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Interview with Cornelius Castoriadis (English Subtitles)    
Chris Marker
This interview with Castoriadis was conducted in 1989 by famed filmmaker Chris Marker for Marker's own television series L'héritage de la chouette ("The Owl's Legacy"). Eighty-one minutes long, the raw footage originally recorded in French has been translated into English (via easy-to-read subtitles) and edited anonymously as a public service. Here, Castoriadis lays out and examines the contributions of ancient Greece to questions of contemporary relevance relating to democracy, politics, philosophy, art, poetry, economic and social reorganization, and the creative chaos that underlies all existence.
Interview with Cornelius Castoriadis by Chris Marker (English Subtitles from UM Classical Studies on Vimeo).

"Resist: A Letter from Greece" 
Natalie Bakopoulos
My great-uncle, the Greek poet Mihalis Katsaros, saw poetry as a means of resistance, and that first day I arrived in Athens, a friend sent me a photo of a banner that hung in the 'tent city' that had for two months been a fixture in Syntagma Square. Printed on the banner was one of Katsaros's poems that begins, simply enough: 'Resist."

"From the Diplomatic Pouch: Reports from British Envoys on the Greek National Character" 
S. Victor Papacosma.
The archives of the Foreign Office reveal how the seemingly vexatious nature of the Greeks regularly challenged the analytical abilities of Britain's diplomats.

May '68 and the Greek Resistance against the Junta
A leaflet circulated in Thessaloniki by the underground group "Student Struggle" (in Greek)

Maps and National Sensitivities 
Thomas W. Gallant
Imagine a people who are so thin-skinned and insecure about their nation's integrity that a simple map showing part of their country incorporated into the territory of a neighbor is provocative.

Mother Tongues and Other Traumas 
Dr. George Syrimis
A personal testimony marking the anniversary of the disastrous events of July 1974 in Cyprus.

Greek Reason at Regensburg 
Dimitri Krallis
Dimitri Krallis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is Assistant Professor of Byzantine History in the Department of History/Hellenic Studies of Simon Fraser University in Canada.

The Jews of Thessaloniki, 1912-1941 
Dan Georgakas
The story of the Jews of Thessaloniki is one of the most complex in the history of Jews in Europe.