Tuesday, August 9, 2016

From the archive – Greek Independence Day Celebration in Detroit Greektown – March 25, 1929

From the archive, of interest to historians of urban Greek America and U.S. Greek towns

I thank Artemis Leontis for bringing this rare footage to my attention

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Thoughts on Greek American Studies, Greek America, and Diaspora

Rethinking Greece: 
Yiorgos Anagnostou on Greek America, Greek American studies and the diasporic perspective as syncretism and hybridity

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Greek American Studies Resource Portal – Spring 2016 Update

Collected by the MGSA Transnational Studies Committee

Compiled and formatted by Kostis Kourelis

Please note the new categories "Museum" and "Oral History"


a) Autobiographies, Memoirs, Biographies

Kourvetaris, George. 2013. Sharing My Life’s Journey: A Memoir. Saline, MI: McNaughton & Gunn, 2013.

George Kourvetaris’s memoir covers the years from 1933 to 2010. It includes his formative years in Greece prior to his coming to Chicago in 1958 to continue his education. He received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and became a professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Included in the 203-page book are photographs of himself and his family, a vita of his years at Northern Illinois University (1969-2006), and an article that was written about him by Elaine Thomopoulos for The National Herald.


c) Film Scholarship

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2015. “Within the Nation and Beyond: Diaspora Belonging in My Life in Ruins.” Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies, Issue 3, October. Available online, http://filmiconjournal.com/journal/article/pdf/2015/3/1

This essay undertakes a transnational analysis of gendered diaspora belonging in the Hollywood film My Life in Ruins (Petrie, 2009). The departure point for analysis is a cultural crisis, namely the dissonance experienced by the film’s heroine, and more broadly among Greek Americans ‘returning’ to Greece, between the yearning to belong and the actual experience frustrating this longing. I argue that the film resolves this crisis when it posits diaspora as an object of nationalist discourse, a position that enables the heroine to identify with the nation. I show that the film represents an example of unofficial nationalism that reproduces key ideological tenets of the Greek official national narrative of belonging. The film performs additional cultural work beyond representing diaspora as an object of nationalism to also portray it as a historical subject acting upon and beyond the nation. First, it registers diaspora agency to mediate Greece and the United States and reconfigure social realities within the former. Second, it moves beyond the nationalist polarity of us/them to accommodate diaspora’s transnational affinities and multiple identifications. The film invites us therefore to think of diaspora’s belonging simultaneously within and outside nationalism, alerting our conversations with multicultural publics yearning for deep belonging with Greece.

Keywords: diaspora nationalism, en/gendering diaspora, Greece in Hollywood, Greek Americans, diaspora–homeland encounters, transnational Modern Greek studies


Patrona, Theodora D. 2015. “Forgotten Female Voices of the Greek Diaspora in the Unites States.” The Journal of Modern Hellenism 31, pp. 87-100.



Christou, Anastasia and King Russell. 2014. Counter-Diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns 'Home.' Harvard University Press.

b) Reviews

Patrona, Theodora. 2015. “Evangelia Kindinger, Homebound: Diaspora Spaces and Selves in Greek American Return Narratives.” European Journal of American Studies, Reviews 2015-3, document 8.
http:// ejas.revues.org/10851


a) Community and Regional Histories

Rassogianis, Alexander, 2015. “The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Greek Immigrant in Chicago, Illinois: 1900-1930.” Published by iUniverse, Bloomington, IN. 2015.

The book focuses on the price to opening a business by immigrants, which involved hardship, long hours of hard work, self-sacrifice and perseverance. The Greek immigrants, being individualistic, were willing to take the risks in order to avoid working for others and ensure the independence of their livelihood. The author shares how they were able to achieve this feat amidst the difficulties.

Diacou, Stacy. 2013. My Generation of Achievers: Their Social History, Bloomington, Ind: iUniverse.

Greeks in America during the latter half of the twentieth century had a mission to establish themselves as valuable contributors to society. Hundreds of them achieved success, building businesses, communities, and relationships that still stand today. Journalist Stacy Diacou documented their achievements in her social columns for Chicago's Greek Press newspaper, and My Generation of Achievers is a compilation of her writings. Beginning in 1969, Diacou showed how these brave souls left their homeland and jumped over the hurdles of language barriers, joblessness, and empty pockets to create a better world for their children in the United States of America. Diacou profiles specific, treasured individuals in Chicago and reveals how they moved through society with grace and perseverance. Her columns document the fashion of the time, social gatherings, and the inner workings of Chicago's Greek American community up until 1996. From luncheons and history lectures to celebrity sightings and church youth groups, Diacou captures a snapshot in time of one of America's most successful immigrant groups. Fun, insightful, and entertaining, My Generation of Achievers opens the door to a fascinating aspect of Greek-American history

c) History and Historiography Scholarship

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2015. “Re/collecting Greek America: Reflections on Ethnic Struggles, Success, and Survival,” The Journal of Modern Hellenism 31, pp. 148-175.



Kitroeff, Alexander. 1993. “Greek-American Ethnicity, 1919-1939,” in To Hellenikon: Studies in Honor of Speros Vryonis, Jr., ed. Jelisaveta Stanojevich Allen, Christos P. Ioannides, John S. Langdon, Stephen W. Reinert, Milton V. Anastos, and Andreas Kyprianides, vol. 2, pp. 353-371, New Rochelle: Aristide D. Caratzas.


a) Fiction

Liontas, Annie. 2015. Let Me Explain You, New York: Scribner

b) Fiction Reviews

Bakopoulos, Natalie. 2015. “Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas,” San Francisco Gate (August 1, 2015)


c) Poetry

Economou, George. 2015. Unfinished and Uncollected: Finishing and Unfinished Poems of C.P. Cavafy and Uncollected Poems and Translations. Shearsman Books.

e) Literature and Poetry Scholarship

Gerasimus Katsan. 2015. “Greek America: Literary Representation and Immigrant Narratives in Papazoglou-Maragaris and Petrakis,” The Journal of Modern Hellenism 31, pp. 101-119.



Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State
Website: www.greeksinwashington.org
Contact: John Nicon, President
email: greeksinwa@gmail.com
The museum was established in 2009 with the mission of establishing an organized means of collecting, preserving and making available the history and culture of the Greek-American community in Washington State. The Museum, also known as Greeks in Washington, presently operates as a “museum without walls” with online exhibits in the categories of Making a Living, Making a Home, and Keeping Community. The primary activity of the Museum is to conduct video interviews which become online exhibits with text, photos and video segments. By the end of 2014, there were over 130 video interviews conducted and 95 exhibits posted on the site. The Museum has established an archive to house donated or loaned items which include textiles, film, video, DVDs, costumes, clothing, bound volumes, printed materials, photos, slides, newspapers, documents, art work, audio recordings and other artifacts. These materials are available for inspection and research purposes. The original videos are on file but not made public.
Greek Museum of Berrien County, Michigan

Annunciation and St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church

18000 Behner Rd., New Buffalo, MI, Tel.: 630 569 2078


Available for viewing after church on Sunday or contact: Elaine Thomopoulos at Thomop@msn.com or 630 569-2078 for individual or group tours.

Through compelling vintage photos, as well as colorful artifacts, costumes and textiles, the "Greeks of Berrien County Exhibit" brings to life the history of the Greeks in Berrien County -- from the early 1900s to the present.

Hellenic American Cultural Center and Museum of Oregon and SW Washington

Fr. Elias Stephanopoulos Center, 2nd Floor

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3131 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97232

Open Tuesday 11 am -3pm, Saturdays 2 pm-5pm, Sundays noon-1pm. Call 503-858-8567 to arrange a tour.

The museum was established in 2006 to gather, preserve, and share knowledge of the Hellenic (Greek) American experience in Oregon and SW Washington, to celebrate the rich cultural traditions brought to this region by Hellenes, and to honor the activities and accomplishments of Hellenic Americans.
Hellenic Cultural Museum of Salt Lake City

279 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, Tel: 801-359-4163

The museum emphasizes the personal aspect of the immigrants, whose presence in Utah dates back as far as 1870. Their and their descendants' struggles, achievements, social life and tragedies are reflected through displays of clothing, costumes, artifacts, photographs, and personal histories.
Hellenic Museum of Michigan

67 E. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202, Tel: 313 871-4100, Email: HellenicMI@gmail.com

Limited hours during renovation. Call to schedule an appointment.

The museum, founded in 2009, chronicles the struggles, triumphs and contribution of a vibrant Greek immigrant community’s journey to Michigan. Their legacy is recorded and preserved through artifacts, oral histories, documents and photographs.
National Hellenic Museum

333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 6066, Tel. 312 655-1234
Open every day except Monday

The National Hellenic Museum, founded in 1983, is dedicated to displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans. The museum maintains a collection or artifacts and ephemera and has an extensive collection of oral histories. Their library has books in Greek and English and provides access to the oral history collection.
St. Fotios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

41 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, Tel.: 904-829-8205, Fax: 904-829-8707

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768. The Shrine consists of exhibits depicting the life of early Greeks in America and the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and the St. Photios Chapel.


Queens College Hellenic-American Oral History Project: Greek http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/DSS/Sociology/GreekOralHistory/Pages/Interviews.aspx On the Internet.

“Features recorded oral history interviews of immigrants and American-born Greeks. The library contains personal narratives about ethnic and racial identities, as well as profiles of Greek American administrators, artists, businessmen and -women, politicians, professionals, students, and workers. Additional interviews will be added as they become available.”

National Hellenic Museum


Has over 300 histories covering Chicago, Tarpon Springs, Colorado, NY, Virginia/D.C., Berrien County, Michigan and others.


Berrien County Historical Association in Berrien Springs, Michigan


Fifty interviews of Greeks who made their home in Berrien County, Michigan or who vacationed there. (These oral histories are also available at the National Hellenic Museum).


Grand Rapids Public Library. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Collection 277 contains material gathered for an exhibit in the 1980s at the public museum.

"Greek-American Family: Continuity through Change” It includes oral histories of the following: Boxes 10-15. Masters. Boxes 16-21 Usage copies (UT.GH#), Box 10 and 16, UT-GH.1 Mrs. Christopoulos [could be Sophia, Maria, Wilma - 1981 city directory]. UT-GH.2 George Karaganis (2 tapes). UT-GH.3 Marion Orphan. UT-GH.4 George and Bess Orphan. UT-GH.5 Vestpers Holy Trinity G. O. choir/ UT-GH.6 Maloley (2). UT-GH.7 Marianne and James Sampanis. UT-GH.8 Bicentennial Biennial Clergy: Laity Congress; Young Adult Symposium Tues. July 6, 1976, Philadelophia PA Archbishop Iakovos, H. M. Petrakis speakers. UT-GH.9 1976Switchboard Thalia Cheronis Selz: A Sallas, N Macroidis, Patrakis, Songs of Independenc and Freedom: Denis Mimitreas; Piano: Vasilios Gaitanos, Poem: Dance of the Zalongon, Alex Karanikas, Shepherds of Freedom: The years of war, Petrakis, Songs, Sonnets. UT-GH.10 Six tapes of meetings about the exhibit. UT-GH.11 Clark Afendoulis (2). Box 11 and 17. UT-GH.12 Chris Afendoulos. UT-GH.13 George Afendoulos (2). UT-GH.14 Sam Afendoulos (2). UT-GH.15 Tina Afendoulos (2). UT-GH.16 Steve and Sally Andrinidhes (2). James Zarafonetis. Delia Zarafonetis (2). Cleopatra Sedaris. Steve Frangos. UT-GH.17 Bessie Arrigo. UT-GH.18 Steve Bacalis (2). UT-GH.19Joan and James Bogdan. UT-GH.20 Mary and Paul Bogdan (2). UT-GH.21 Sophia Cachicalis (2). Box 12 and 18. UT-GH.22 Paul and Connie Chardoul. UT-GH.23 Constantine Dallis (2). UT-GH.24 Alex Demar and Delia Zervonitis (2) [zarafonetis?]. UT-GH.25 Alex Demar (3). UT-GH.26.1 Elaine Mitchell, Delia Demar. UT-GH.26.2 and .3 Mrs. Demar. UT-GH.27 Angelo Dimitriou (2). UT-GH.28 Emma Dukis and Eleni Limber. UT-GH.29 Andreas Fortias (2). UT-GH.30 Gounos Sourmelou (2). Box 13 and 19. UT-GH.31 Dean Georgacakes (2). UT-GH.32, 33, 34 Vivian Hampers (7). UT-GH.35 Helen Johnson. UT-GH.36 Athena Jaffas (3). UT-GH.37 Angeline Kachoutis. UT-GH.38 Gus Koukias (2). UT-GH.39 Sam and Jeannette Koukios. Box 14 and 20. UT-GH.40 Tom Kouchoukos (2). UT-GH.41 Andy Limber. UT-GH.4 2Alex Mitchell. UT-GH.43 Elaine Mitchell. UT-GH.44 Terry Monoyios. UT-GH.45 James Nicholas (2). UT-GH.46 Chrysoula Panopoulos (2). UT-GH.47 Christo and Joan Panopoulos. UT-GH.48 Jane Patsakos (2). UT-GH.49 Peter Patsakos (2). UT-GH.50 Ted Sampanes. UT-GH.51 Ted and Linda Sampanis (2). Box 15 and 21. UT-GH.52 Mary Skouras. UT-GH.53 Bill Savara. UT-GH.54 E. Stavrou. UT-GH.55 Irene Stavrou. UT-GH.56Johnny Theodore (2). UT-GH.57 Jim Triant (2). UT-GH.58 Spiro Vlahos. UT-GH.59 Bill Zarafonetis. UT-GH.60 George Zarafonetis. UT-GH.61 James H. Zarafonetis. UT-GH.62 Sharon Zarafonetis. UT-GH.63 Mrs. M. Zazoupoulos. UT-GH.65 Nicoletta and Alexander N. Paranos (2). Boxes 22 (masters) and 23 (usage). UT-GH.64 Mike Zervos (2). 13 more tapes of music, lectures


Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia

Video Interview Series

Harry Papadakes, George Gatsoulas, Despina “Bessie” Zantopoulos, Nicholas L. Gianopulos, Bertha “Panagiotsa” Rorres, Nick Tsirakoglou, Demetrios Constantelos, Pan-Macedonian Past Presidents Dialogue, Gust Kraras, Eleni Zarbalas-Pantaridis, Jerry Karapalides, Peter C. Bandy, Gary MOssaides, Mary Parras, Gus Andy, Vasilis Karasavas, Steven J. Vlahos, Nick Pappas, Klio Kokolis, Michael Nicolaou, Jarry Kahrilas, Evangelos Frudakis, Anastasia Bandy, Augie Pantellas, Thomas Gotzis, John Sporidis, Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos, Andreas Boukidis, Vasilos Voutsakis, Christina Vraim, John Onassis, Harry Seiss, John Manios,


University of Missouri-St. Louis UMSL Project


The Greek Professorship at UMSL is investigating the history of the St. Louis Greek-American Community. Students will be interviewing members of the community and research materials will be deposited in the Mary E. Critzas Archives of the Greek Culture Center on the campus of UM-St. Louis.

For information contact Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos, Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor of Greek Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, tel. (314) 516-6241, e-mailcosmopoulos@umsl.edu


The Youngstown State University Oral History Collection,



The collection began in 1974. It preserves first-person narratives of northeastern Ohioans who have participated in, or closely observed events which have significantly affected both the state and nation.

Stockton University Oral History Project

Stockton University Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies. Oral History Project supervised by Tom Papademetriou. Collecting and transcribing oral histories. Nothing available online yet (as of 2016)


Tsakopoulos Collection

University Library California State Univ. Sacramento


List of interviewees and the year each was recorded:

1. Bill Rotas, 2006. 2. Speros Sarlis, 2006. 3. Irene Compoginis, 2006. 4. George Tzikas, 2006. 5. George Mackis and Elaine Mackis, 2006. 6. Vaso Mayer, 2006. 7. Dr. Stratis Zampathas, 1984. 8. Marie Brauou, 1985. 9. Presbytera Eleutheria Dogias, 1985. 10. Father Demetrius Dogias, 1985. 11. Eugene Fotos, 1984 & 2005. 12. Tony Stathos, 2006. 13. Mary Stathos, 2006. 14. Helen Caparis, 2005. 15. Mary Lydon, 2006. 16. Bess Anton Feil, 2006. 17. Stella Demas and George Ballis, Louis Demas, and Marilyn Demas, 2005. 18. Julie Mamalis, 2006. 19. Nicholas Kerhoulas, 2005. 20. Gus Petrakas, 2005. 21. Koula Poulos, 2006. 22. Vasilis Verrios, 2006. 23. JoAnne Alexia Demas Horrell, 2006. 24. Jim Vallas, 2006. 25. Louis Demas, 2005. 26. Zita Vlavianos Hosmer, 2013

State Historical Society of Missouri

S0644 Greek American World War II Oral History Project, 2000


“This collection is available at The State Historical Society of Missouri. If you would like more information, please contact usatshsresearch@umsystem.edu.

Taped interviews with Greek-American men of St. Louis who fought in World War II, conducted in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Greece's entry into the war.”

Box 1. Series 1 - Master Tapes. T644.1 Spiro Abadgis T644.2 Trefont Abadgis T644.3 Spiro Boudoris, 8/10/00 T644.4 Emmanuel Cassimantis T644.5 Thomas A. Ginos, 5/5/00 T644.6 Bill Glastris, 7/8/00 T644.7 Leon Golfin, 3/24/00 T644.8 Tasso Karides T644.9 George Liringis, 4/20/00 T644.10 George Nicozisan, 8/2/00 T644.11 Bill Papageorge, 6/28/00 T644.12 Babe Pappas, 7/16/00 T644.13 George Pappas, 6/21/00 T644.14 Nicholas Stamulis, 7/12/00 T644.15 Elias B. Vlanton, 3/12/00. Box 2. Series 2 - Copies. T644.1 Spiro Abadgis T644.3 Spiro Boudouris, 8/10/00 T644.4 Emmanuel Cassimatis T644.5 Thomas A. Ginos, 5/5/00 T644.6 Bill Glastris, 7/8/00 T644.7 Leon Golfin, 3/24/00 T644.8 Tasso Karides T644.9 George Liringis, 4/20/00 T644.10 George Nicozisan, 8/2/00 T644.11 Bill PapaGeorge, 3/12/00 T644.13 George Pappas, 6/21/00 T644.15 Elias B. Vlanton, 3/12/00

Utah Division of State History, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. http://www.heritage.utah.gov/apps/history/findaids/B01644/B1644.xml

The Helen Z. Papanikolas Oral Histories Collection, 1969-1974 A Register of the Collection

Persons interviewed : Angelos, Georgia. Cononelos, Louis. Cozakas, Efrosini. Demiris, Olympia. Demiris, Peter. Jerefos, Katherine. Kisamitakis, Athena. Klekas, Wilma Mageras. McMichael, Millie Mageras. Papanikolas, Helen. Parchinski, Michelle. Paulos, Theodore. Stephanopoulos, George. Ypsilantis, Eugenia. Zamboukos, Virginia Latsis

Greeks in Washington


Oral histories from the Greek-American community in Washington State.

IHRC Univ. of Minneapolis Includes over 100 oral histories from Daughters of Penelope http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/support/greek.php

Got Greek –The Next Generation Initiative’s National Student Survey

“The Got Greek” National Student Survey is the first national online survey of American university students of Greek ancestry”


http://gotgreek.hellenext.org/category/interviews/ On line interviews

University of Kentucky Libraries: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History


Includes Greeks.

Smithsonian Archives of Art.


Includes transcribed interviews with several Greek-American artists.

Library of Congress American Folk Live Center


Arete: The Memories of Greek-American Women: An Oral History Collection Project. This collection contains oral history interviews with people of Greek descent living in the United States, collected during 1987-88.

Library of Congress American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940


Life histories compiled and transcribed by staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Works Project Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940. There are several Greeks among them. Transcripts are on line.

