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A Note from the Director

Greetings from Princeton's Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies. As you’ll see in the articles below, it was a busy spring on campus, with parallel activity at the Princeton Athens Center. 
Congratulations to Rafail Zoulis, who was named the Class of 2019 salutatorian. Zoulis was a classics major who received a certificate in Hellenic studies. Six other undergraduates also earned certificates in Hellenic studies this year.

This spring, we offered 15 undergraduate and 6 graduate courses with very strong enrollments, as well as a wealth of events on campus. If you’re in or near the Princeton area, we encourage you to join us.
You can keep in touch with us by visiting our website — — and following us on our new Facebook page

I hope you will enjoy the feature stories below. 

-Dimitri Gondicas ’78, Director, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


People and Programs

Rafail Zoulis named Class of 2019 salutatorian 

Zoulis, an Athens native, concentrated in classics and received certificates in Hellenic studies, humanistic studies and medieval studies.

Greek students glean insights from a week spent at Princeton

The Seeger Center co-sponsored EduTrip, an initiative that brings Greek undergraduates to the US for a week of experiences such as auditing courses and meeting students, faculty and local business leaders.

Class Snapshot: Global Mediterranean

The class explored the cultural and material exchanges between Greeks and the world in modern times. During spring break, students traveled to Athens to experience these exchanges firsthand.

CCHRI: An Interdisciplinary Exploration Of Environmental History

In March, the Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI) convened at the Princeton Athens Center. 

The New Yorker’s Comma Queen Mary Norris Discusses Her Encounters With The Greek Language

Mary Norris, an author and copy editor for the New Yorker, came to Princeton to discuss her new book “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.”

Graduate student research exemplifies close ties between Hellenic and Near Eastern studies 

Dan Fields and Kutay Onayli are graduate students in Near Eastern Studies whose research projects dovetail into Hellenic studies. 

"Let Me Tell You a Story" 

Members of the Hellenic Studies community participated in a concert titled “Let Me Tell You a Story.”

Alumnus Profile: Nikos Michailidis *16

Michailidis, a graduate alumnus who earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology in 2016, returned to Princeton for the 2018-19 academic year as a lecturer in Hellenic studies and anthropology. 

Exhibits and Collections

From Expedition To Exhibition: Princeton’s Mount Athos Collection

Julia Gearheart and Maria Alessia Rossi share their research findings about the expedition and its members, the collection’s incredible discovery story, and the plans for the future of the Mount Athos collection.

1640 portolan navigational chart of the Mediterranean Sea

Drawn in Sicily, this portolan chart lays out sailing routes between many of the major and smaller ports in the Mediterranean.

It was shown in spring 2019's Welcome Additions exhibition, the first in the new Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery. It is also available for digital consultation in Princeton's digital collections.
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