The Lecture Series
A gift agreement, negotiated between the Foundation for Modern Greek Studies and the Regents of the University of Michigan for the benefit of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, established the Dr. Dimitri and Irmgard Pallas Annual Lecture in Modern Greek Studies. Its purpose is to provide an annual lecture “to promote greater awareness of modern Greek history and its artistic, scientific, philosophical, ethical, political, and other contributions to civilization. Drawing on its ancient (classical) and Renaissance (Byzantine) traditions, Greek culture has continued to explore and disseminate the values of logos, cosmos, polis, episteme, techne, philia, phronesis, metron, and above all anthropos. These values are of central importance to the contemporary quest for a shared, meaningful world.” The lecture will bring annually to Michigan an eminent speaker of international reputation who offers new views on significant phenomena by drawing on the Greek experience since the end of the Byzantine era.
Dr. Dimitri Pallas, a native of Greece, studied at the University of Athens and did graduate work in the United States. He was Senior Staff Cardiologist at the Division of Cardiology in the Henry Ford Health System at Fairlane. He is a Founding Member of the American Hellenic Congress and Founder and President of the Foundation for Modern Greek Studies. Irmgard Baier Pallas is a native of Germany and fluent speaker of Greek. She has taught German Language and Literature at the Goethe Institute in Athens and at Wayne State University.
Previous Pallas Lectures
2014 — Neovi Karakatsanis
(Indiana University South Bend) Fact or Fiction: What More Do We Know about American Involvement in the 1967 Greek Military Coup?
2013 — Stathis Gourgouris
(Columbia University) Cavafy's Debt
2012 — Alexander Kitroeff
(Haverford College) Ethnicity Beyond the Ethnic Enclave: Greek Americans in Brooklyn
2011 — Gregory Jusdanis
(Ohio State University) On Greek Friendship
2010— Karen Van Dyck
(Columbia University) Translations, Anthologies, and their Critical Excess
2009 — Fani-Maria Tsigakou
(Benaki Museum, Athens) Reconstructing History: Images of Romantic Hellenism
2008 — Andre Gerolymatos
(Simon Frasier University) The Struggle for Greek Independence and the International Diplomatic War in the 1820s
2007 — Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos
(Queens Symphony Orchestra, Director/Chatham Opera, Founder and Director) Toward a Greek National Music
2006 — Helen C.
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Byzantium Revisited: The Mosaics of Hagia Sophia in the Twentieth Century
2005 — Kevin Featherstone
(London School of Economics and Political Science) Why is Greece Becoming So Hard
2004 — Dan Georgakas
(CUNY) The New and Future Greek America
2003 — Stathis Kalyvas
(Yale) Violence and Civil War: the 1940s in Greece Seen “From Below”