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ELEMENTARY FIRST-YEAR MODERN GREEK 101-102 is designed for students with no previous exposure to the language as well as for students with some basic understanding of Modern Greek. The course provides students with basic skills in reading, speaking, and writing and introduces them to Modern Greek history and culture through media such as film and music.

MODERN GREEK CONVERSATION 105 aims to help students speak basic Greek. It is designed for beginners who know how to read but can barely speak. (Leontis/Lambropoulos/Margomenou)

SECOND-YEAR MODERN GREEK 201-202 assumes familiarity with the basics of reading, writing, and speaking. Through films, music, literature, poetry, newspapers and surfing the web, students enrich their vocabulary, improve fluency in speaking, and discover their means of personal expression in Modern Greek. Enrollment in the second year Modern Greek courses requires having attended Modern Greek 101/102. Students who want to join the class without having attended the first year Modern Greek courses must take a placement exam. (Margomenou)

MODERN GREEK CONVERSATION 205 aims to give confidence in the ability to handle many speaking situations and topics. For students who have had at least three (3) terms of Greek or whose oral skills place them in the 2nd year conversation level. (Leontis/Lambropoulos/Margomenou)

THIRD-YEAR MODERN GREEK 301-302 builds on the language skills acquired in Modern Greek 101/102 and 201/202. The course is a thematic survey of Modern Greek culture through literature, theater, film, and music, focusing on such topics as diaspora, politics, and identity. As part of this course students are also exposed to the contemporary pop-culture of Greece through movies, newspapers, music, TV programs, the web, and cartoons. The third year is designed for students who have completed the two-year language sequence. Alternatively, students with advanced skills can join the class after taking a placement test. (Margomenou)

MODERN GREEK CONVERSATION II 305 emphasizes self-expression in conversational Greek. The course touches on challenging aspects of the language, such as idioms and phrases, the language of the media, and fast and furious conversations on current events. (Leontis/Lambropoulos/Margomenou)

MODGREEK 375 (CLARCH 375) ARCHAEOLOGY & THE PUBLIC: ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD Few academic disciplines can claim so many action heroes, movies, computer games...even casinos! Why is archaeology so attractive? Why bother about the past at all?  This course explores the ways in which archaeology and the past reach the public. Can representations of the past in our contemporary globalized world be controversial? What is “world heritage” and why has it become important today? We will consider cultural heritage as an inalienable human right.  (Margomenou)

MODERN GREEK 499, 599 DIRECTED READING for the undergraduate or graduate student.

Literary and Cultural Studies

CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION 125  MUSICAL NATIONALISM IN TIMES OF CRISIS  A Greek Case Study invites students to explore the repercussions of the current global economic crisis through the framework of music. Greece, a nation situated on the margins of the European Union, is the focal point of the current financial and cultural crisis. Drawing from various types of musical expression (popular song, island songs, the Eurovision Song Contest, song parodies, and especially present-day performances of rebetika), students examine how music shapes and reflects contemporary cultural and economic realities in Greece. 

MODERN GREEK 214 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN GREEK CULTURE examines cultural, religious, social, and political trends as reflected in literature, music, folklore, popular culture, and ideology. Emphasis is given to the last two centuries but the survey begins with the late Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Satisfies Social Science requirement. (Leontis/Lambropoulos)

MODERN GREEK 318 GREEK-AMERICAN CULTURE explores questions of ethnicity, race, gender, and social class in the United States over the last two centuries as reflected in Greek-American history and culture. The objective is to encourage reflection on the cultural diversity of identity and awareness of racism, discrimination, and intolerance in our world. Satisfies Race and Ethnicity requirement. (Lambropoulos)

MODERN GREEK 325 ATHENS PRESENT AND PAST studies Athens as a “palimpsest,” a surface that has been scraped and reused again and again, beginning with the Acropolis in the heart of the city, and expanding outward. Key themes in the class are the changing form, function, and meaning of the Acropolis; cycles of destruction and rebuilding; foreign bodies; and the dialectic of present and past, local and global. Sources are archaeology, history, literature, city plans, maps, photographs, art, music, films, and popular culture. Satisfies Humanities and Upper Level Writing Requirements. (Leontis/Lambropoulos/Margomenou)

MODERN GREEK 340/COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 340 TRAVELS TO GREECE examines the literature of modern travel to Greece and the issues it raises about antiquity, modernity, ethnography, otherness, orientalism, and Western identity. Readings include works by British, French, German, American, and Greek authors. Art, film, and the media provide different measures of comparison. Satisfies Humanities and Literature and Ideas (Honors) requirement. (Leontis/Lambropoulos)

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 382 GREEK MYTH IN MODERN LITERATURE AND CINEMA surveys the uses of Greek myth in modern plays, novels, and movies. The goal is to examine the overlap among genres and follow the travels and transformations of mythical figures through the centuries.(Lambropoulos)

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 601 CONTEMPORARY THEORY is a graduate seminar on contemporary theories of interpretation. Philosophical readings range from Austin to Derrida, and theories range from feminism to postcolonial studies. These readings are applied to various performances of the Antigone which include Greek versions by Yiorgos Tzavellas, Mikis Theodorakis, Aris Retsos. and Spyros Vrahoritis. (Lambropoulos)