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June 1, 1996 - Year: 2, Issue: 27



International opportunities for U.S. faculty and professionals in languages and literature. Program information and the listing of 1997-98 opportunities can be accessed via the Fulbright Scholar Program Web site at http://www.cies.org.

Requests for hard copy of the awards booklet and application kit can be made by E-mail: cies1ciesnet.cies.org (requests for mailing of materials only; telephone: 202-686-7877; US mail: USIA Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Box INET, 3007 Tilden St. NW Suite 5M, Washington DC 20008-3009.

Non-US candidates must contact the Fulbright commission or US Embassy in their home country (this would be to study/teach in USA). There are teaching research opportunities in Greece with this program, for US citizens with Ph.D.s. Deadline August 1 for the 1997-98 competition.


The first episode of a new series entitled "Eleni's Cafe" will debut on Queens Public Television (QPTV), channel 35, on June 3 at 7:00 PM. The pilot episode, produced by Eleni Tsagdis, will feature professional storyteller Barbara Aliprantis.

Nationally known for performing and producing multicultural storytelling events in voice and sign language, Aliprantis has been a professional storyteller/performance artist since 1987. She is a co-founder with Professor Robert D. Simons of Queensborough Community College of the American Center for Theatre and Storytelling, a performance ensemble that circles the world through the arts.


The TASIS Hellenic International School of Athens, Greece is sponsoring a summer program entitled "Journey Through Antiquity," a five week residential course of immersion in all aspects of Greece from its history and archaeology to its modern day culture and language. The program, running from June 22 to July 26, includes academic instruction, field trips, and a one week sailing excursion around some of the Greek islands.

TASIS Hellenic International School was established in 1971 as a branch of the American School in Switzerland. It is the only international school in Athens offering both American and British curricula. Situated in the northern suburb of Kifisia, the International School is one of three campuses that include the TASIS elementary school, high school and boarding residence. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

For further information about the summer program or the school, write to George B. Salimbene, Headmaster, TASIS Hellenic International School, P.O. Box 51025, 145-10 Kifisia, Greece, or call 301-808-1426; 301-801-2362, fax: 301-801-8421



$11.95 (Nathaniel Austin Publishing)

"Going After Feta" is a lighthearted and entertaining account of a Maine family's year-long travel adventure in Greece. This free-spirited travel passed through a variety of places, Paris, Venice, Instabul among others, but most of the time the family of five was on the Greek island of Paros. Lawrence Davey wanted to see Greek island life year-round, to experience the summer's bright sun and the winter's chilly winds. Davey wanted to be more than a tourist. He physically worked with his Greek neighbors - he picked olives, fished, worked construction and moved rocks, lots of rocks. His wife worked in an herb shop and knitted and repaired sweaters, while their children attended Greek school.

Davey's discussion of rocks in Greek life are some of the more entertaining parts of a generally interesting book, interesting due to Davey's quiet humor. When discussing a ferry ride, Davey reports: "I looked around ... at our party of fellow passengers, stripped and oiled and blistering under the sun, dozing off, mouths agape; and it was then I caught a glimpse of something - a dizzy revelation suggesting some sort of reverse evolutionary experiment was underway ... We were on our way back to our ancestral reptilian roots. Before the end of the trip many of us would start snapping at flies. Crawling around on our belies."

Davey offers insightful commentary on the nature of travel and travelers: "It is important, when traveling, to get lost - to allow oneself the disorientation that must satisfy some deep-seated urge." He is a good observer: "The train lurched and rocked, carrying with it all the sensations of a great mechanical struggle, of gravity and friction, shaking and vibration, grinding iron and diesel smoke."

Part of the book's charm is the subject matter - an American family being some place entirely different from home, the other is Davey's dry, almost droll humor. Outrageous stories are told with a straight face. The book falls in the genre of creative non-fiction as from time to time the narrator is unable to keep his mind entirely in the present. He daydreams about the days of Pythagoras, Aristotle, Plato, a man fascinated with their points of view and part of the world.

This is a different kind of travel adventure, atypical in that is about a family, including three children, the youngest a three-year-old girl. Davey had to engage in physical labor while abroad in order to support his family and travels. The Davey's found that except in the summer, a family can live quite inexpensively and authentically on a Greek island. "October - Paros had by now been left to the islanders, the farmers, the masons, the merchants, the fishermen, the olive pickers. Tourists had vanished. The island has been transformed back into itself. It began once again to breath its own life and we are surrounded by the simple and ageless sensations, wine and olives, work and laughter, stone and history, all in the solitude of an old island community." Some of the fun in this story relates to the children's adventures and family affairs. The author's self-critical humor and acknowledged traveler's mistakes make this book any reader will be able to appreciate.

Although additional maps would have been helpful, Davey successfully weaves history, geography and Greek philosophy into his personal observations. "Going After Feta" is more than a travel book for those who plan to visit Greece. The high quality of the writing places this book in the category of travel literature.


**** ENGLISH ****

FRAGMENTS OF DEATH, FABLES OF IDENTITY: An Athenian Anthropography, by Neni Panourgia

The death of her grandfather sets Neni Panourgia and her readers on a path through the rituals of mourning and memory in modern urban Greece. Blending emotional richness and intellectual rigor, the anthropologist returns home in this exploration of kinship and identity within her own family and native city of Athens. What emerges is not only a new anthropological view of contemporary Greek culture, but also a reflective consideration of the self and subject.

Following men and women grappling with questions of mortality, Panourgia moves through the streets and neighborhoods of Athens, seaside resorts and pistachio groves, the corridors and rooms of Cancer Institute, wakes in apartments and observances in cemeteries. She mingles popular culture, venerable traditions, and contemporary theory as she considers how individuals define their identity as Athenians, as members of a family, as subjects of a policy, in sickness and in health, in death or in mourning. Memory is their guide as it negotiates their relationships with a personal, collective, and cultural past - and the memory of many deaths challenges and reaffirms, deconstructs, and reconstructs who they are.

As intellectually ambitious as it is moving, this book reconfigures the subject and object of anthropological study and recasts the line where experience ends and analysis begins.
Cloth $55.00, Paper $19.95

KASSIA: THE LEGEND, THE WOMAN, AND HER WORK, edited and translated by Antonia Tripolitis

Kassia or Kassiane, as she is known liturgically, was a highly gifted ninth-century Byzantine poetess long considered by the Eastern Church as the most distinguished woman hymnographer. Kassia's works are the only ones included in the ecclesiastical books. She is the only woman mentioned in a fourteenth-century catalog of famous hymnographers compiled by N. Kallistos Xanthopoulos, and the only woman included in the frontpiece of a Triodion, printed in Venice in 1601.

Tradition and manuscript authority attribute to Kassia forty-nine religious hymns and two hundred secular verses in the form of epigrams and gnomic verses. In recent years, Kassia has begun to attract attention of scholars interested in the history and thought of both the Greek and Latin Middle Ages and modern writers and critics interested in the development of Greek literature. The purpose of this study is to compile, translate and comment on the extant works of Kassia and provide a biography and general assessment of this extraordinary woman.
153 pages, 5.7x8.7 inches, Cloth, $ 16.00


The book gives witness to the deep interest in the historic presence of the Greek Orthodox heritage in America. The tragic story of the nearly 500 settlers from Greece who two hundred years ago helped carve out of the wilderness the future state of Florida is an important chapter in American colonial history.

Although these colonists of 1768 came to America seeking freedom, they found slavery. Yet, out of their slavery, the timeless legacy of the Greek Orthodox heritage was implanted in the New World. It was in the 1960's that authentic information concerning this early Greek presence in Florida was brought to the attention of the Archdiocese. Under the Archdiocese's leadership the property known as "Avero House" in the historic section of St. Augustine was purchased in 1965. It was in this two-story stone edifice on St. George Street that the remaining Greeks who had been enslaved in the New Smyrna colony for ten years and had struggled north to St. Augustine met and held worship services until eventually absorbed into the larger community.
207 pages, 5.9x9.0 inches, Paper, $ 15.95

PLATO, SYMPOSIUM, The Benjamin Jowett Translation

One of the most famous works of literature in the Western world, Plato's "Symposium" is also one of the most entertaining. The scene is a dinner party in Athens in 416 BC at which guests - including the comic poet Aristophanes and Plato's mentor, Socrates - playfully discuss the nature of eros, or love. By turns earthly and sublime, the dialogue culminates with Socrates's famous account of the "ladder of love," an extended analysis of the many forms of eros. The evening ends with a speech by a drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and powerful Athenian of the day, who insists on praising Socrates rather than love, offering up a brilliant character sketch of the enigmatic philosopher.

