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Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Fall 2018 Classes

GRKST 102 - The Greek American Community
CODE 53207 - Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Location TBA
Prof. Ioannides

This course will study the Greek experience in America since the early 1900's. We will examine the patterns of settlement around the US, the main Greek American institutions (family, church, schools, fraternal and local associations), upward social mobility and Greek Americans in arts and culture; we will also discuss the cross-currents of assimilation and Greek identity maintenance and the effect of digital communications/social media. Special emphasis will be given to the sources of politicization of the Greek American community (e.g. the 1974 Cyprus crisis) and the role of Greek Americans in politics.

GRKST 101 - Introduction to Byzantine Culture and Civilization
CODE 53197 - Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Klapper 401
Prof. Woodfin

Just as the city of Constantinople-modern Istanbul-straddles two continents, so the Byzantine Empire (324-1453 C.E.) has been seen as a bridge between cultures. Chronologically, its span links Antiquity to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, while its geography positions it between Western Europe and the Islamic world. This course will introduce the political, social, and religious history of Byzantium through a number of key texts and monuments. Through the lens of these documents, we will explore the contributions of Byzantium in the fields of religion, literature, art, architecture, and music. Over the course of the semester, students should gain a fundamental understanding of the underpinnings of Byzantine civilization and an overview of its political and artistic achievements.

*** Cross-Listed with HIST 150 - CODE 48872 ***
​ARTH 200 - Studies in the History of Art: Arts of the Later Byzantine Empire, 843-1453
CODE 42366 - Mondays 1:40-4:30 pm
Credits 3   Klapper 403
Prof. Woodfin

This course explores the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire from the resolution of the dispute over icons in 843 to the fall of its capital, Constantinople, to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Topics to be covered will include the role of icons in Orthodox Christianity, cycles of mosaics and fresco painting and their integration with their architectural settings, textiles and other portable arts, and the role of secular subject matter among the sacred images for which Byzantium is best known.

GRKMD 41W 01 - Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 46810 - Mon & Wed 3:10-4:25 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 320
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou

GRKMD 41W 02 - Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 46887 - Mon & Wed 6:30-7:45 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou

Surveys Modern Greek literature in translation from the middle of the 19th 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 (LIT)
GRKMD 112 - Elementary Modern Greek II
CODE 46889 - Tues & Thurs 10:05-11:55 am
Credits 4   Queens Hall 245B
Prof. Athanasopoulou

​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 46803 - Mon & Wed 5:00-6:15 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 181
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou

​Prereq.: GRKMD 203 or equivalent, 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 46896 - Tues & Thurs 12:15-1:30 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245B
Prof. Athanasopoulou​

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. 

HIST 209 - The Byzantine Empire, 324-1025
CODE 48917 - Tues & Thurs 10:45 am-12:00 pm
Credits 3   Klapper 401
Prof. Woodfin

This course will examine the history of the Byzantine Empire from 324, when Constantinople, the capital of the Empire was founded, to 1025, the year Emperor Basil II died. 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.

GRKST 255 01 - Ethnic Community Politics in the United States: The Case of the Greek Americans
CODE 53151 - Tues & Thurs 10:45 am-12:00 pm
Credits 3   Location TBA
Prof. 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. Ethnic 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 politicization of the Greek American community will be analyzed with the emphasis on the 1974 Cyprus crisis and the assertive role of the Congress, at the time, in influencing U.S. foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean. (Greece, Turkey and Cyprus).

GRKST 390 - Tutorial
CODE 53201 *** Hours TBA ***
Credits 3
           *** Upper Junior/Senior status required ***

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