The Center for Modern Greek Studies is a teaching, research and administrative program of San Francisco State University's College of Liberal & Creative Arts. Having been established in 1981, the Center's purpose is to promote the study of modern Greek language, literature, history and culture in relation to its earlier Hellenic and Byzantine civilizations.
Established in 1983, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair supports academic and cultural outreach activities of the Center. It is the second such Chair in Modern Greek Studies to be established in the United States.
The Center currently offers an Interdisciplinary Minor in Modern Greek Studies at the B.A. level including courses in beginning, intermediate and advanced level Modern Greek language, Modern Greek and Greek American literature, Modern Greek history and anthropology, and Byzantine civilization.
The Center organizes special cultural outreach events such as concerts, art exhibits, readings, film screenings and lectures.