This Modern Library edition is the authoritative translation by B. Jowett, substantially revised by Dr. Hayden Pellicia, associate professor of classics at Cornell University. This revised translation takes into account advances in scholarship and modernizes the Victorian English where it is coy or archaic.
100 pages, 5.0x7.5 inches, Cloth, $ 13.50

**** GREEK ****

TA BREFH THS EYTERPHS, tns Maxns Mouzakn

Xwrismevo se tria mern, to keimevo tns Mouzakn pairvei tiv titlo tou apo to prwto kai megalutero meros, xwrismevo se pevte kefalaia. Prokeitai avamfisbntnta gia to snmavtikotero kommati opou n Euterpn, mesa apo mia allngorikn matia kai pointikn grafn, afou apo mikrn kuofornsei tn grafn, tha ksavsgevvnsei, mesw autns, tous xamevous gious allwv guvaikwv, twv opoiwv mas divei apospasmatika kai apokrufistika tnv istoria. Av kai se kapoies stigmes uparxouv antirrnseis gia tov tropo proseggisns twv "xamevwv" giwv, to suvolo leitourgei thetika. Ta duo, wstoso, epomeva mern tou bibliou, diekdikwvtas suvektikous desmous me to prwto, diaspwvtai morfika olotela apo auto, afou upakououv oxi pleov stnv pointikotnta evos pezografikou keimevou alla metatrepovtai se poinsn. Moiazouv, etsi, va avairouv thv arxikn prothesn tns suggrafeas.
95 selides, 1996

H PHGH TOY TSAKALIOY, tou Tasou Roussou

Evas elkustikos avtras agorazei mian anudrn ektasn kapou stnv Ellada kai erpei ologumnos pavw stn gn tou. Praktikn pou apoblepei sto va avebouv ta upogeia udata tns perioxns stnv epifaveia. To ovoma tou "Avoubns", suvufasmevo me tov Katw Kosmo. Martures twv prospatheiwv tou duo guvaikes pou briskovtai stnv perioxn gia oikologikes kai gewlogikes ereuves kai pou n parousia tou gumnou avtra tis elkuei parakseva. Ki akomn oi prouxovtes tou kovtivou xwriou me prwtov tov papa pou dev tha argnsei va dei ws daimovikes autes tis prospatheies pou epistegazovtai apo prwtofaveis veropovtes. Mageia n sumptwsn; O Roussos, gi' alln mia fora, wthei to "distagmo" hrwwv kai avagvwstn sta akra se mia xalarotern ws pros tn domn tns, sugkritika me tis prongoumeves, voubela tou, alla eksisou suvarpastikn sto eidos tns. Gi' alln mia fora ta oria metaksu pragmatikou kai ekswpragmatikou reustopoiouvtai, evw oi teleutaies selides eisagouv ton dialogo tou favtastikou me ta muthologika kataloipa, elkovtas tn voubela pros to eidos tou "thaumastou".

TA SYNERGA TOU IEROEKSETASTH, tou Thanasn Dnmntrakopoulou

Evas daskalos erwteuetai tn xumwdn mathntria tou, pou ksafnika pethaivei. Sto fovto, n mntera tou odeuei karterika sto thavato. Paradoksws, oi euthuves gia to tragiko telos tns mikrns epirriptontai stov embrovtnto daskalo.

Tolmnrn sullnpsn, av kai n katalnksn tns voubelas eivai teleiws avalnthofavns kai dev peithei. O logos eivai moirasmevos se afngnseis dnmosiografikou stul kai se lurikew apogeiwseis. Etsi, to ufos parousiazetai polwmevo thumizivtas allote reportaz ki allote pointikn proza. Yparxei evtasn kai sfrigos, pote pote omws diapistwvetai nia kapoia pladarotnta.

Ta "Suverga tou Ieroeksetastn" eivai mia evdiaferousa prospatheia me polla thetika stoixeia, sunolika wstoso to apotelesma eivai mallov aviso. Opws kai va' xei o avagvwstns apoznmiwvetai.
124 selides, 1995


  1. H Bradutnta, by M. Kouvtera
  2. Dytika tns Lypns, by O. Elytns
  3. H Proba tou Nyfikou, by N. Giannakopoulou
  4. Deka Mythoi kai mia Istoria, by N. Papandreou
  5. Oi Palioi Symmathntes, by L. Papadopoulos
  6. To Periptero, by D. Gkiwvh
  7. Gkriza Politeia, by M. Lampadaridou
  8. Amav Amav by A. Papadakn
  9. H Agapn Argnse Mia Mera, by L. Zografou
  10. To Traivo me tis Fraoules, by G. Ksanthoulns


  1. Alexander the Great: A Novel, by Nikos Kazantzakis
  2. Egxeiridion Disaskalias tns Ellnvikns Glwssas, by
  3. Gods, Heroes & Men of Ancient Greece, by W. H. D. Rouse
  4. The Trojan War, by Bernard Evslin
  5. Aesop's Fables, by Tessa Hamilton
  6. Greek Traditions and Customs in America, by Marylin Rouvelas
  7. Not Out of Africa, by Mary Lefkowitz
  8. Favorite Greek Myths, by Mary Pope Osborne
  9. Timeless Myths, by Roger Payne
  10. Oxford Greek Dictionary, Pocket, by J. T. Ping



May 2 - June 14 * New York, NY - EXHIBIT

The Alexander S. Onassis Center will present "daydreams", an exhibit of laser prints from the "Landform Series" and recent sculpture by Fotini Vurgaropoulou. An opening reception will be held on May 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 58 West 10th Street. (212) 998-3990.

