Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Greek American Resource Portal–2017 Update

Compiled by Yiorgos Anagnostou

Dissertations and Theses

Karpathakis Anna. 1993. Sojourners and Settlers, Greek Immigrants of Astoria, New York. Ph.D. Dissertation. New York City, Columbia University.

Soumakis, Fevronia K. 2015. A Sacred Paideia: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Immigration, and Education in New York City, 1959–1979. PhD Dissertation, Teachers College.

This dissertation examines the role the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America played in shaping Greek education in New York City during the period 1959-1979. Beginning in 1959, when Archbishop Iakovos was appointed as the fourth Archbishop by the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Archdiocese focused its attention on expanding and modernizing educational institutions. The Archbishop advocated for a “resurrection of a Greek Orthodox consciousness” in education that would instill knowledge of the Greek language, as well as the historical, cultural, and religious legacy of the Greek Orthodox nation. As parish communities in New York City and the new wave of Greek immigrants heeded the call to build and expand parochial schools over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, the Archdiocese’s Department of Education also sought to modernize its curriculum and books, in addition to the challenging task of upgrading the teacher training program at St. Basil’s Academy. Modernization, however, did not entail assimilation and a diminishing of Hellenism, but a renewal of a Hellenic Orthodox identity within a religiously and ethnically pluralistic society. In part, several factors influenced the educational agenda of the Archdiocese: the historical position of the Church in relation to education, the needs of the new immigrants within the broader context of Greek Americans in the US, and the politics of Greece in relation to Cyprus and Turkey. This study ends in 1979 when shifts in demographics, declining enrollments, and competition with public schools compelled the Archdiocese and parish communities to reassess the future of their educational programs. This work weaves the Greek American immigrant experience into the broader narrative of immigration to New York in the post-1965 period. A more complex and dynamic portrait of Greek American education in New York emerges as well as the central role played by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. The insights from this work contribute the Greek American educational experience to the larger body of scholarship on the history of education in the United States.

Ψαρρής, Θωμάς Α., 2015. «Από τη διασπορά στη «diaspora»: ο ελληνισμός της Αμερικής και ο ρόλος του στη διαμόρφωση της αμερικανικής εξωτερικής πολιτικής από το 1975 μέχρι σήμερα.» [From the greek word 'διασπορά' to 'diaspora': the Greeks living in America and their role in the formation of the American foreign policy from 1975 till the present day]. Διπλωματική εργασία - Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο. Τμήμα Διεθνών και Ευρωπαϊκών Σπουδών [http://pandemos.panteion.gr/index.php?op=record&type=0&q=%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%B1%CF%83%CF%80%CE%BF%CF%81%CE%AC&page=1&scope=0&lang=el&pid=iid:14079].

Σκοπός της παρούσας εργασίας είναι να καταδείξει τη συνδρομή της ελληνικής διασποράς στη διαμόρφωση της αμερικανικής εξωτερικής πολιτικής, όσον αφορά τα ελληνικά ζητήματα, μετά το 1975 και τελικά, φτάνοντας στο σήμερα, κατά πόσο θα εξακολουθήσει να επηρεάζει τη διαμόρφωση της στο μέλλον, δεδομένο ότι διάφοροι παράγοντες, που σχετίζονται με την ομογένεια, έχουν χαλιναγωγήσει τη δράση της και αναστείλει την πορεία της.

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to show the contribution of the Greeks living in America in the formation of the American foreign policy as far as the Greek issues after 1975 are concerned. Furthermore, it aims at highlighting whether the foreign policy of America will continue to be influenced in the future since a variety of factors that have to do with the Americans of Greek descent have manipulated its action and suspended its course.


a) Documentaries

Ludlow: Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War [Ludlow, Οι Έλληνες στους Πολέμους του Άνθρακα]. 2016. Leonidas Vardaros Director, Frosso Tsouka Researcher. Apostolis Berbedes Non-Profit. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5865450/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl


Journal of Modern Hellenism, Special issue

• Georgakas, Dan. 2016. “Introduction.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 1–3.

• Saltz, Barbara. 2016. “The Greek American Image in American Film: Creation of a Filmography.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 4–10.

• Georgakas, Dan. 2016. “From ‘Other’ to ‘One of Us’: The Changing Image of Greek Americans in American Film: 1943-1963.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32.11-30.

• Katsan, Gerasimus. 2016. “The Hollywood Films of Irene Papas.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 31–44.

• Giallelis, Stathis. 2016. “Before and Beyond America America.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 45–53.

