The Greek Professorship is strongly committed to making Greek culture accessible and open to the general public and boasts a wide variety of public events, from lectures and conferences to musical and theatrical performances.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence: Greece in Missouri 21 Events

Mark your calendars!

Greeting of H.E. Mrs. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece 

Greeting of H.E. Mrs. Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the USA

Greeting of H.E. Mrs. Ekaterina Dimakis, Consul General of Greece in Chicago

We are excited to announce our  Greece in Missouri  initiative, with which we are commemorating, celebrating, and honoring the Bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence. Because of the pandemic, our original plans of hosting in-person events had to be modified, so we are moving ahead with virtual events for the remainder of 2021. It is our hope that in 2022 we will be able to resume our in-person events. 

The  Greece in Missouri initiative includes the following series of events. 

Please note that dates and locations may change, and that individual announcements with details will be sent before each event.


March 28, 2021.    The Annual Sam Nakis Lecture.  Online. From the Battle of Ideas to the Battlefield: The Greek War of Independence,  by Prof. Vicky Hioureas, University of Missouri—St. Louis Video Link

May 23, 2021 The Professor Diane Touliatos Endowed Annual Lecture in Greek Historical Studies. Online. The Greek Revolution of 1821 and its Multiple Anniversaries, by Prof. Gonda von Steen, King’s College, London. Video Link

September 12, 2021 The Dr. Nicholas Matsakis Memorial Lecture. Online. Constantinople: The Dazzling Capital of Byzantium in the Turkish Occupation, by Bettany Hughes (OBE, FSA), Historian. Video Link

Monday, February 7, 2022. The Catharine Pelican Lecture (Postponed because of Covid. We will update the information soon) The Origins of the Greek Revolution of 1821 Prof. Yiannis Kotsonis, New York University 7 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. lecture Century Rooms, Millennium Student Center Hybrid online/in-person - register here

Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The Artemis   Azariadis Lecture (Postponed because of Covid. We will update the information soon) The United States Mediterranean Squadron and the Greek War of Independence Prof. Antonis Kotsonas, New York University 7 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. lecture Century Rooms, Millennium Student Center Hybrid online/in-person - register here


Saturday, April 30, 2022. The Leon and Ioanna Spanos Concert From Ottoman Slavery to Greek Independence: A Greek Musical Journey Prof Nikos  Michalidis , UMSL (Pontic Lyra and Vocals) and the Utopia Music Project 8 p.m. performance Lee Theater, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center


Paths to  Freedom (Τα Μονοπάτια της Ελευθερίας).  A Cinematic Tribute to the Greek War of Independence . A series of three film screenings, preceded by an introductory lecture and curated by Dr. Vassiliki Rapti, Emerson College. Online.

November 7, 2021 God Loves Caviar  (2012), by Yannis Smaradgis and Alexandros Film Co. Ltd. December 5, 2021 The Last Night  (2020), by Yorgos Gkikapeppas and the COSMOTE History Channel Tuesday, January 18, 2022 The Greek War of Independence in Greek Cinema A talk by Dr. Vassiliki Rapti January 10, 2022, 7 p.m. Central Online - register here


Late March, 2022 (exact date TBD) Exhibition: The Greek Press before and after the War of Independence: an exhibition of original newspapers and magazines, and journals from Greece from the period before and after 1821. The Nicholas and Theodora Matsakis Greek Culture Center



Greek events at the University of Missouri-St. Louis are made possible by UMSL Global, The Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, and The Karakas Family Foundation Alliance for the Advancement of Hellenic Studies.

The  Greece in Missouri '21  Initiative is held under the auspices of the Embassy of Greece in coordination with the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago.

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Previous Events

For an overview of our events in recent years, please click the links below to open a pdf files with the event announcements and descriptions.  Please click the “Back” button on your browser to return to this page”

2018-2019 Academic Year
(12 pages, 10 MB)

2017-2018 Academic Year (12 pages, 15 MB)

2016-2017 Academic Year

2014-2015 Academic Year

2011-2012 Academic Year (4 pages, 342 KB)

2010-2011 Academic Year (6 pages, 559 KB)

2009-2010 Academic Year (5 pages,363 KB)

2008-2009 Academic Year (8 pages, 1 MB)

2007-2008 Academic Year (8 pages, 1 MB)

2006-2007 Academic Year (9 pages, 1 MB)

2005-2006 Academic Year (6 pages, 905 KB)