CHS & University of Peloponnese

CHS GR has developed a continuous and evolving cooperation with the University of Peloponnese, aiming to support both institutions’ educational and cultural activities. Our goal is to further expand this cooperation in the future as has been the case during previous years.


Department of Theatre Studies

The Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece has closely collaborated with the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Peloponnese (UOP), since the Harvard station’s establishment in Nafplio in 2008. The University of Peloponnese and its Department of Theatre Studies has contributed among other institutions in the planning and implementation of the CHS GR Events Series. Throughout the years, professors of the department have been holding sessions of their class in “Research methodology” at the Center. Undergraduates have also attended the Center’s Digital Library Program, which has been adapted to their field of study and academic background. They have been regular users of the digital library for their research papers.

Also a number of events have been planned with the support of both institutions as a result of their fruitful cooperation, such as:

University of Peloponnese Internships

Since 2011 the Center has enabled undergraduates from the Department of Theatre Studies to pursue their internships (a department requirement) in the Digital Library of the Iatrou Building. Interns work with their department supervisors and CHS GR staff in carrying out thesis research and other course projects. Students also prepare bibliographies, which are made available to fellow students and professors for teaching and research in the department. 

Past Joint Activities

The 1st Panhellenic Symposium for Authors from the Argolid – “Argolid, the place of co-writing”

The 1st Panhellenic Symposium for Authors from the Argolid, organized by the Postgraduate Program of the Department of Theatre Studies was held under the auspices of CHS GR and took place in March, April and May 2016. On the occasion of the Symposium, multiple special events, lectures, and writing workshop sessions all over the Argolis region were held contributing to the success of the Symposium. CHS GR actively contributed in an assortment of activities in the context of the Symposium.

  • A very successful workshop on the art of prose was organized in April 2016 at the CHS GR with the well-known author Stratis Haviaras, as a coordinator, whose region of origin is Argolis as well. Mr. Haviaras worked intensively with the 12 participants, who were selected from a large pool of candidates from throughout Greece.

  • CHS GR Director, Ioannis Petropoulos gave a lecture on the topic «Μουσάων Ελικωνιάδων αρχώμεθ’ αείδειν» - “From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing” at the Symposium’s main events in Nafplio and in Kranidi.

  • CHS GR in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnese and the Progressive Association of Nafplio "Palamedes" co-organized a tribute in commemoration of the renowned Nafpliot poet Nikos Karouzos “Karouzos inspires us”. Fernanda Lemos de Lima, Professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Luciana Póvoa de Almeida Silva, Professor in the free program of Modern Greek Studies at the same university, Dora Menti, Professor of Modern Greek Literature at the Hellenic Open University and Professor of Secondary Education as well as the author Stratis Haviaras, who translated and published his poetry in poetry journals in the US, Aris Vetoulis, a physician, and Yiorgos Patrinios, a poet who were acquainted with Nikos Karouzos, were the invited speakers.

  • In addition, CHS GR in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Studies and the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, organized in Nafplio a lecture by Rob Roznowski, Scholar of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, Associate Professor of Acting, Artistic Director and Head of Acting and Directing at Michigan State University, in the “Leda Tassopoulou” hall in the department. The topic of the lecture was “Playwriting”. Professor Roznowski also offered a workshop for the department of Theatre Studies students on “Overcoming the psychological barriers during the acting process”.

An event to honor World Poetry Day

Held in 2013 by the CHS and the Department, the event offered the opportunity to students to write and read poetry while having productive discussions with the CHS and the Department’s academics.

“Drama therapy and play therapy in the world. Commonalities, syntheses, synergies”

In 2013, the 3rd International Conference in Drama Therapy and Play Therapy was held in Nafplio and Epidaurus, organized by the Department of Theatre Studies together with other partners and supported by the CHS that acted as a host for a number of the conference’s sessions on-site.

The Aquila Theater of New York

A collaboration between the Department and the Aquila Theater launched in July 2011 when the troupe held rehearsals in the amphitheater. Two very significant productions were realized under the direction of the NYU Professor, Peter Meineck, namely Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” performed in the United States during 2011–2012 and Euripides’ “Hercules” the following year, at the Kakogiannis Foundation in Athens and the summer cultural festival of Cyclades. The students from the Department of Theatre had the unique opportunity to follow the rehearsals daily and attend workshops, thus enriching their knowledge and experience in this specific field.

The Sappho Fest

The Sappho Fest is a unique colloquium for the researchers and friends of Sappho that has been held twice so far, in Greece and in the United States respectively. Held in the summer of 2010 in Greece, professors and students from the Department of Theatre Studies were invited and given the unique opportunity to present a dance performance during the colloquium's closing ceremony.


Department of Computer Science and Technology

CHS in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science and Technology of the University of Peloponnese, hosted the “IEEEXtreme” annual international programming competition for undergraduate students in October 2012. The innovative competition lasted for 24 hours, during which time all the students together with their proctor used the Center’s resources.