Library of Congress Veterans History Project www.loc.gov/vets/

Library of Congress. American Folklife Center Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia


Includes a few oral histories of Greeks of Whitesville or about Greeks of Whitesville

USC Shoah Foundation


Audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. Includes Greek Jews.

Wayne State University, The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs

Folklore archive that includes correspondence and many oral histories from the Greek-American Family Project. See the finding aid at https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/UR001731.pdf. The

Reuther Library also has miscellaneous other Greek materials which can be searched on that library’s home page athttps://www.reuther.wayne.edu/.

Notably, the archive includes interviews with historian Dan Georgakas

Search Engines

ArchiveGrid: https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/

OCLC: https://www.oclc.org/home.en.html

WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/


a) Blogs

Apollo Papafrangou, Fiction in a Greek-American Voice,



Greek Canadian History Project

The Greek Canadian History Project (GCHP) is an initiative designed and committed to identifying, acquiring, digitizing, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials that reflect the experiences of Canada’s Greek immigrants and their descendants. The collected sources, currently in the hands of private individuals and organizations in the Greek-Canadian community, will be placed in the care of the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections of York University Libraries. Recently, we had a large donation of materials from a politically and culturally active member of Toronto's Greek community. Also, the GCHP was invited to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Canadian Institute in Greece (Athens) for presentations on the project's goals and progress. Additionally, for a full week in May 2014, the GCHP had a large display of historical materials related to the Greek immigrant experience set up in the main foyer of Toronto City Hall.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Writing about a Community Publication, Writing for the Community

Greek Ethos: The Magazine, the Book, the Commitment to Learning

What is ethos? Why and how does it matter? Ethos points to a habit, something that someone does consistently and insistently. It is a recurrent action that one returns to because the action is inherently meaningful.

The concept of ethos is key to Eliseos Paul Taiganides’s work, and he brings it to our community through the magazine Greek Ethos, which he has been editing for the last ten years. Now, with the exciting publication of a book that compiles essays, biographies, and stories about Greek history and culture originally published in the magazine, Taiganides delivers his ethos of a tenacious commitment to cultivate learning within a community.

A great deal of labor is necessary to accomplish this endeavor. The ethos that Taiganides brings is a personal commitment to make this happen and a determination to draw as many contributors as possible to this orbit. Greek Ethos not only represents an individual’s commitment to create a community around the value of learning, but also carries a vision of engaging a collective: what is paramount is that learning involves a community. One may agree or disagree with Paul Taiganides’s interpretations of Greek history and culture, but this is precisely the point. His ethos is not to censor alternative perspectives, but to refreshingly host diverse points of view so that we learn from each other through civil conversation and dialogue.

One of the original highlights of both the magazine and the book is that they each bring within the same cover the perspectives of professionals, artists, authors, academics, engineers, scholars, and a wide range of community members. Multiple voices coexist here, a kind of a polis of letters if you will, where citizens share their knowledge, stories, biographies, and histories.

Greek Ethos connects the habitual practice—again, the ethos—of striving for individual and collective learning centered around the idea of a Greek identity. Bringing the practice of ethos and the idea of identity together, Greek Ethos raises a question central to Greek America. What does it mean to be Greek American in the twenty-first century? What is the meaning and relevance of a Greek identity when one is deeply connected with American society, and perhaps other cultures as well?

A great deal is at stake in these questions, and the investment to publish Greek Ethos provides a meaningful answer. The commitment to produce and disseminate Greek learning takes our understanding of Greek identity beyond a mere celebration of heritage, or pride to the legacy of this heritage. It entails a consistent, unceasing commitment (ethos) to animate this heritage and its values, as well as to study this history and understand the culture. It takes work to engage with heritage and be substantively enriched by it. This is what Greek Ethos delivers: a commitment to active circulation of knowledge about cultural heritage.

Greek Ethos represents a cultural project of particular significance for our community. It presents us with biographies of community members and their commitments, outlooks, and achievements. By telling the stories of people we have lost, it honors and preserves their memories. The project pays homage to individuals and families who have committed their lives to enrich the community, and it brings us commentaries about literature, language, history, and culture from artists and scholars with connections to the Ohio State University and beyond. In this respect this project is decisively local in orientation while also bringing to our attention Greek American issues of general interest. By focusing on individuals we know and interact with, Greek Ethos allows us to know them better, to understand what drives their lives. Their ethos.

In contributing to a mutual understanding, Greek Ethos enhances a sense of community. It enables us to remain connected as our busy lives and multiple commitments often keep us apart. One might even say that this project creates a sense of community. Its stories and essays nourish a conversation across generations, between newcomers and existing members, and among individuals who might not be otherwise socially connected. Greek Ethos weaves shared narratives within our diverse community, exemplifying the public ethos of investing in shared learning. This project is worth the support it enjoys from the Greek Olympic Society, and the ethos it cultivates will remain an integral part of our cultural identity. But this constancy, as Greek Ethos reminds us, cannot be taken for granted. It, without a doubt, takes collaborative work.

Yiorgos Anagnostou

December 29, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Greek American Studies Resource Portal – Update (2015a)

From the desk of the MGSA Transnational Studies Committee

Collected by the Committee
Compiled by Kostis Kourelis


a) Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Sutton, David E. Remembrance of Repasts: An Anthropology of Food and Memory. Oxford: Berg, 2001.

[This book offers a theoretical account of the interrelationship of culture, food and memory. Sutton challenges and expands anthropology's current focus on issues of embodiment, memory and material culture, especially in relation to transnational migration and the flow of culture across borders and boundaries. The Greek island of Kalymnos in the eastern Aegean, where Islanders claim to remember meals long past -- both humble and spectacular ñ provides the main setting for these issues, as well as comparative materials drawn from England and the United States. Despite the growing interest in anthropological accounts of food and in the cultural construction of memory, the intersection of food with memory has not been accorded sustained examination. Cultural practices of feasting and fasting, global flows of food as both gifts and commodities, the rise of processed food and the relationship of orally transmitted recipes to the vast market in specialty cookbooks tie traditional anthropological mainstays such as ritual, exchange and death to more current concerns with structure and history, cognition and the 'anthropology of the senses'. Arguing for the crucial role of a simultaneous consideration of food and memory, this book significantly advances our understanding of cultural processes and reformulates current theoretical preoccupations.]

Sutton, David E. Secrets from the Greek Kitchen: Cooking, Skill, and Everyday Life on an Aegean Island. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.

[Secrets from the Greek Kitchen explores how cooking skills, practices, and knowledge on the island of Kalymnos are reinforced or transformed by contemporary events. Based on more than twenty years of research and the author’s videos of everyday cooking techniques, this rich ethnography treats the kitchen as an environment in which people pursue tasks, display expertise, and confront culturally defined risks. Kalymnian islanders, both women and men, use food as a way of evoking personal and collective memory, creating an elaborate discourse on ingredients, tastes, and recipes. Author David E. Sutton focuses on micropractices in the kitchen, such as the cutting of onions, the use of a can opener, and the rolling of phyllo dough, along with cultural changes, such as the rise of televised cooking shows, to reveal new perspectives on the anthropology of everyday living.]

Teske, Robert T. Votive Offerings among Greek-Philadelphians. New York: Arno Press, 1980.

Teske, Robert T. “Votive Offerings and the Belief System of Greek Philadelphians.” Western Folklore44 (1985): 208-224.

[Pioneering work in Greek-American ethnography, carried out in 1974 PhD thesis at the Department of Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania. Examines the role of votive offerings placed by parishioners on the icons of Philadelphia’s Greek Orthodox churches]

ARCHAEOLOGY (new category)

Davis L. Jack and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan (eds.), Phillhellenism, Philanthropy, or Political Correctness? American Archaeology in Greece. Special Issue of Hesperia 82/1 (2013). 227 pp.

Duke, Philip, Randall H. McGuire, Dean J. Saitta, Paul E. Reckner and Mark Walker. “The Colorado Coalfield War Archaeological Project: Archaeology Serving Labor.” In Preserving Western History, (ed.) Andrew Gulliford. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 32-43.

ARCHITECTURE (new category)

Baroutas, Kostas. Οι ναοί των ελλήνων μεταναστών [The Churches of Greek Immigrants]. Athens: Karakatsoglou, 2006.

Cutler, Anthony. “The Tyranny of Hagia Sophia: Notes on Greek Orthodox Church Design in the United States.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 31 (1972): 38-50.

Nelson, Robert S. “Revival to Wright: Modern Sophias,” in Hagia Sophia 1850-1950: Holy Wisdom Modern Monument. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. 187-213.

Yiannias, John. “Coping with the Imported Past: A Theme in Greek and Greek American Church Architecture.” In Αναθήματα Εορτικά: Studies in Honor of Thomas F. Mathews, (ed.) Joseph D. Alchermes (Mainz: Von Zabern, 2009). 318-326.


a) Autobiographies, Memoirs, Biographies

Constant, Constance. Austin Lunch. Hillsdale, NJ: Cosmos, 2005.
[Based on the author’s own memories, this book relates the story of a family living through the shock of immigration and the struggles of the Great Depression in Chicago. The mother goes against Greek convention by going to work in her husband’s West Side restaurant, thus helping to support her two children. As written on the cover of the book: “The restaurant with its parade of assorted inner city characters becomes a proving ground for the children to observe the energy, integrity and courage of their hard working parents during the rough thirties and early forties]

Doundoulakis, Helias. I Was Trained to be a Spy. Bloomington, IN: XLibris, 2008.

[Helias Doundoulakis was born in the United States but grew up in Crete. In this memoir, he writes about his experiences during World War II as a resistance fighter and a spy. In 1941, when he was 18, the German elite paratroopers invaded his island. He joined a resistance group headed by his brother. When the group was uncovered, he and his brother avoided capture by the Gestapo by escaping to Egypt. There he joined OSS, trained as a spy, and performed underground missions in Greece. After the war, he settled in the United States, where he became a professional engineer and inventor.]

Janus, Christopher. The World of Christopher Xenopoulos Janus: Stories Interviews and Scoops. Chicago: Calligraphico Press, 2008.

Johnson, Michael S. Obscurity to Fame in the Oil Business. Self-published, 2012.
[Petroleum geology Michael Johnson, the son of Greek immigrants, made the groundbreaking discovery of the Parshall Oil Field in North Dakota.]
Kapsalis, Paul “Whitey” and Ted Gregory. To Chase a Dream: A Soccer Championship, An Unlikely Hero and a Journey that Redefined Winning. Maindenhead, UK: Meyer and Meyer Sports Ltd., 2014.

Matsakis, Aphrodite. Growing up Greek in St. Louis. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2002.

[Through a series of vivid personal accounts, Matsakis explores the challenges faced by Greek-Americans as they sought to preserve a rich cultural heritage while assimilating to American ways. From a detailed account of her grandmothers' struggles during the occupation of Greece during WWII and the Asia Minor Holocaust to the first hand experiences faced by Greek-American children in Greek school, the celebration of name days, and the ever-present "evil eye," the book captures the sense of tradition, history, hospitality (philotimo), and community so vital to the Greek experience.]

Nashi, Stavro. Ithaka on the Horizon: A Greek-American Journey. Self-published, 2013. .

Stamatiades, Lambros J. Journey of My Life. Trans. Peter Demopoulos. Los Angeles: Hellenic University Club of Southern California, 2013.

[Lambros J. Stamatiades (1897-1993) wrote his memoir in Greek for his “close circle of relatives, fellow villagers, and friends from Karpathos in the Dodecanese Islands.” It is now available in both Greek (106 pages) and English (104 pages) through the Internet. Stamatiades, who grew up in Karpathos, immigrated to the United States in 1912. He returned to Greece in 1921 and got married, but because of restrictive immigration policy, he could not return to the United States until 1925. He left his wife and daughters behind, and they joined him in 1934. Stamatiades writes about growing up in Greece and immigrating to the United State. He includes anecdotes about the Italian occupation of the island in the 1920s, his role in organizing the OMONIA of Karpathian Aperians in the United States, and his activities in the labor movement. Because of the latter, he was jailed and blacklisted. Stamatiades worked as a waiter in New York for 55 years. He and his wife raised three daughters and two sons. The book is not the traditional memoir. It includes not only stories about his life, but a short biography of his wife Marigo, his thoughts about the universe and society, adages of how to live, several nostalgic poems by him and fellow patrioti from Karpathos, correspondence received from friends and relatives, two maps, and eight photos]

Tatooles, James E. Heartbeats. Chicago: Open Books, 2014.

[Heartbeats is the memoir of one of the pioneers in modern cardiac surgery, Constantine ‘Dino’ Tatooles, M.D., as told to his brother James E. Tatooles.]


Diamanti-Karanou, Panagoula, The Relationship between Homeland and Diaspora: The Case of Greece and the Greek-American. PhD diss. Boston: Northeast University, 2015.


