory for Greek Dialectology of The Ohio State University and the Center for Hellenic Studies at The University of Chicago

Access via Zoom at (in order for this to work, you may need to download the Zoom app from
Program (times in Eastern Daylight Time (= GMT -5)

9:30 – 9:40 — Words of welcome – Introductions

Session A’— A conference Preface: Prefixes, then and now

9:40 – 10:05 – Michalis Marinis (University of Patras), Stem, prefix, or prefixoid? On the criteria defining prefixation
10:05 – 10:30 – Domenica Romagno (University of Pisa), Valency and actionality in Greek (and Latin): the key role of verbal prefixation

10:30 – 11:05 – Mina Giannoula (The University of Chicago), MG preverbs and the formation of verbal complexes

*Virtual Coffee Break*

Session Β’: Dialects

11:15 – 11:40 — Mark Janse (Ghent University), Back to the future: Akritic light on diachronic variation in Cappadocian
11:40 – 12:05 – Matthew Hadodo (University of Pittsburgh), “Μεταχειρίζουνται
Καθαρεύουσα εκεί, εμείς εδώ πιο λαϊκή γλώσσα μεταχειριζόμαστε”: Conflicting
Ideologies of Istanbul Greek

Session Γ’: Keynote Address

12:10 – 12:45 –Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago), On questioning

*Lunch Break (on your own (of course!))*

Session Δ’: Greek in Diachrony

1:30 – 1:55 – Chiara Zanchi (University of Pavia), Introducing HoDeL, a new linguistic resource for the study of Homeric verbs

1:55 – 2:20 – Brian D. Joseph (The Ohio State University), A diachronic argument concerning the analysis of να-clauses: Contra Miller 2002

*Virtual Coffee Break*

Session Ε’: The Immigrant Experience

2:30 – 2:55 – Zoe Gavriilidou (Democritus University of Thrace), Heritage Greek of Chicago Greek Americans
2:55 – 3:20 – Rexhina Ndoci (The Ohio State University), What can memes tell us about Albanians in Greece and their L2 variety of Greek?

*Virtual Coffee Break*

Session ΣΤ’: Language in Use

3:30 – 3:55 – Sofia Torallas-Tovar (University of Chicago) & Raquel Martín (Complutense University), The Language of the Magical Papyri
3:55 – 4:20 – Emily Kuret (University of Chicago), Aesthetic Repertoires, Aesthetic Communities: Greek-English Code Switching in Thessaloniki Street Art
4:20 – 4:45 – Katerina Chatzopoulou (Association of Ancient Greek Philosophy), Systematicity in language: nonveridicality and consistency
4:45 – 5:30 – General discussion, socializing, virtual ούζο και μεζέδες (: