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THE CATHARINE PELICAN MEMORIAL LECTURE
“Suffering, Redemption and Resurrection in Greek Politics,”

with Manussos Marangudakis, Associate Professor at the University of the Aegean, Greece
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Century Room A
Millennium Student Center
University of Missouri–St. Louis
7 p.m. reception  | 7:30 p.m lecture
The current financial crisis in Greece is the result of complex economic, political, and social factors. In the present lecture Professor Marangudakis examines some of the dimensions of Greek society that have affected the current situation. Specifically, he discusses how religion affects the Greeks’ perception of civil society and how this perception affects national narratives, political institutions, and public debates. These topics are analyzed under the light of the impact that Eastern Orthodox religion and  the major historical events of the 20th century have had on Greek society. Understanding the cultural and moral codes of Greek society allows us to reflect on possible ways Greek culture could become a vehicle for the nation’s renewal and a means for social development and growth.
Manussos Marangudakis is Associate Professor of Historical-Comparative Sociology at the University of the Aegean, Greece. His research focuses on the civilizational analysis of axial civilizations with particular attention on the development of modernity in the US and Greece. His most recent book isAmerican Fundamentalism: How the political, religious and scientific debates in the West shaped radical Protestantism. Currently, he conducts an international research study of civil religions in Europe. 
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