[In an increasingly global world, diasporas are unique actors since they represent a fusion of the cultures, interests and mentalities of their old and new homelands. Thus, the relationship between homelands and diasporas becomes quite significant. Nevertheless, it remains understudied. This dissertation attempts to contribute to the study of this phenomenon through an in-depth examination of the relationship between Greece and the Greek diaspora in the United States. The Greek state and the Greek-American community are interdependent on each other. The state relies on the community for assistance in the areas of development, economic cooperation, humanitarian aid, and advocacy for foreign policy issues. The community relies on the Greek state for support with respect to Greek education and the preservation of Greek culture in the United States. The relationship between the two entities reflects the dynamics of a partnership although the state has tried in the past to extend its control over the Greek-American community. However, the community has proved its independence vis-à-vis the Greek state. In order to have a more fruitful partnership in the future, a number of conditions should be in place, including a systematic and well-planned diaspora policy on the part of the Greek state and better organized structures on the part of the Greek-American community. Moreover, a better and deeper knowledge and appreciation of each other is very important for any further cooperation: the Greek state needs to get to know the spectrum of Greek identity and culture that exists in the Greek-American community while the Greek-Americans need to have a deeper knowledge of Greece and Greek culture. The Greek-American diaspora can have a significant role as an agent of positive change and it can be a unique bridge between the two nations enriching them both at the same time.]

Gizelis, Gregory. Narrative Rhetorical Devices of Persuasion in the Greek Community of Philadelphia. Ph.D. diss. University of Pennsylvania, 1972.

Stamatis, Yona. Rebetiko Nation: Hearing Pavlos Vassiliou’s Alternative Greekness Through Rebetiko Song. Doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan. 2011


d) Documentaries – Interviews (new subsection)

In connection with the special section on Public Scholarship published in the May 2015 issue of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies the editors conducted an interview with Kostis Karpozilos, the historian behind the acclaimed documentary Greek-American Radicals: The Untold Story, on questions regarding public scholarship, Greek-American radicalism, and the hidden folds of history.



c) Film Scholarship

Basea, Erato. “Zorba the Greek, Sixties Exotica and a New Cinema in Hollywood and Greece.” Studies in European Cinema 10 (2015): 1-17.


Frangos, Steve. “The Twined Muses: Ethel and Jenne Magafan.” Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora 31:2 (2005): 59-94.

Preble, Michael. William Baziotes: Paintings and Drawings, 1934-1962, Milan: Skira, 2004

[Monograph on Greek-American painter from Pittsburgh and major contributor to the Abstract Expressionist movement]

Shaw, Mary. 2015. Painter and Pataphysician Thomas Chimes. Seattle: Marquand Books, 2015.

[Conversations with painter Thomas Chimes, including discussions of growing up in the Greek-American community of Philadelphia.]

Taylor, Michael. 2007. Thomas Chimes: Adventures in ’Pataphysics. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art.
[Retrospective of Greek-American artist Thomas Chimes from Philadelphia. First retrospective of his work in Greece took place at the Benaki Museum, “Thomas Chimes: Into the White” (2013)]

b. Essays (new subsection)
Melis, Amalia, “A Daring Soul: Tribute to Betty Ryan”, KYSO Flash Journal, October 2014 http://www.kysoflash.com/MelisRyan.aspx

Melis, Amalia, “Three Assemblage Sculptures: Commentary on Process”, KYSO Flash Journal, October 2014 http://www.kysoflash.com/MelisAssemblages.aspx

Melis, Amalia, “Screaming From Inside the Sealed Vault”, Ducts Journal, Winter 2013


Melis, Amalia, “Sunday Morning, Pireos Street ”, Glimmer Train Journal, April 2012 (Bulletin #63)



Kindinger, Evangelia. Homebound: Diaspora Spaces and Selves in Greek American Return Narratives. Heidelberg: Winter University Press. 2015.

[Home is where the heart is’ – but where is the heart of the daughter or the grandson of a Greek immigrant living in the United States? In the American imagination, immigration ends with the successful integration into American culture and society. Yet, the routes of immigration are not straight, but circular. The home outside America appeals to immigrants and their descendants. It inspires them to return and not to stay put. Returnees keep moving back and forth between homes, creating diaspora spaces in which they cultivate transnational ties. In this volume, for the first time, autobiographical accounts of return are conceptualized as a distinct and important sub-genre of travel and life writing, as ‘return narratives’. Exemplified by eight Greek American texts about the challenges and benefits of coming home, the motif of return is explored and defined in a diasporic and Greek American context. This motif has played a central role in Greek American writing, especially after the 1960s; it mirrors the complex formulation of a Greek American identity. This volume uses Greek American studies, diaspora theory, transnational studies, and gender studies to offer a new analytical framework in American and Literary Studies for thinking about home, the nation-state and identity today.]


Gizelis, Gregory. “Foodways Acculturation in the Greek Community of Philadelphia.” Pennsylvania Folklife 20:2 (1970-1971): 9-15.

League, Panayotis. “Kalymnos Island, Greece.” In The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook, Volume II. Ed. Sean Williams. New York: Routledge. 164-168.


“Introduction – Modern Greek Studies and Public Scholarship: Intersections and Prospects.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33 (1): 1–14. May 2015. [Special section on Modern Greek Studies and Public Humanities, Yiorgos Anagnostou Guest Editor]
2) “Public Humanities in Greek America: Personal Reflections, Intellectual Vocations” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33 (1): 15–24. May 2015. [Special section on on Modern Greek Studies and Public Humanities, Yiorgos Anagnostou Guest Editor]


b) History in Popular Media

Thomopoulos, Elaine."The Greek American Press." GreekCircle Fall 2014: 19-23.

The Greek immigrants who came to America saw the Greek American press as their lifeline to Greece and their voice in the community. It helped them navigate the New World and assisted their children and grandchildren to embrace their Hellenic identity. Thomopoulos explores the development of three present-day newspapers, The National Herald (founded in 1915), The Greek Star (founded in 1904), and the Greek Press (founded in 1929). It shows how the audience, language, politics, and content of the papers changed over the years. Also included is a short synopsis of the Orthodox Observer, KRHTH, and The AHEPAN, three other publications that have been published for 80 years or more

c) History and Historiography Scholarship

Clogg, Richard (ed). The Greek Diaspora in the Twentieth Century. London: Palgrave, 1999.

Constantakos, Chrysie Mamalakis. 1981. The American-Greek Subculture: Processes of Continuity, New York: Ayer, 1981.

[Doctorate of Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia, 1971 thesis, looking at Ierarches Community in Brooklyn, 1980]


a) Fiction

Burzawa, Paula Renee. Seasons of the Sun. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, Inc., 2010.

[As described on the back cover of the book: Question: Will there be a problem re: copyright if we quote? “When a shy American teenager travels with her mother to the mountain village of Vassara, Greece, after the unexpected death of a family member, she is overcome with grief. As she watches children chase balls across the town square and old widows ride atop donkeys to harvest fields of almond and olive trees, the young girl realizes she has stumbled upon a gateway to a new life. What starts out as a holiday abroad quickly turns into the discovery of a magical place, where love and friendship endure through time and where traditions of an ancient world survive modern change to bring about an inexplicable miracle. Summer after summer, she cannot resist returning to her mother’s homeland and the enchanting village that enraptures both her heart and soul. Nothing—not even a raging mountain wildfire—can keep her away from the people and place she loves. As she matures from a girl to a woman, she falls in love for the first time and faces a difficult choice between the familiarity of home and the enticement of an uncertain future.]

