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 (: