Monday, February 24, 2014

In the Making: A New Journal on Greek America

New gift enhances Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, at SF State:

February 21, 2014 --

SF State’s Center for Modern Greek Studies will expand its academic programs and outreach thanks to a donation from the Modern Greek Studies Foundation. Foundation officials, including former president George Konstantopoulos, visited campus Thursday to present an $80,000 check to Robert J. Nava, vice president for University Advancement.

Support from the Foundation has been instrumental in allowing SF State’s Center for Modern Greek Studies to promote the study of Greek language, literature, history and culture. In 1983, the Foundation’s endowment created the Nikos Kazantzakis chair, which supports the Center's academic programs and outreach.

Thursday’s donation will help the Center establish an online academic journal, “The Journal of Greek American and Transnational Studies.” Professor and Director of the Center for Modern Greek Studies Martha Klironomos will serve as co-editor. The inaugural issue is anticipated for fall 2015.

“This will be a peer-reviewed journal focused on issues relating to the literature, culture and history of Greek immigrants and Greek-Americans,” said Klironomos.  “We want to highlight work being done by scholars in Greek-American studies and research concerned with the Greek diaspora.”

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-- Gianna Devoto

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