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Hellenic Studies
The PSU Hellenic Studies Program ran from December 2011-January 2013 an extensive range of educational opportunities for our students and the broader community. Over 1600 people attended the programs detailed below.

Director: Anne McClanan
Program Administrator: Karena Bennett

Program Highlights

Grants and Special Learning Opportunities:

  • Student Travel Grant Recipient: Louis Maltese, Honors College Project at Mount Athos
  • PSU Student-Parent Greek culture day at the Portland Art Museum, a family event presented in conjunction with The Resource Center for Students with Children
  • Millar Library acquisitions in modern and classical Greek studies
  • Faculty travel to major conferences
  • Five special tours of the Portland Art Museum's exhibition, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, led by Professor George Armantrout for PSU students and community member
  • Revisiting Antiquity Seminar Visit to Getty Villa, Malibu (co-sponsored by the Honors College and the Richard Brown Art History Travel Fund)


(students visit the Getty Villa, Malibu)

Lectures and Event Archive

"Jewel of the Palace: Pearls as Markers of Elite Status in the Sasanian, Byzantine, and Early Islamic World"
A lecture by Joel Walker, Associate Professor of History, University of Washington
Friday, April 27, 2012
Co-sponsored with the PSU Middle East Studies Center.
Read PSU's Vanguard article about this event.

"The Deep Roots of Greece: Burden or Opportunity"
A community conversation presented by Carol Thomas, Director of Hellenic Studies, University of Washington
Monday, May 14, 2012
Co-sponsored with the PSU Middle East Studies Center.

"Devotional Selves: On Art and Identity in Byzantium"
A lecture by Ivan Drpic, Professor of Art History, University of Washington
Friday, May 18, 2012
Co-sponsored with the PSU Middle East Studies Center.
Read PSU's Vanguard article about this event.

A lecture by Father Pavlos and Sister Joanna from St Catherine's Monastery, Sinai, Egypt
Friday, May 25, 2012


(Father Pavlos and Sister Johanna, May 25, 2012)

Professor Ruprecht was an honored summer guest of the Hellenic Studies program who taught a summer course and gave two public lectures. Professor Ruprecht is also a permanent Research Fellow at the Vatican Library and Secret Archives, where he spent eight years researching a book on the creation of the Vatican’s First "Profane Museum" in 1761. He is a staff writer for Religion Dispatches, and blogs for the Huffington Post.

"The Modern Olympics as Greek Revival and Greek Religion"
A special one-credit history course taught by Louis Ruprecht, William M. Suttles Chair of Religious tudies at Georgia State University
July 19, 20, 21, 2012
Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Hellenic Studies Program.

"London 2012: The French Revival of the Modern Olympics and the British Display of the Elgin Marbles... Are Greek Temples Religion or Loot?
A lecture presented by Dr. Louis A Ruprecht, Jr., William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies at Georgia State
Saturday, July 23, 2012

"The Greeks on Display: How the Vatican Invented Modern Art Museums, and Reinvented Religion Along the Way"
Presented by Dr. Louis A Ruprecht, Jr., William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies at Georgia State University
Monday, July 25, 2012
Sponsored by the Program in Hellenic Studies and the Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University.

Portland State of Mind: Portland State Night at The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibition featuring a presentation by Richard Neer, the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, Cinema & Media Studies and the College at The University of Chicago
An event presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In October 2012 Hellenic Studies was honored to welcome the Onassis Scholar Program to Oregon with a three-lecture series by Professor Dimitrios Tsougarakis, renowned scholar of Byzantine history from the Ionian University, Greece.

"The Idea of Hellenism in Byzantium: Continuities and Discontinuities"
A lecture presented by Dimitrios Tsougarakis, Onassis Scholar
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Sponsored by the Onassis Foundation.

"Why we know Plato: Byzantium and the Classics"
A lecture presented by Dimitrios Tsougarakis, Onassis Scholar
Friday, October 19, 2012
Sponsored by the Onassis Foundation.

"The Wardrobe Malfunction That Shook The World: Nudity, the Body Beautiful and Greek Self-Fashioning"
A lecture by Andrew Stewart, the Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies, University of California
Sunday, November 11, 1012
Sponsored by the Portland State University Hellenic Studies Program and the Portland Art Museum.

Seminar Presentation on Hellenistic Influence on Ancient Wall Painting
A presentation by Bettina Bergmann, Helene Phillips Herzig ’49 Professor of Art, Mount Holyoke College
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Co-sponsored with the PSU Art Department.

The Readers of Homer Performance at the Portland Art Museum
A marathon audience-participation reading of Homer's The Illiad
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Major support provided by the Hellenic Studies Program at Portland State University. Additional support provided by the University of Portland, Reed College, Willamette University, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Literary Arts and EllinikoTheatro.http://www.yelp.com/events/portland-epic-reading-of-the-illiad


(over 350 audience-performers read excerpts of The Illiad, December 2, 2012)

Open Discussion with the Readers of Homer
Monday, December 3, 2012
A Round table discussion with the Readers of Homer, students, faculty and community participant following the marathon Iliad reading.

"Justinian's "Cities of God" - Remaking Antioch and Ravenna in the Sixth Century"
Edward Schoolman, University of Nevada, Ren
January 25, 2013
Co-sponsored with the PSU Middle East Studies Center.

A Lecture Presentation on Ancient Sparta
By Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
February 11, 2013