Articles Tagged: Humanities

Themistoklis Aravossitas, “Greek Language Education in North America: New Directions and Challenges” on International Greek Language Day”

In celebration of International Greek Language Day, Dr. Themistoklis Aravossitas (University of Toronto) will offer a lecture on teaching the Greek language in North American diaspora contexts. Stay tuned for further details! Dr. Themistoklis Aravossitas teaches Modern Greek language and culture at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies of the Munk School of…

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Polymnia

Polymnia, a chamber opera in one act composed by innovative young artist Theodosia Roussos, is the culminating event of a year of activities related to a conflict that resulted in large-scale forced migration across national, regional, and even continental borders. Using preserved family documents and oral interviews, the opera reveals the story of Polymnia Athanasiades…

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Angelopoulos Retrospective: The Travelling Players

The Travelling Players (O Thiassos) Greece, 1975 A powerful vision of postwar Greek history as experienced by a troupe of actors on perennial tour, The Travelling Players swept the awards at the 1975 Thessaloniki Film Festival and announced Theo Angelopoulos as a major international auteur. A multi-generational ensemble, the players drag themselves and their trunks…

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Angelopoulos Retrospective: Ulysses’ Gaze

Ulysses’ Gaze (To Vlemma tou Odissea) Greece, 1995 Theo Angelopoulos once confessed to an interviewer, “I would like to believe the world will be saved by the cinema.” Ulysses’ Gaze gives this hope form as a Greek filmmaker known as A (Harvey Keitel) becomes obsessed with finding lost reels of film shot by the Manaki…

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My Rembetika Blues

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Film screening and discussion with filmmaker Mary Zournazi. My Rembetika Blues is a film about the power of music and what makes us human. Rembetika music or the Greek blues is a music of the streets and a music of refugees. The film explores the heart and soul of Rembetika music through peoples’ stories of…

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Angelopoulos Retrospective: The Weeping Meadow

The Weeping Meadow (To Livadi pou Dakryzei) Greece, 2004 A family history told in wide shot, The Weeping Meadow spans the turbulent decades between 1919 and the end of the Greek Civil War in 1949 as they buffet the lives of Eleni (Alexandra Aidini) and her adoptive brother and lover Alexis (Nikos Poursanidis). Taken in…

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Angelopoulos Retrospective: The Hunters

The Hunters (I Kynighi) Greece, 1977 When a hunting party finds the body of a communist partisan perfectly preserved in the snow, they carry it back to their lakeside lodge to open a formal inquest. Representatives of the  conservative elite—politicians, military officers, businessmen, media figures—who have gathered to celebrate New Year’s Eve 1977, they are…

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Angelopoulos Retrospective: Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great (O Megalexandros) Greece, 1980 Theo Angelopoulos insisted that Alexander the Great was his “most simple film” to date for its linear structure, beginning on New Year’s Eve 1900 and proceeding from there. The film’s straightforward chronology, however, belies the complex interplay of Greek Orthodox and Byzantine liturgy, music, and ritual that Angelopoulos…

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Byzantine Studies Conference

We welcome the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) and participants to the 48th Annual Byzantine Studies conference at UCLA! Most conference activities will take place at the Luskin Conference Center and Hotel on the UCLA campus.

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