Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Greek American Resource Portal – Spring 2013

The MGSA Transnational Studies Committee has now compiled its latest update of The Greek American Studies Resource Portal. The new material will soon be incorporated into the existing Portal (
We list the update below for convenient perusal.

Lia Kindinger, committee member
Yiorgos Anagnostou, Peter Jeffreys, Co-Chairs

The Greek American Studies Resource Portal – Spring 2013

Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Nevradakis, Michael. “From Assimilation to Kalomoira: Satellite Television and its Place in New York City's Greek Community.” Global Media Journal    Canadian Edition 4.1 (2011): 163-78.

Autobiographies – Memoirs – Biography

Ball, Eric L. Sustained by Eating, Consumed by Eating Right: Reflections, Rhymes, Rants and Recipes. Albany: State U of New York P, 2013.

When Eric L. Ball returned to his hometown in northern New York after a fifteen-year absence that included time in Greece, he began building his version of the good life, largely revolving around growing, foraging, and cooking safe and wholesome foods. Yet, surrounded by family and old memories, he found himself grappling with the loss of his unlikely Mediterranean past and struggling to navigate the interplay of intellectual convictions and emotional needs as he strived to construct a fulfilling ethical life in the unsustainable modern world. In Sustained by Eating, Consumed by Eating Right, Ball shares his experiences and explores questions about food and drink, including the relationship between recipes and learning, the significance of the Mediterranean diet, how to cook authentic Greek foods in the United States, and how to obtain safe and healthy food in a toxic world. Ultimately, Ball considers broader questions about the evolving significance of family, the nature of freedom, the future of the environment, and thinking that one can change the world. The result is a bittersweet story that ponders questions about living a decent and fulfilling life when it comes to food and family.


Greek-American Review – Haverford College's Magill Library is in the process of providing on line access to the Greek-American Review, a New York City-based monthly magazine edited by Peter Makrias that appeared between 1991-2006. It was the continuation of the magazine Nea Yorki /New York. The contents of six annual volumes are currently available in .pdf form at:

Hellenic-American Oral History Project: Greek Americans (Queens College)

The Immigration History Research Center (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

The Immigration History Research Center Archives contain the largest and most significant collections of multi-ethnic immigrant experience in North America. Established in 1965, the IHRC’s staff, affiliated ethnic scholars, and communities contributed toward the archival collections. Archival holdings reflect the experience of immigrants, ethnic communities and organizational or resettlement records. The Greek American collections primarily fit within the late 19th- and early 20th-century migration documentation (from a geographic area described by Finland, Syria and Italy) collected by the IHRC, but 20th-century refugee materials also are collected. A related resource available at the Special Collections and Rare Books division at the University of Minnesota is the Basil Laourdas Modern Greek Collection of Greek literature. The circulating holdings of the University Libraries contain thousands of books on Greek topics that support the non-circulating archival and rare print materials for studying Greek culture and immigration.

The Greek American holdings at the IHRC contain several extraordinarily rich collections documenting Hellenic immigration on multiple levels. The archives of fraternal and educational organizations such as the Order of AHEPA or Daughters of Penelope provide valuable information on the community life of Greek-speaking immigrants and their descendants in many regions of the United States, from Tarpon Springs, Florida, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Papers of immigration historian Theodore Saloutos document various stages of Greek immigration, while the Demetrios Callimachos collection offers a wealth of complementary visual materials, among other sources. Religion is well represented in the papers of Rev. George Papademetriou which have recently been processed to make them accessible. The IHRC also holds a significant library of books pertaining to Greek immigration, as well as newspapers and magazines produced by this immigrant group. The collections have been used in the past by scholars researching regional Greek American histories, relationships between immigrants and their country of origin, and other subjects of ethnic history and comparative studies of multiple immigrant groups.

Contact information

“The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese”

The Sketchbooks of Sam Karres, 1975-1996 (University of Michigan)

Artist Sam Karres recently donated sketchbooks, dating from 1975-1996, to the University of Michigan Library. The collection will support the study of both Greek America and Detroit. Sam Karres has spent his life deriving inspiration from the city of Detroit. With a sketchbook always in hand, he captured Greektown before the casino, at a time when it was truly a Greek neighborhood. Karres worked as an illustrator for Ford Motor Company for 25 years, but he didn’t let his job interfere with his personal artistic life. He considered it a great way to live: work eight hours, paint eight hours, and sleep eight hours.

Dissertations and Theses

Kindinger, Evangelia. “Homebound: Diaspora Spaces and
Selves in Greek American Return Narratives.” Diss. Ruhr
Universität Bochum (Germany), 2012.

Panagakos, Anastasia. Romancing the Homeland: Transnational Lifestyles and Gender in the Greek Diaspora. PhD diss. University of California, Santa Barbara. 2003.


c) Film Scholarship

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. “When ‘Second Generation’ Narratives and Hollywood Meet: Making Ethnicity in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” MELUS 37.4 (2012): 139–63. 

Basea, Erato. “My Life in Ruins: Hollywood and Holidays in Greece in Times of Crisis.” Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture 3.2 (2012): 199–208.

Cardon, Lauren S. The “White Other” in American Intermarriage Stories, 1945-2008. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. [includes discussion of My Big Fat Greek Wedding]

Kalogeras, Yiorgos. 2012. “Entering through the Golden Door: Cinematic Representations of a Mythical Moment.” Journal of Mediterranean Studies 21.1 (2012): 77–99.

Globalization, Transnationalism, Diaspora

Fakiolas, Rosetos. “Οι Ελληνες twn ΗΠΑ” [The Greeks of the United States]. Ελληνισμός της Διασποράς, Τόμος G΄ [The Hellenism of Diaspora, Vol. C]. Eds. Antonios Kontis and Rosetos Fakiolas. Patras: Greek Open University,         2002.

Kitroeff, Alexander. “Emigration Transatlantique et Strategie Familiale: La Grèce” [Transatlantic Emigration and Family Strategy: Greece]. Espaces et Familles dans l’ Europe du Sud à l’âge moderne [Space and Families in   Southern Europe in the Contemporary Era]. Ed. Stuart Woolf. Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme, 1992. 241-70.

------. “Υπερατλαντική Μετανάστευση” [Transatlantic Emigration]. Ιστορία της Ελλάδας του 20ου Αιώνα [History of Greece in the Twentieth Century, Vol.1 1900-1922]. Ed. Christos Hadziiosif. Athens: Vivliorama, 1999.

------. “Εμπορικές Παροικίες και Μετανάστες” [Merchant Colonies and Immigrants].   Ιστορία της Ελλάδας του 20ου Αιώνα, Β1 1922-1240 [History of Greece in the  Twentieth Century, Vol. B1 1922-1940]. Ed. Christos Hadziiosif. Athens:Vivliorama, 2003.

------. “Βόρεια και Νότια Αμερική: οι Ομογενείς στις ΗΠΑ, τον Καναδά, την Λατινική Αμερική” [North and South America: The Greek Diaspora in the U.S., Canada and Latin America]. Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού 1770-2000 [History of Modern Hellenism, 1770-2000]. Vol. 9. Ed. Vasilis Panayotopoulos. Athens: Nea Grammata, 2004. 305-18.

------. “Βόρεια Αμερική: Οι Ελληνικές Κοινότητες στις ΗΠΑ και τον Καναδά” [North America: the Greek Communities in the U.S. & Canada]. Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού 1770-2000 [History of Modern Hellenism, 1770-2000]. Vol. 10. Ed. Vasilis Panayotopoulos. Athens: Nea Grammata, 2004. 297-308.

Kontis, Antonios and Rosetos Fakiolas. “Εννοιολογικές αποσαφηνíσεις” [Concept        Clarification]. Ελληνισμός της Διασποράς, Τόμος Α΄ [The Hellenism of Diaspora, Vol. A]. Eds. Antonios Kontis and Rosetos Fakiolas. Patras: Greek Open University, 2002.

Roudometof, Victor. Globalization and Orthodox Christianity. Routledge, 2013.


c) History and Historiography Scholarship

Kitroeff, Alexander. “Ο Τύπος ως Πηγή για την Ιστορία των Ελλήνων στις ΗΠΑ” [The Press as a Source for the History of the Greeks in the United States]. Ο Ελληνικός Τύπος1784 ως σήμερα [The Greek Press Since 1784: Historical & Theoretical Perspectives]. Ed. Loukia Droulia. Athens: INE/EIE, 2005.

------. “Οι Ελληνες στις ΗΠΑ: 1922-1940” [The Greeks in the United States: 1922-1940]. Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού 1770-2000 [History of Modern Hellenism, 1770-2000]. Vol. 7. Ed. Vasilis Panayotopoulos. Athens: Nea Grammata, 2004. 323-60.

