[MGSA-L] CYA Virtual Lecture Series || Greece's 1821 & America: A Message of Freedom
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Tue Mar 9 12:11:09 PST 2021
The Consulate General of Greece in Boston and College Year in Athens are
delighted to co-host a celebratory lecture commemorating the bicentennial
of the Greek War of Independence.
On Wednesday,* 17 March 2021, at 12 p.m. (EDT) / 6 p.m. (Athens)*, guest
speaker *Dr. Alexander Kitroeff,* Professor of History at Haverford College
and a Member of CYA’s Academic Advisory Roundtable, will discuss the
American philhellenic movement during the Greek Revolution.
The wave of philhellenism that swept through the United States with the
outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821 included the
establishment of “Greek committees” in Boston, New York and Philadelphia
and the arrival of several American volunteers in Greece among whom was
Bostonian Samuel Gridley Howe. What facilitated the emergence of
philhellenism was the growing American fascination with Classical Greece
that was expressed through the growth of Greek Revival architecture and an
interest in Greece itself and the first visits there by Americans, Edward
Everett from Massachusetts and Nicholas Biddle from Pennsylvania. What was
also remarkable was the growing interest in the Greek struggle for freedom
throughout the United States during the 1820s. This presentation offers an
overall picture of the wide parameters of American philhellenism and
explores the reasons for its depth and breadth during this period.
To participate in this *discussion*, please register on zoom today.
*REGISTER for ZOOM
If you cannot attend the "live" lecture but would like to receive a
recording of the lecture, please register and it will be sent to you 1-2
days after the event.
G U E S T S P E A K E R
*Professor of History at Haverford CollegeMember of CYA's Academic Advisory
*Alexander Kitroeff* is a Professor of History at Haverford College, where
he has been teaching since 1996. He was born in Athens and left Greece at
age fourteen to join relatives in England where he finished his schooling
and then went on to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Warwick
University. He also received a Master’s Degree from Keele University and a
doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford. After doing his
national service in Greece, in 1986, he began teaching at the Byzantine &
Modern Greek Center at Queens College at the City University in New York.
In 1990 he moved across town to the Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies at
New York University. His next position was at the History Department at
Haverford College on Philadelphia’s “Main Line.”
Kitroeff’s research focuses on ethnicity in modern Greece and the diaspora
from politics to sports. He has published five books: *The Greeks in Egypt,
1919-1937: Ethnicity & Class* (London, 1989); *Griegos en América* (Madrid,
1992); *Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the
York, 2004); *Ελλάς, Ευρώπη Παναθηναϊκός! 100 Χρόνια Ελληνική Ιστορία* (New
York, 2010); *The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt*(2019); *Greek
Orthodoxy in America: A Modern History* (New York, 2020).
He is continuing his collaboration with film director Maria Iliou as a
historical consultant for five documentaries, the most recent being “Athens
from East to West 1821-1896,” which premiered at the Benaki Museum in
Athens in early 2020. It is the first of a five-part series on the history
of Modern Athens.
Kitroeff’s current projects include a book commemorating the 100-year
history of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
(AHEPA) from 1922 to 2022, and a book on the history of Greek-owned diner
restaurants in the United States.
*College Year in Athens*
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