Liontas, Annie. Let me Explain You. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015.

[A powerful debut novel about a Greek American family and its enigmatic patriarch from a riveting new voice in contemporary literature. Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner, believes he has just ten days to live. As he prepares for his final hours, he sends a scathing email to his ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better live their lives. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends dismiss his behavior as nothing more than a plea for attention, but when Stavros disappears, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death.]

Melis, Amalia. “Immigrant Daughter,” Glimmer Train Journal, (2nd place Short Story Award for New Writers), Spring 2002.

Melis, Amalia. “Daughter News,” Glimmer Train Journal, (Short Story finalist), 2005.

Melis, Amalia. “Broken English,” Glimmer Train Journal, (Short Story finalist), 2007.

Melis, Amalia. “I Know My Place,” Glimmer Train Journal, (Honorable Mention), Dec. 2013.

Melis, Amalia. “A One Minute Dream,” Writers@Work, (Finalist & Honorable Mention), Feb. 2014.

[Amalia Melis is a Greek-American journalist and a fiction writer. She is the founder of the Aegean Arts Circle writing workshops (www.aegeanartscircle.com), which host annual creative writing workshops with award winning authors-held in Andros, Greece. An artist as well as writer, her assemblage sculptures have been part of group art exhibits in Vermont U.S., Athens, Greece, Berlin, Germany. Born and raised in New York, she is bilingual.]

e) Literature and Poetry Scholarship

Georganta, Konstantina. “Home and Displacement: The Dynamic Dialectics of 1922 Smyrna,” Synthesis 5 (Fall 2013).



Bilides, Sophia. “Greek Legacy.” E. Thomas Compact Discs, 1991.

[Vocalist Sophia Bilides, accompanied by an array of fine Greek instrumentalists, celebrates the beauty of her musical heritage on Greek Legacy, a rich collection encompassing a variety of styles: cabaret songs from Asia Minor (Smyrneika), urban blues of Athenian tavernas (Rebetika), old songs of Constantinople (Politika), refugee laments (Amanethes), lilting island melodies (Nissiotika), and dance songs of central Greece (Tsamika).]

Caraveli, Anna. "The Symbolic Village: Community Born in Performance." The Journal of American Folklore 98 (1985): 259-286.

Drómeno. "Flórina: Greek/Balkan Dance Music." Drómeno, 2012.

[DRÓMENO is a unique folk group presenting regional music from all over Greece and the Balkans. Led by Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter, long-time players in the Balkan music scene, the group includes both of their kids (Eleni and Bobby Govetas), as well as Nikos Maroussis and Peter Lippman. Dromeno presents authentic music that pulls from deep roots from Greece and all across the Balkans. Between them, these versatile members create the brass sounds of Macedonia, sonorous clarinet and vocal interplay from Ipiros and Thessaly, strident zournas and daouli from Serres, and energetic Thracian dance tunes.]

Govetas, Christos. "Passatempo: Rebetika with Christos Govetas." Christos Govetas, 2007.
[Husband and wife team Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter join up with guitarist Dave Bartley (of KGB) to create a collection of old Rebetika tunes from the 30's and 40’s. The superb recording quality and choice of tunes makes this cd a rare gem.]

Kallimopoulou, Eleni. Paradosiaká: Music, Meaning, and Identity in Modern Greece.Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.

Lomax Wood, Anna. "Musical Practice and Memory on the Edge of Two Worlds: Kalymnian Tsamboúna and Song Repertoire in the Family of Nikitas Tsimouris.” In The Florida Folklife Reader. Ed. Tina Bucuvalas. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012. 96-153.

League, Panayotis. Kalymnian Music and Dance in Tarpon Springs, Florida. M.A. Thesis. Boston University, 2012.
[Abstract: Greek immigrants from the Dodecanese island of Kálymnos have dominated the social, political, and economic life of Tarpon Springs, Florida since their arrival in the first decades of the twentieth century. Remarkably unlike the typical urban immigrant experience, this dynamic has allowed the Kalymnian-American community of Tarpon Springs to negotiate its relationship with American society from a position of relative power, without the immediate need to compromise linguistic, social, or occupational identity for the sake of survival. The cultural and artistic traditions of Kálymnos—foremost among them music and dancing—have played a central role in the construction of Kalymnian-American identity in Tarpon Springs, and have enabled a creative negotiation on the community’s own terms of the states of “hyphenated being” that characterize immigrant communities. This thesis examines the ways in which Kalymnian Tarponites use embodied musical movement as a resonant bridge between competing cultural allegiances, a means of imaginative travel in search of emotional fulfillment, and a venue to perform notions of distinction and belonging. For Kalymnian residents of Tarpon Springs, the embodied music and dance traditions of Kálymnos function as mobile sites of tension and transcendence, are imbued with a new set of self-sufficient meanings, and serve as a passport to cross the blurry borders of transnational being.]

League, Panayotis. “Family Sense and Family Sound: Home Recordings and Greek-American Identity.” Paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology National Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 15, 2014.

[Abstract: This paper examines the diverse ways that four generations of an extended Greek-American family of musicians have employed recording technologies to explore their migrant subjectivity. Focusing on an Ottoman-era collection of handwritten sheet music and homemade audio recordings on reel-to-reel tape from the 1950s to 1970s, it explores the ways that people's interactions with these materials have enabled the preservation and transmission of family repertoire, style, and both musical and social memory. Drawing on the work on Robin Bernstein (2011), Georgina Born (2005), and Nadia Seremetakis (1994), it highlights the performative agency embedded in these scores and reels, and reveals that, beyond mere archives of musical activity, they are sonic and material sites of emotional valence, nodes for the mediating of personal and musical relations, and a means of engaging the body to craft both a sense of family and a recognizable family sound. These musical archives enter into dialogue with other aspects of the Anatolian Greek community's material culture to reveal past musical practices, shape contemporary ones, produce ideas and memories about the musicians who made them, and interrogate the meaning of “home” and “family” in the immigrant context.]

League, Panayotis. “Matters of Taste and Time in Anatolian Greek Music.” Paper presented at the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, April 11, 2015.

