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Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Fall 2016 Classes

GRKST 100- Modern Greek Culture and Civilization
CODE 44139 Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Location TBA
Prof. Christos P. Ioannides
This course will examine the main characterisitics of Greek culture from the post-Byzantine era to the present. We will discuss the major ideological trends and the dynamics that led to the emergence of modern Greek identity and the formation of the modern Greek State, including the world of literature, music and the arts in general.
ARTH 200- Medieval Jerusalem
CODE 45383 Tues & Thurs 10:00-12:50 pm
Credits 3 Klapper 403
Prof. Warren Woodfin
Many medieval maps placed Jerusalem at the center of the world. This course will explore the monuments of this city, sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and the impact that the art and architecture of Jerusalem has had beyond the walls of the city itself. Aside from being the sacred city of Judaism and the site of the Temple until 70 C.E., Jerusalem was the incubator of important innovations in Christian architecture under Constantine the Great (r. 306-337 C.E.). In the seventh century it became the site of some of the first monumental architecture of Islam, notably the Dome of the Rock. Throughout the Middle Ages, innumerable pilgrims traveled to Jerusalem with artistic ideas from their own lands, and brought back holy relics, works of art, and reports of what they had seen at the holy sites. The class will trace the history of the city from the first centuries of the Christian era, through the Islamic conquests of the city in 637, the Crusades and their aftermath, and the imitation of the sacred landscape of the city elsewhere.
The course will also feature class visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s special exhibition, "Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven," offering the chance to study works of art from medieval Jerusalem at first hand.
GRKMD 41W- Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 41846 Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B
Surveys Modern Greek literature in translation from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The authors and their works are examined not only for their individual stylistic and thematic elements but also within the context of European literary and cultural movements.
Writing Intensive..
GRKMD 112- Elementary Modern Greek II
CODE 41847 Tues & Thurs 10:05-11:55 am
Credits 4   Queens Hall 245B
Prof. Gerasimus Katsan
Prereq.: GRKMD 111 or equivalent, or permission of the department. A continuation of GRKMD 111. Grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills, speaking and listening comprehension will be developed.
GRKMD 204- Intermediate Modern Greek II
CODE 41850  Tues & Thurs 12:15-1:30 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 350F
Prof. Gerasimus Katsan
Prereq. GrKMD 203 or permission of the department. A continuation of GRKMD 203. Grammar review, conversation, composition, and readings in literary and cultural materials. Selections from prose and poetry.
GRKMD 223- Modern Greek Conversation
CODE 41851 Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:25 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B
Prereq. GRKMD 112 or permission of the department. For students who have an elementary knowledge of Modern Greek and wish to improve their ability to converse. Recommended especially for students in GRKMD 203/204.
GRKMD 335- Modern Greek Studies: The Novel 
CODE 41852 Mon & Wed 9:15-1:30 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 350F
Prof. Gerasimus Katsan
**Cross-listed as CMLIT 336-Forms of Fiction CODE 42428**
The development of the form of the novel in Greece, including texts ranging from the nineteenth century to the present. Discussion will entail the aesthetic features of individual works and relate them to larger literary movements and social, cultural, historical contexts.
**Taught in English**
HIST 210- Byzantine Empire, 1025-1453
CODE 42039 Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:25 pm
Credits 3   Kiely 417
Prof. Warren Woodfin
This course will study the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire from 1025, when the emperor Basil II died, to 1453 when the city fell to the armies of the Ottoman Turks. Through a combination of primary sources and secondary literature our goal is to address and comprehend several aspects (historical, social, artistic) of this unique political entity.
URBST 255- Ethnic Community Politics in the Unites States: The Case of the Greek Americans
CODE 40998 Tues & Thurs 10:45-12:00 pm
Credits 3   Location TBA
Prof. Christos P. Ioannides
This course will examine the role of the ethnic communities in American politics focusing on Greek Americans. The role of ethnicity in politics will be viewed in the context of broader social, cultural and political phenomena. Etnic lobbies, including the Greek lobby, will be discussed in the framework of state and national politics and in conjunction with the role of Congress in foreign policy. The sources of poilticization of the Greek American community will be analyzed with the emphasis on the 1974 Cyprus crisis and the assertive role of Congress, at the time, in influencing U.S. foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey, Cyprus).
CODE 44141 **Hours to be announced**
Credits 3 
-Upper Junior or Senior status required-
For more information please contact 
The Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies 
by phone at: (718)997-4520













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