• Thomopoulos, Elaine. 2016. “And the Winner is Olympia Dukakis.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 54–65.

• Kalogeras, Yiorgos. 2016. “Working Through and Against Convention: The Hollywood Carer of A.I. Bezzerides.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 66–81.

• Yiannias James Vicki. 2016. Creating Images for Hollywood Classics. Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 82–95.

• Lagos G. Taso. 2016. “Forgotten Movie Theater Pioneer: Alexander Pantages and Immigrant Hollywood.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 96–114.

• Karalis Vrasidas. 2016. “John Cassavetes and the Uneasy Conformism of the American Middle Class.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 115–128.

• Jacques, Geoffrey. 2016. “Promises, Trust, Betrayal: The Art of Elia Kazan.” Journal of Modern Hellenism 32. 129–157.

d) Film Reviews

Kalogeropoulos, Householder. 2009. My Life in Ruins. Hellenic Communication Service. June 18. http://www.helleniccomserve.com/mylifeinruins.html.


Kaliambou, Maria. 2016. Oi ekdoseis ton Karpathion metanaston stin Ameriki. [Publications by Karpathian immigrants in America]. Karpathos and Folklore. Fourth International Congress of Karpathian Folklore (Karpathos, May 8-12, 2013), Athens. Pp. 425–442 (in Greek).

Globalization, Transnationalism, Diaspora

Roudometof, Victor and Anna Karpathakis. 2002. “Greek Americans and Transnationalism: Religion, Class and Community.” Communities Across Borders: New Immigrants and Transnational Cultures. Eds. Paul Kennedy and Victor Roudometof, 41­­­­–54. London: Routledge.
b) Reviews

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2017. Review of Anastasia Christou and Russell King, Counter-Diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns “Home.” Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press (2014). Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 35.1 (Spring): 252–57.

Kitroeff, Alexander. 2016. Review of Λίνα Βεντούρα και Λάμπρος Μπαλτσιώτης, editors, Το έθνος πέρα των συνόρων: «Ομογενειακές» πολιτικές του ελληνικού κράτους

Greek American Canon

Saloutos, Theodore. 1964. The Greeks in the United States. Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press.

Greek American Studies

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2017. “The Transformation of Greek America.” Bridge. March 9. https://bridge.fairead.net/anagnostou-transformation.

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2017. “Building Bridges, Probing Intersections.” Bridge. February 18. https://bridge.fairead.net/anagnostou-building-bridges

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2016. On Greek America, Greek American Studies and the Diasporic Perspective as Syncretism and Hybridity. Rethinking Greece. August 1.

Greek Orthodoxy

Karpathakis, Anna. 1994. “‘Whose Church is it Anyway?’ Greek Immigrants of Astoria, New York and their Church.” Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora 20 (1): 97–122.

Matsoukas, George. 2008. “A Church in Captivity: The Greek Orthodox Church of America.” iUniverse.
It is a disconcerting fact that decisions for Orthodox Christians living in North America are currently dictated by interests of foreign governments and patriarchates, all which contribute to spiritual indifference among the faithful. This collection of essays explores the loss of autonomy and unification within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and offers ways to create an all-encompassing church that respects cultures and philosophies. George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity in West Palm Beach, Florida and an active member of his local parish, diocese, and archdiocese, chronologically presents personal essays that respond to regression in the life of the church during a seven-year period. He encourages constructive change through effective communication and a partnership between the church and the laity, ultimately resulting in a church that is able to meet the spiritual needs of all its members.

Saloutos, Theodore. 1973. “The Greek Orthodox Church in the United States and Assimilation.” The International Migration Review Winter 7 (4): 395–407.


c) History and Historiography Scholarship

Καρπόζηλος, Κωστής. 2016. Κόκκινη Αμερική. Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης.

Identity & Immigration

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2017. “Norms, Vulnerabilities, Paradoxes: Greeks and MTV.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 35(1): 155–179.

Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2017. “Citizenship and Entrepreneurship: Greek America as Diaspora at a Time of Crisis,” Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity. Ed. Dimitris Tziovas, 107–132. I.B. Tairus Publishers.

Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Marcia. 2017. “Immigration of Jews from Ioannina to the United States.” AHIF Policy Journal, Volume 8: Spring. https://ahiworld.org/AHIFpolicyjournal/pdfs/Volume8Spring/11_Ikonomopoulos.pdf

The diversity in Greek culture is often ignored when scholars talk about immigration patterns and the nature of the Greek Diaspora. Looking at a specific region illustrates some of the nuances involved in mass immigration.