June 1 * Boston, MA - FOLK MUSIC

The Karavani Greek Folk Music Ensemble, featuring Beth Cohen and Christos Govetas, will perform with the "Dance Group" of the Greek Cultural Center of Boston, Fogg Museum courtyard, 8:00 pm. For information, call (617) 495-4544.

June 2 * New York, NY - CONCERT

The Hellenic University Club and the Parnassos Greek Cultural Society will present a classical guitar concert featuring Antigoni Goni at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, 319 East 74th Street, at 3:30 PM. Donation is $10. For more information, contact Athanasia Gregoriades, (212) 989-5391.

June 2 * New York, NY - RECEPTION

The Hellenic American Educators Association will hold a reception in honor of Dr. C. G. Hatzidimitriou and Dr. C. A. Costantakos at the Hotel Inter-Continental, 111 E 48th St., 1:30 PM. The donation for the event is $50, or $55 at the door. For information call 718-626-7943.

June 6 * NewYork, NY - LECTURE

The Alexander S. Onassis Center and the Foundation for Hellenic Culture will sponsor a lecture on "The Art and Archaeology of Crete, 1600 to 600 BC." at the Harvard Club, 27 West 44th St., 6:30 PM. Free admission; business attire required. To reserve, call 212-604-4823 by June 4.

June 9 * New York, NY - CONCERT

The Metropolitan Greek Chorale, with guest conductor John Baboukis, will perform the New York premiere of Babouki's "God's World" at 3:30 PM at Merkin Hall, Abraham Goodman House, 129 W 67th St. The concert will also feature medieval and baroque music including Handel's "Utrecht Jubilate." For information call 908-735-6856. Ticket donation $20.

June 11 * New York, NY - WORKSHOP

The Greek American Women's Network will host an Interactive Workshop on networking techniques at the Hotel InterContinental, 111 East 48th St., from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For further informatio, call (201) 944-4127.

June 15 * New York, NY - READING

The Greek American Writer's Association will present "From Sappho to Cavafy and Beyond: Celebrating the Lesbian and Gay Contribution to Greek Literature," at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Featured readers include Olga Broumas, T Begley and Dean Kostos. For information, call 212-989-9319.

June 16 * New York, NY - LECTURE

The Holy Trinity Cathedral Fellowship will host a lecture on "Byzantine Iconography: A Theology in Colors" by Katerina Tsigas. The lecture will begin at 1:00 PM, 319 E 74th St. For information, call 212-627-7813.

June 17 * New York - READING

The Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library will present a poetry reading by author Keri Keriotis among others as part of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. The reading begins at 6:00 pm, 455 Fifth Avenue, (212) 340-0833.

June 24-28 * Mexico - CONFERENCE

The International Conference of Modern Greek Language will be held at the National Autonomus University of Mexico.


This newsletter is made possible by the members of the Hellenic Literature Society who have contributed towards its publication, and by the support of:

Cosmos Publishing Company - NJ, 201-664-3494:
Books of Greek subject matter (Mail order)

Foundation for Hellenic Culture - NY, 212-308-6908:
Non-profit organization supporting Greek cultural activities.

The GreekAmerican - NY, 718-626-7676:
Weekly Newspaper (in English)

The Greek American Monthly - PA, 412-366-9022
Monthly Newspaper (in English)

Greek American Women's Network - NJ, 201-944-4127
Provides support, contacts and shared information to women of Greek heritage.

Hellenic American Educators - NY, 212-777-7502:
Educational organization affiliated with the United Federation of Teachers.

The Hellenic American Network - NJ, 201-664-3494:
Mail order advertising, reaching over 1,000,000 Greek-Americans and 120,000 Greek-Canadians.


Australia           20             Japan                2
Brazil               1             Mexico               1
Canada              30             Netherlands          5
Cyprus               1             New Zealand          2
Denmark              4             Norway               2
Finland              2             Portugal             1
France               9             Singapore            1
Germany              6             Slovenija            1
Greece              32             Sweden               1
Hong Kong            1             Switzerland          4
Hungary              3             Turkey               2
Ireland              3             United Kingdom      40
Israel               5             United States      387
Italy                3

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