[Abstract: This paper examines the intersection between the sense of taste and the sense of time in the musical practices of the Boston area's Greek-American community. Specifically, it focuses on members of an extended family of musicians descended from immigrants from the island of Lesvos and the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, whose regional music and culinary traditions are distinctive, rich in historical and cultural significance, and deeply interrelated. The goal of this investigation is twofold: one, to propose a sensorium-centered theoretical framework for investigating how cultural knowledge is constructed at the intersections of sociality, music, and memory; and two, to tease out the specific ways in which the culinary and musical traditions of Lesvos and Asia Minor exist within each other in the cultural life of this immigrant community. This sensory symbiosis is manifested most tellingly on a level of what can be called “didactic metaphor,” in which the culinary terms “heaviness” and “drunkenness” are used to describe and prescribe the ideal temporal relationships performed in the music and steps of the zeibekiko and karsilamas, the two dances most representative of the Lesvian tradition. Musical and culinary practices in this community are saturated with the co-presence of multiple times – historical, memorial, subjective, and musical pasts, presents, and futures – and an examination of this inherent polytemporality is essential to an understanding of how memory works in the lives of these musicians to create and sustain social bonds and reconcile individual and collective identities.]

League, Panayotis. Review of Hélenè Delaporte, 2004, Grèce. Koumpania Xalkias: Musiciens traditionnels d'Épire/Greece. Koumpania Xalkias: Traditional Musicians of Epirus. Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology Volume 59 Issue 1, Winter 2015, 165-168

Makrygiannes, Giorgos. Γιώργος Μακρυγιάννης, "Γιώργος Μακρυγιάννης ή 'Νισύριος:' Ιστορικές Ηχογραφήσεις 1917-1919.” Μορφωτικός και Εξωραϊστικός Σύλλογος Νισύρου, 2011.

Pangéo. "Northern Borders." Pangéo, 2002.
[Compelling Greek vocal and instrumental music will have you dancing before you can say 'Ipiros.]

Petrusich, Amanda. “Hunting for the Source of the World’s Most Beguiling Music,” New York Times Magazine (Sept. 24, 2014).


Petrusich, Amanda. Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records, New York: Scribner: 2014.

Various artists, “Το Κρητικό Τραγούδι στην Αμερική 1945-1953.” FM Records, 1999.
Ziyiá. “Regional Music of Greece.” Ziyiá, 2014.

Ziyiá. “Travels with Karagiózis.” agaRhyhm, 1995.

Ziyiá. “From the Mountains to the Islands.” AgaRhythm, 1993.

[Ziyia has been playing together since 1990, sharing a love of Greek regional, traditional music, played on instruments appropriate to the regions. From the lilting island music of Naxos, to the spoon dances of Cappadocia, or the driving rhythm of the chestos from Thrace, all is played with attention to regional styling. This dedicated group shares a passion for the connection with dancers and is one of the premier bands for Greek music in the US. This highly regarded group has been playing at Greek weddings and baptisms, Greek festivals and music camps throughout the US for over 20 years.]



Byers, Michele and Evangelia Tastsoglou. “Negotiating Ethno-Cultural Identity: The Experience of Greek and Jewish Youth in Halifax.” Canadian Ethnic Studies. 40.2 (2008): 5–33.

Europe (new category)

Petridou, Elia. “The Taste of Home,” in Home Possessions: Material Culture behind Closed Doors, ed. Daniel Miller. Oxford: Berg, 2001. 87-106.

[An ethnographic study of the foods that Cypriot university students in the UK bring from home or have their parents send by mail. Examines constructions of home in a diasporic university setting.]

Friday, May 8, 2015

Greek Women Globally

This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Greek-American journalist, blogger, and educator Irene Archos, adjunct professor at Nassau Community College and founder of greekamericangirl.com. In this week's interview, Archos will speak to us about her blog and how it got started, as well as about pertinent issues facing families and particularly women of the Greek diaspora, such as the pressures to marry Greek and to raise children within the Greek culture, plus the difficulties which often exist when living between two or more cultures within a community of the diaspora. Finally, Archos will also discuss the new foundation which she aims to establish, which seeks to bring together Greek women all across the globe.

Hear all this and much more this week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio! For our complete broadcast schedule, which begins TODAY, and for more details, visit our website: http://dialogosmedia.org/?p=5110. On our website, you can also find our podcasts, our on-demand programming, our articles and commentaries, our past playlists, and listen to our online radio station, Dialogos Radio 24/7.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Youth Cultures in Greek America

Roundtable in the Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium, Atlanta Georgia (Forthcoming October 15-18, 2015): http://apaclassics.org/apa-blog/conf-modern-greek-studies-association-symposium


Young people generate a wide range of institutional activities in Greek America. Initiatives such as Got Greek, the National Hellenic Society, and enduring youth programs in Greek Orthodox parishes promote Greek identification in the United States. 

U.S. Modern Greek Programs and Colleges in Greece also participate in this identity making. Student testimonies speak about Greek education in the United States and study abroad experience in Greece as deeply transformative, often vital in reclaiming identity. 

Though heritage students are central in our professional lives as Modern Greek studies educators, academic work on Greek American youth is uneven. Oral history projects certainly focus explicitly on College students, a subject which is also discussed in few ethnographic reports. Extensive fieldwork has been carried out among young Greek Americans who settle in Greece. Autobiographical and fictional narratives of youth identity and belonging have been topics of academic research. And sociology traces intergenerational language and culture loss. 

Still there is no book length ethnography on the topic of Greek American youth. There is no understanding of the issues this cohort faces in contexts such as the classroom, the family, the community, transnational travel, and the workplace, among others. The recent controversy over the MTV show "Growing up Greek" brought to the fore a number of perspectives about youth identity about which scholarship is lacking.

The purpose of this roundtable is to place this population at the center of reflection. Panelists will briefly discuss emergent research, identify new contexts, pose questions for further work, and engage with the audience on how to best advance scholarship on this topic. Can we collectively think on how to tap our educational co-experience with heritage students to better understand this cohort?

Organizer: Yiorgos Anagnostou (Ohio State University)


Information on the panelists’ and presider's scholarship and relevant experience

Despina Margomenou (University of Michigan) is an educator with a long experience in the pedagogies of teaching language and culture in a major Modern Greek Program. This scholar will discuss how Greek American College students engage with Greek identities in interactive situations in a classroom setting. 

Panayiotis League (Harvard University), a Ph.D. candidate, has conducted extensive ethnography on music and dance in several Greek American communities. This researcher will adopt a transregional and transnational perspective to examine the importance of traditional music in the making of ethnic identity among the youth. 

Fevronia Soumakis (Teachers College, Columbia University), the third panelist, a recent Ph.D, works on Greek education in the United States, and has been conducting research on Church programs and identity. This scholar will discuss the ways the Greek Orthodox Church shapes Greek American youth in a particular parish, through multiple youth ministries. 

Yiorgos Anagnostou (The Ohio State University), the fourth panelist has published extensively on Greek America. This speaker will discuss the recent controversy over the MTV show “Growing up Greek,” and the issues this debate brings in relation to Greek American youth cultures. 

Artemis Leontis (University of Michigan), the presider of the forum, a widely known specialist in Greek and Greek diaspora studies, will introduce the themes of the panel and lead the discussion. 

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