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.

Upcoming Event

Sarah DerbewSarah 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...


Current Exhibition

BlackClassicists.thumbBlack Classicists | Fifteen Portraits

From Spring until Fall of 2018, the Center for Hellenic Studies will showcase fifteen 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

CHS Columns5000 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...


DimitriJazz_thumbDimitri 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...


fawkes-thumbLandscapes 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...


sappho-focus-fig1From 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...


chsmainpillars.jpgCHS Research Symposium

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the biannual research symposium took place, featuring six presentations by the fall 2016 fellows. Read More...


sappho-focus-fig1Micro-Monuments Exhibition

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 …


sappho-focus-fig1 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 …


LastWordsFilmcoverThe 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 … 


El GrecoThe 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...


sappho-focus-fig1Micro-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...


sappho-focus-fig1 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 … 


sappho-focus-fig1 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 …


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