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 organizes special cultural outreach events such as concerts, art exhibits, readings, film screenings and lectures.

The Department of Classics at SFSU 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.


Modern Greek Studies Foundation

President's Report to the Board, Spring 2016 (pdf)

Upcoming Events

From the Village to the Concert Hall: Inspirations from Greece

March 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Greek Chamber Music Project performs a brand-new program rooted in the melodies and dance rhythms of Greece's folk music tradition. This contemporary concert features the rousing and stately "Sextet" by Mikis Theodorakis. One of Greece's most famous living composers, Theodorakis is best known for "Zorba the Greek" and other film scores, as well as his vast library of popular songs.

The program also includes the U.S. premiere of Thanos Ermilios' "Greek Dances," as well as the witty and whimsical "Ironic Dance Suite" by Petros Sakelliou and the vibrant “Island Songs” by John Psathas. Each composer weaves folk songs into their scores in unique ways — a rare and eclectic engagement that is sure to inspire.

Presented by the Center for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University.

Ellie Falaris Ganelin, flute
Elektra Schmidt, piano
Schuyler Karr, bass

Amaranth Quartet comprising:
Abigail Shiman, violin
Emily Botel, violin
Erica Zappia, viola
Helen Newby, cello