Monday, August 25, 2014

Αντώνης Νταλγκάς _ Της Ξενιτιάς ο Πόνος (1935)

Για σένα κλαίγω μάνα μου γλυκιά kαι υποφέρω μες στην ξενιτιά. Δεν θέλω μάνα ποτέ να κλάψεις, για το παιδί σου κερί ν' ανάψεις.

"Tis Xenitias O Ponos" (The Exile's Grief)) is about loneliness and the condition of having to live in a foreign land, a common theme in rembetika. The melody is from the famous Turkish song called "her yer karanlik", often recorded in both Turkey and Greece from the 20s up to the present day.

This song was probably recorded in Athens 1935 for release in the U.S. ca. 1938. Vocals: A. Dalgas, Lira: Lambros Leondharidis.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Interviews with Famous Greeks – Diamanda Galas

Diamanda Galas

Hailed as one of the most important singers of our time, Diamanda Galαs has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works, as well as her memorable rendition of jazz and blues. A resident of New York City since 1989, she was born to Anatolian and Greek parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano.
Galαs has contributed her voice and music to Francis Ford Coppola's film, Dracula, Oliver Stones' Natural Born Killers, Spanish/Nicaraguan filmmaker Mercedes Moncada Rodriguez's El Immortal (The Immortal), as well as films by Wes Craven, Clive Barker, Derek Jarman, Hideo Nakata, and many others. In 2005, Galas was awarded Italy's first Demetrio Stratos International Career Award. Her much-anticipated CD, Guilty Guilty Guilty, a compilation of tragic and homicidal love songs, was released by Caroline in the U.S. and MUTE UK worldwide on April 1, 2008; You're My Thrill, will be released in 2009.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Phyllis P. Chock, Professor Emerita

A pioneer and one of the most sophisticated anthropologists of Greek America. A heart-felt thank you!

Congratulations to Dr. Phyllis Chock
 on her retirement after teaching at CUA since 1971. She served six years as department chair, as many as editor of the Anthropological Quarterlyand, as president of the Anthropological Society of Washington, organized a year-long symposium that resulted in a volume she edited (with June Wyman) on Discourse and the Social Life of Meaning, published by the Smithsonian Press in 1986.
Over the years, her research focus moved from expressions of ethnicity among Greek-Americans to cultural constructions of citizen and alien in path-breaking work on Congressional testimony which contributed to the revaluation of "ethnicity" and "identity" in American anthropology now incorporated into the US Census. At CUA, Dr. Chock supervised dissertation projects from New Guinea to Africa to the US and taught courses from theory and method to linguistic anthropology, including immensely popular courses on gender, cultures in a global world, and identity in America.
The Undergraduate Student Government recognized that achievement with their James E. Dornan Memorial teacher of the year award in 2004, and on her retirement the department presented her an antique Chinese bowl of appropriately ambiguous provenance along with our genuine thanks for her unambiguous contributions.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Contours of White Ethnicity _ Roundtable Discussion

Ο διάλογος για το Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America (Ohio University Press, 2009) είναι τώρα διαθέσιμος. Τρείς ακαδημαϊκοί σχολιάζουν από την σκοπιά των Ιταλοαμερικανικών σπουδών, και από την πλευρά μου απαντώ. (Σημείωση, το βιβλίο είναι υπό μετάφραση από τις εκδόσεις Νήσος. Μεταφράστρια, the very accomplished, Πελαγία Μαρκέτου)

The roundtable discussion of Contours of White Ethnicity is now available for free, thanks to the generosity of the Italian American Review!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Greeks Gone West _ Of Greeks and Greek Americans

H «Καθημερινή» παρουσιάζει το αφιέρωμα της αμερικανικής πρεσβείας στην Αθήνα σε 23 Έλληνες και Ελληνοαμερικανούς που έκαναν το ελληνικό όνειρο να ανθίσει.

“Greeks Gone West” is a series of video vignettes the US Embassy in Athens made about the world of work in the US. Through the prism of Greeks and Greek-Americans with interesting work lives, we hope to improve the understanding of US society and to show possibilities during a time, in Greece, when life seems full of limitations and frustrations.

Each video is roughly three minutes long and addresses how each of the 23 participants came to do what they do, whether a music supervisor, a film director, an HIV doctor, a restaurateur, an advertising guru, fashion designer and several other people, and what they plan to do next. We hear about their experiences and relations with Greece, but mainly we hear how they've pushed through the toughest parts of their journey. We plan to profile a pathologist, a music producer, a fashion designer, a chef, a video game designer, and several other people.

For an overview,

For a list of interviews,