Καλογεράς, Γιώργος. 2007. «Εθνοτικές γεωγραφίες: Κοινωνικο-πολιτισμικές ταυτίσεις μίας μετανάστευσης.» Κατάρτι.

Petrakis, Leonidas. 2017. “Defending and Advancing Hellenic Values and Interests.” Bridge. March 9. https://bridge.fairead.net/petrakis-defending

Papanikolas, Zeese. 2017. “Confessions of a Hyphenated Greek.” Bridge. March 28.

Lipsitz, George. 2007. “How Johnny Veliotis Became Johnny Otis.” Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora 33(1&2): 81–104.


Anonymous. 2017. “How a Half-Greek Father Taught his Quarter-Greek Daughter to Speak Greek Fairly Fluently in the American Midwest.” Bridge. March 18. https://bridge.fairead.net/half-greek-father

Hantzopoulos, Marina. 2005. “English only? Greek language as currency in Queens, New York City.” Languages, Communities, and Education. (pp. 3-8). Ed. Zeena Zakharia and Tammy Arnstein, 3–8. Society for International Education: Teachers College, Columbia University. https://www.tc.columbia.edu/international-and-transcultural-studies/international-and-comparative-education/student-resources/iedcie-related-student-organizations/SIEVolume3Languages.pdf

Koliussi, Lukia 2004. “Identity Construction in Discourse: Gender Tensions among Greek Americans in Chicago.” In Ethnolinguistic Chicago: Language and Literacy in the City’s Neighborhoods. Ed. by Marcia Farr, 103–106. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Literature and Poetry
c) Poetry

Kindinger, Evangelia. 2015. “Living Separation: Xenitia in Contemporary Poetry of the Greek Diaspora.” Recovery and Transgression: Memory in American Poetry. Ed. Cornelia Freitag, 187–207. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Τρούσας, Φώντας. 2016. «Ο Θεοδόσης Άθας είναι ο στιχουργός του “Τζακ Ο’ Χάρα,” που είπε κάποτε ο Ζαμπέτας.» Δεκέμβριος 23. http://www.lifo.gr/articles/music_articles/126592

d) Poetry – Reviews

Rakopoulos, Theodoros. 2016. “The Poetics of Diaspora: Greek US Voices.” Review Essay. Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 34(1): 161–167.

e) Literature and Poetry Scholarship
Patrona, Theodora D. 2017. Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late-Twentieth-Century Greek American and Italian American Literature. Madison, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Music and Song

Archival resource: Greece Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture, Compiled by Vivy Niotis. [collection of folk songs in Greek America, audios of liturgies] http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Greece.html

Oral History
Ottoman Greeks of the United States (OGUS): The Acropolis and the Madonna – A Case Study of Refugee Deportation from the United States. 2017 (January 13th)

Politics and Ethnicity

Lalaki, Despina. 2017. “From Plato to NATO 2,500 Years of Democracy and The End of History.” AHIF Policy Journal, Volume 8: Spring. https://ahiworld.org/AHIFpolicyjournal/pdfs/Volume8Spring/10_Lalaki.pdf

On the occasion of his recent visit to Greece, President Barack Obama’s remarks – protracted echoes of familiar pronouncements about the end of history and ideological evolution, endorsements of laissez-faire economics and the individual freedom that our Western democracies purportedly serve – not unexpectedly were uttered against a background of Doric columns and numerous invocations to the ancients. Appropriately if rather predictably, President Obama drew from history and stressed the strong connections between his country and his host, emphasizing the political culture shared between Greece and the United States. What caught my attention, however, was the American President’s explicit reference to President Truman, whom he briefly quoted from his famous 1947 speech in the Congress, a speech that encapsulated the post-war US foreign policy of containment and became known as the Truman Doctrine.

Politics and Ethnicity

a) Debates (new category)

Greek America and President Elect Donald Trump

• Anagnostou, Yiorgos. 2016. Whose Greek America? Chronos #43. 26 November.

• Kitroeff, Alexander. 2016. “There Are Progressive Views Of America; Let Them Be Heard.” Chronos #44. December 5. https://chronos.fairead.net/kitroeff-greek-amerika

• Papanikolas, Zeese. 2016. “Comments on Yiorgos Anagnostou.” Chronos #43. November 30. https://chronos.fairead.net/election16-papanikolas-comments

Blogs and Resource Portals

a) Blogs

STLGreeks. https://stlgreeks.wordpress.com/

This is a blog dedicated to the early history of the Greeks in Saint Louis, MO.

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