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Hellenic Studies Unit

Hellenic Studies Unit

The Hellenic Studies Unit was established by a committee of professors, students, and staff. In the past two decades three important events took place at Concordia that brought forth the need for its creation.

  • First, more students of Hellenic descent have chosen to study at Concordia.
  • Second, a strong Hellenic Student Association, engaged in several educational and cultural activities, was founded at Concordia.
  • Third, the Hellenic Students Association of the University decided to raise funds and to support the offering of various classes and seminars in Modern Greek Studies (mostly in the areas of Modern Greek language, history, literature, and culture). Since its inception, the number of such highly demanded activities continues to increase annually.

Responding to these developments, the University's professors of Hellenic descent decided to support and formalize these events. A committee of professors, students, and staff was formed and established the foundation for the development of the Hellenic Studies Unit, under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and in close collaboration with the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics and the Center for International Academic Cooperation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Hellenic Studies Unit and the Hellenic Community offer scholarships and bursaries for students enrolled in courses in the Hellenic Studies elective group. For more information, please consult the list of academic activities for the current year.


The Hellenic Studies Unit strives to meet its objectives by

  1. offering courses and seminars in Hellenic Studies;
  2. conducting colloquia and special lectures; and
  3. offering workshops, performances, and exhibits on various aspects of Hellenic culture.

The objectives of the Unit, as they are stated in the bylaws are as follows:

  • To advance Hellenic Studies (Ancient, Byzantine, and Neohellenic) in the University for both the students of Hellenic descent and all others interested in the field;

  • To preserve, develop, and perpetuate Hellenic culture in general, which includes language, literature, and the Arts, in collaboration with similar programs in other Montreal universities;

  • To collaborate with existing programs, institutions, and centers of Hellenic Studies in the Greater Montreal Area, for the creation of an Inter-university Institute of Hellenic Studies;

  • To serve as a center for the creation and dissemination of information and literary sources on Hellenic Studies;

  • To establish firm relationships, cooperation, and exchanges with universities and educational institutions in Greece;

  • To facilitate, encourage, and promote research activities on issues related to Hellenic culture, in general, and the Hellenic-Canadian communities, in particular;

  • To organize symposia, colloquia, and conferences on various aspects of Hellenic civilization;

  • To establish, organize, and promote Hellenic cultural workshops, performances, and events, such as dance, theater, concerts, poetry readings, film festivals, art exhibits, etc.; and

  • To engage in any and all other activities as may be deemed necessary or expedient for the better realization of any of the previous purposes and objectives of Concordia's Hellenic Studies Unit.

Althought the unit operates as an autonomous entity within the University, it is an academic unit under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Unit is connected with all other Faculties, departments and programs of the University and is headed by a Coordinator who is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

The Hellenic Studies Unit Advisory Committee
Dr. Nikos Metallinos
Professor of Communication Studies
Dr. Paris Arnopoulos
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Mr. Dimitrius Manolakos
Member, President of, Hellenic Canadian Congress
Dr. Lee Katsanis
Member, Marketing
Dr. Ted Stathopoulos Member, Centre for Building Studies
Mr. Nicholas Pagonis
Member, President, Hellenic Community of Montreal
Ms. Emmanuel Lianoudakis President, Concordia University's Hellenic Students Association


Books (Monographs)

  1. Hellenic Studies at Concordia (2000) ISBN 1-895130-11-5
  2. Four Aspects of Hellenism: Language, Politics, Society, and the Arts (2003) ISBN 1-895130-13-1
  3. Byzantium: The Guardian of Hellenism (2003) ISBN 1-895130-15-8
  4. Selected Studies on Nikos Kazantzakis (2005) ISBN 1-895130-18-4
  5. The Hellenic Arts Through the Ages: An Overall View (2006) ISBN 1-895130-19-0
  6. Greece and the Balkans: A Reappraisal (2007) ISBN 1-895130-23-9
  7. Μελετες στα Εργα του Νικου Καζαντζακη (2007) ISBN 1-895130-21-2
  8. Mass Media: Roles, Power, and Responsibilities (2009) ISBN 1-895130-23-10
  9. Academic Preparation of the Instructors of Greek Language and Culture (2010) ISBN 978-0-88947- 495-6
  10. The Contribution of Hellenism to the 21st Century (2011) ISBN 978-0-88947-485-7

Each of these books can be ordered from the Hellenic Studies Unit for $20. Please call 514 276-4770 or e-mail

Videos of the Annual Lecture Series

  1. The Development of the Neohellenic Literature and Arts (Professor Thanasis Maskaleris)
  2. The Role of Byzantine Studies in the Development of the Hellenic Studies Programs in North America (Dr. Stavros Vryonis)
  3. Ancient Greece: Just How Incomplete is Our Picture and How Can We Improve It? (Dr. John Fossey)
  4. Byzantium: The Guardian and Preserver of Hellenism (Dr. Antony Littlewood)
  5. Byzantium as a Multi-ethnic Society (Dr. Angeliki Laiou)
  6. Byzantine Studies Curricula: Past, Present, and Future (Dr. Franziska Shlosser)
  7. The Morphology of the Greek Language (Dr. Angela Ralli)
  8. Social Changes and the Prospect of Hellenism in Canada (Dr. Peter Chimbos)
  9. Greece and the Balkans (Dr. Thanos Veremis)
  10. The Theater of Nikos Kazantzakis (Dr. Kyriaki Petrakou)
  11. The Greek Identity in the Olympic Games (Dr. Alexander Kitroeff)
  12. The Neohellenic Arts: Poetry, Music, Theater (Mr. Yiorgos Chouliaras, Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos, and Dr. Nikos Metallinos)
  13. The Works of Nikos Kazantzakis and Pantelis Prevelakis (Dr. Athena Vouyoukas)
  14. Painting in Greece During the Last 150 Years (Dr. Nicos Hadjinicolaou)
  15. The Survival of the Human Form in the Byzantine Arts (Dr. Lambros Kamberidis)
  16. The Ancient Greek Arts (Dr. Jacques Perreault)
  17. Greek Policy in South Eastern Europe (Dr. Loukianos Hassiotis)
  18. Greece and the Balkan Nations: From Stabilization to Growth (Dr. Dimitris Keridis)
  19. Religion and Security in Southeastern Europe: What Greece Has to Offer (Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou)
  20. Mass Media in Canada: Roles, Powers, and Responsibilities (Dr. Ross Perigoe and Mr. Yiannis Petsilas)
  21. Mass Media in the USA: Roles, Powers, and Responsibilities (Dr. Christopher Sterling)
  22. Mass Media in Europe and in Greece: Roles, Powers, and Responsibilities (Dr. Dimitris Charalambis)
  23. Internet Programs for the Teaching of the Greek Language and Culture (Dr. Andre Gerolymatos)
  24. Teaching the Neighborhood: Integrating Distinct Culture within the Public Schools (Dr. Shirley Steinberg)
  25. Educational Approaches that Enhance the Teaching of Greek Language and Culture (Dr. Harriet Petrakos)
  26. Late Antiquity Heritage and Remaking Antiquity in the Middle Byzantine Peiod (Dr. Christine Angelidis)
  27. Hellenism and the Fashioning of the New Homo Greco Sapiens (Dr. Nikos Poulopoulos)
  28. The Future of Hellenism in the Global Age (Dr. George Kourvetaris)
  29. Hellenism and the Culture of Technology (Dr. John Anton)
  30. The Preservation of Hellenism in Diaspora (Dr. Thanasis Maskaleris)
  31. The Future of Hellenism in the Anglo-saxonic Countries and Prospect of Its Survival in the 21st Century (Dr. George Kourvetaris)
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