-------. “Greek-American Ethnicity, 1919-1939.” To Hellenikon, Studies in Honor of Speros Vryonis, Jr. Vol. II. Eds. Jelisaveta Stanojevich Allen et al. New York: Caratzas, 1993. 353-71.

Pomonis, Katherine. Uncovering the History of the Albuquerque Greek Community, 1880-1952. Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 2012.

Why did Greeks in the late 1800s cross a sea, an ocean and a continent, to start new lives in the United States? Why did they eventually migrate to a small dusty town in the desert Southwest? How did Albuquerque become a center of Greek-America in the 1930s? And how did the decision to build the church in 1944 in the Huning Highland originate from a tragic event? Uncovering the History of the Albuquerque Greek Community: New Voices of New Mexico answers these questions and more. This book also details the compassionate response of the community to the appearance of Greek lungers seeking the cure to the ravages of tuberculosis, and traces the decision to establish in 1937 in Albuquerque the Nation’s only Greek-American tuberculosis sanatorium sponsored by the AHEPA. This book begins with the first Greeks coming, at the turn of the Nineteenth Century, to Albuquerque with the railroad. It details how they began immigrating to the town in large numbers after the First World War, and shows how, by the 1920’s, these indomitable men owned and operated numerous businesses in the heart of new Albuquerque. It also shows how their brides made their own unique contribution by transforming the Greek population into a community. They assimilated into the United States and contributed to Albuquerque's ethnic and cultural diversity. This country gave them opportunity, and in turn, they gave their best.

Identity and Immigration 

Kitroeff Alexander. “Η Ελληνο-Αμερικανική Πολιτισμική Ταυτότητα την Δεκαετία του 1990” [Greek American Cultural Identity in the 1990s]. Eds. Michalis Damanakis et al.      Ιστορία της Νεοελληνικής Διασποράς – Ερευνα και Διδασκαλία [History of the Modern Greek Diaspora Research and Instruction]. Rethymno: University of Crete, 2004. 

------. “Greek American Identity in the 1980s.” Arméniens et Grecs en Diaspora: Approches comparatives. Eds. Eric Bruneau, Ioanis Hassiotis, Martine Hovanessian & Claire Mouradian. Athens: L’École Francaise d’ Athènes, 2007. 

Journals (new category)

Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora

Voices: A Literary Journal of the Voices of Hellenism Literary Society Celebrating Global Hellenism Through Literature [Vol. 1(1), January 2013]
Literature and Poetry

a) Literature

Jenkins, Suzanne. The Greeks of Beaubien Street. North Charleston: CreateSpace, Independent Publishing Platform, 2012.

b) Poetry

Papadopoulos, Stephanos. The Black Sea. Rhinebeck: Sheep Meadow Press, 2012.

The Black Sea explores the historic "great catastrophe" of the Pontic Greeks of Asia Minor in the 1920s through a series of "sonnet-monologues" or voices from the past. Priests, prostitutes, soldiers, and a bizarre cast of characters move through this poetic reimagining of a tragic chapter in Greece’s history. Based on the author's own family history, as well a fictitious retelling of scenes from the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the poems in this book jump from the tragic to the humorously absurd, and focus on the very human folly of war, suffering and exile. Intrigued by the idea of an "inherited memory of war" and a series of old family photographs, the author set off on a motorcycle trip of the southern Black Sea, exploring the old Greek villages and monasteries of the Pontic Greeks and travelling across the same landscapes still inhabited by the ghosts of Strabo, Xenophon and Alexander the Great.

c) Literature and Poetry Scholarship

Rentzou, Effie. “Stranger in the City: Self and Urban Space in the Work of Nicolas Calas.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 26.2 (2008): 283-309.

Politics and Ethnicity

Kitroeff Alexander. Ο Ρόλος του Ελληνο-Αμερικανικού Λόμπι στην Εξωτερική Πολιτική των ΗΠΑ” [The Role of the Greek American Lobby in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1992-2001]. Σύγχρονη Ελληνική Εξωτερική Πολιτική: Μια Συνολική Προσέγγιση [Con-temporary Greek Foreign Policy: A Comprehensive Approach]. Ed. Panayotis Tsakonas. Athens: Sideris, 2003.

Resource Portal

Greek Canadian History Project: The Library Archives at York University are making the transition from the old 

to the new website: