Events at the Center for Hellenic Studies
The Center for Hellenic Studies is reimagining its physical space with the aim of opening our doors to wider audiences. In addition to our continued commitment to scholarly research, we are also identifying opportunities to support artistic expression and performance. The emerging result is a series of events designed to celebrate the Classical world in a contemporary context.
|Anthropological Writing as Activism
October 18, 2019. Michael Herzfeld and Manuela Pellegrino will discuss their recent fieldwork in Greece and Italy, and reflect on the challenges of anthropological writing as activism. Participant observation remains the cornerstone of anthropology, while ethnographers practice "observant participation," engaging actively with the very topics they intend to investigate. Herzfeld and Pellegrino will consider longstanding concerns about the objectivity of anthropological studies, and ethical questions about "giving voice," advocacy, and the need to recognize the inherent ideological dimension of anthropological work. Read more...
|EPIC | Illustrations by Gareth Hinds
Fall 2019. This exhibition features watercolor illustrations from Gareth Hinds’s graphic novel adaptations of the epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Hinds uses traditional and digital media to create vivid depictions of the action and emotion in each epic. His dynamic color palettes and careful details differentiate the numerous gods and heroes. Read More...
The Center for Hellenic Studies showcases eighteen portraits of influential black classicists. This historic exhibition celebrates the important role of African Americans in the field of Classics, and provides a unique opportunity to reflect upon the purpose of higher education and its place in the struggle for equality and human enrichment. Read More...
Past Events and Exhibitions
|Delphic Festival Preview
June 20-21, 2019. This preview served as a practicum for bringing forth five days of world-class lectures, intensive workshops, leadership initiatives, round-table discussions and performances, held on the mythical, archaeological grounds of Mount Parnassus, led by renowned scholars, artists and sports specialists on the convergence of the manifold arts, inspired by the venerable tradition of The Delphic Games in the sacred landscape of Delphi. Read more...
|An Africana Bloomsday
June 16, 2019. Howard University and the Center for Hellenic Studies celebrate James Joyce and epic literature with readings and dramatic presentations in conversation with Ulysses and Odysseus. The event will feature students enrolled in “Blacks in Antiquity,” a summer course offered by Professor Herron at Howard University. Read more...
|Nikos Gatsos: Music for a Better Day
May 13, 2019. As part of the European Month of Culture, the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC are hosting a lecture recital about the lyricist and poet, Nikos Gatsos. Read more...
|The Classical is Political
April 24, 2019. From philosophical principles to architectural grandeur, reminders are everywhere that the Classical is fundamentally political in the U.S. Yet activism and advocacy are sometimes viewed as distractions from — or even enemies of — true scholarship. Donna Zuckerberg, Jonathan Hsy, and Caroloine Stark will discuss ways to connect and integrate political action with the Classics. Read more...
|Frank M. Snowden Jr.: A Retrospective and Future Directions
February 15, 2019. A panel discussion with Carolivia Herron, Molly Levine, and Dan-el Padilla Peralta with moderator Caroline Stark Read more...
|Decorating Ancient Greek Vases: Shapes and Scenes
November 15 and 17, 2018. Renowned vase-painter Thanassis Katsaras will demonstrate the step-by-step process of decorating Greek vases from his studio in Eleusis via a live video link. He will provide a brief survey of Greek vase-painting and show how ancient potters painted different types of scenes and worked on different surfaces. Read more...
|Sarah Derbew | Blazing with Blackness: Aithiopians in Herodotus' Histories
October 19, 2018 Blazing with Blackness will examine the geography and literary presence of black people in ancient Greek literature. In particular, Herodotus' description of the Persian-led, Egyptian expedition to Aithiopia (Hdt. 3.17-26) offers telling insight into the cross-cultural connections among non-Greeks. Read more...
|5000 Years of Comments
This two-day conference seeks to bring together specialists and investigators from various fields who are interested in the history of commentary and its study, in its theoretical underpinnings and its effects, and in exploring new forms commentary has taken in the information age. The conference will be live-streamed; to view, visit the webpage. Read More...
|Dimitri Vassilakis Trio and Word Dance Theater at CHS
On May 2, 2018, saxophonist Dimitri Vassilakis performed at the CHS with bassist Essiet Essiet, drummer Sylvia Cuenca, and dancers from Word Dance Theater. Dimitri also commented upon his recent presentation, "Jazz and Democracy,” given at the United Nations-New York. Read More...
|Landscapes of Myth and Memory by Glynnis Fawkes
From November 15, 2017 to February 28, 2018, the Center for Hellenic Studies showcased a series of paintings and drawings by artist Glynnis Fawkes that represent nearly 20 years of work relating to the landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean. The exhibited pieces draw inspiration from both the archaeology and mythology of Greece and Cyprus. Read More...
|From the Depths of the Salt Sea | Paintings and Drawings by Anne Davey
On September 16, 2017, The CHS hosted a closing celebration for the exhibit of paintings and drawings that imagine encounters with the Nereids, the daughters of Nereus, who were divine inhabitants of the sea.. There will be a panel discussion, musical and dance performances, and a reception to follow. Read More...
|CHS Research Symposium
May 27-October 31, 2016. Micro-Monuments showcases 32 small-scale sculptures which explore monuments as a universal idea in art. The exhibit features work by members of the Washington Sculptors Group of Washington, DC. First exhibited at the Salzland Museum in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the exhibit now returns to its city of origin. Read more …
| Donovan | Sapphographs
From December 12, 2015-October 2016, fifteen large-scale pigment prints by prolific songwriter, poet, and musician Donovan were on exhibit in the main hall of the library. Inspired by the lyric poetry of Sappho (7th century BCE), Donovan's “Sapphographs” capture, in visual form, the mythic beauty of this ancient artistic tradition. Read more …
|The Reawakening of an “Extinct” Language: The Case of Cappadocian Greek
On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7pm, the CHS presented a free screening of "Last Words", an award-winning documentary short about the rediscovery of Cappadocian Greek. Linguist-philologist Mark Janse introduced the film. Read more …
|The Enduring Legacy of El Greco | Monumental Works in Toledo and Escorial
On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30pm, Professor Marina Lambraki-Plaka presented select masterpieces of the great Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos ("El Greco") including The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, View of Toledo, and The Disrobing of Christ. Read more...
|Micro-Monuments Gallery Talk with Anne Reeve
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 4pm. This program combined a juror’s talk with the selected artists participating in "Micro-Monuments". This talk allowed artists and the public to connect with Anne Reeve as she reveals her ideas, concepts, and reasons for her curatorial selections. It provided a deeper insight into the connection between the artists’ concepts, how it affects the juror’s choices, and vice versa. Read more...
| Micro-Monuments Workshop | Pillars, Columns, Cornerstones: Verticalism in Arts and Philosophy
The workshop, conducted by Artemis Herber, took place on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 11am–4pm, and offered hands-on activities with discarded, found or ready-made objects, exploring principles of vertical structures as architectural elements throughout history as well as today. Participants will were invited to respond to quotes from philosophers, architects, or anthropologists in order to create their own personal physical small–scale sculptures on site at the Center for Hellenic Studies. Read more …
| Maenads & Muses: A Celebration of the Dances of Isadora Duncan & the Greek Ideal
On Saturday, April 16, 2016 the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Duncan Dance Project brought together the artistic and the scholarly with performances of Isadora Duncan dances as well as discussions on the influence of the Greek aesthetic and philosophy. The program made use of the outdoor spaces around the Center, including the open areas and the courtyard of the library. Read more …