Ergastirio: Conversations on Greek America

Scope and Goals

Ergastirio: Conversations on Greek America is an online forum that fosters 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.

Ergastirio is co-hosted by Professor Yiorgos Anagnostou (Director of the Modern Greek Program at The Ohio State University) and Dr. Simos Zenios (Associate Director, UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture). The meetings will be biannual.

Sessions

Session 1: Greek Americans and African Americans (June 18, 2020)