Welcome

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

San Francisco Greek Film Festival

October 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to October 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Modern Greek Studies foundation is proud to present

The 13th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival

October 15-22, 2016
Films begin every evening at 7pm.
Delancy Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

The 13th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival will take you on a memorable cinematic experience! We have a great selection of regular and short films by Greek/Cypriot filmmakers from around the world which will inspire, enlighten, and entertain you. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with our visiting directors, vote for the best movies and participate in the celebrations around the film festival week. See you soon!

The list of this year's films can be found at http://grfilm.com/films/.

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation and all proceeds benefit the educational initiatives of the Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at San Francisco State University.

Socrates Now

November 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

 

THE MODERN GREEK STUDIES FOUNDATION and THE CENTER FOR MODERN GREEK STUDIES at SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY present

SOCRATES NOW

A dramatic solo performance of the Apology of Socrates by Plato, depicting the famous philosopher at his jury trial in 399 BCE,  performed by Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides of Elliniko Theatro (Greek Theater) of New York and Athens.

Wednesday, November 2, 7pm
Knuth Hall (CA 132) at SFSU
Performed in English

Sunday, November 6, 1pm
Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland
Performed in Modern Greek, with English supertitles