Events at the Center for Hellenic Studies

The Center for Hellenic Studies is reimagining its physical space with the aim of opening our doors to wider audiences. In addition to our continued commitment to scholarly research, we are also identifying opportunities to support artistic expression and performance. The emerging result is a series of events designed to celebrate the Classical world in a contemporary context.

Current Exhibit

sappho-focus-fig1From the Depths of the Salt Sea | Paintings and Drawings by Anne Davey

Beginning November 10, view an exhibit of paintings and drawings that imagines encounters with the Nereids, the daughters of Nereus, who were divine inhabitants of the sea. Read More...


Past Events and Exhibits

chsmainpillars.jpgCHS Research Symposium

On Saturday, December 3, the biannual research symposium took place, featuring six presentations by the fall 2016 fellows. Read More...


sappho-focus-fig1Micro-Monuments Exhibition

May 27-October 31, 2016. Micro-Monuments showcases 32 small-scale sculptures which explore monuments as a universal idea in art. The exhibit features work by members of the Washington Sculptors Group of Washington, DC. First exhibited at the Salzland Museum in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the exhibit now returns to its city of origin. Read more … 


sappho-focus-fig1 Donovan | Sapphographs

From December 12, 2015-October 2016, fifteen large-scale pigment prints by prolific songwriter, poet, and musician Donovan were on exhibit in the main hall of the library. Inspired by the lyric poetry of Sappho (7th century BCE), Donovan's “Sapphographs” capture, in visual form, the mythic beauty of this ancient artistic tradition. Read more …


LastWordsFilmcoverThe Reawakening of an “Extinct” Language: The Case of Cappadocian Greek

On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7pm, the CHS presented a free screening of "Last Words", an award-winning documentary short about the rediscovery of Cappadocian Greek. Linguist-philologist Mark Janse introduced the film. Read more … 



El GrecoThe Enduring Legacy of El Greco | Monumental Works in Toledo and Escorial

On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30pm, Professor Marina Lambraki-Plaka presented select masterpieces of the great Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos ("El Greco") including The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, View of Toledo, and The Disrobing of Christ. Read more...


sappho-focus-fig1Micro-Monuments Gallery Talk with Anne Reeve

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 4pm. This program combined a juror’s talk with the selected artists participating in "Micro-Monuments". This talk allowed artists and the public to connect with Anne Reeve as she reveals her ideas, concepts, and reasons for her curatorial selections. It provided a deeper insight into the connection between the artists’ concepts, how it affects the juror’s choices, and vice versa. Read more...


sappho-focus-fig1 Micro-Monuments Workshop | Pillars, Columns, Cornerstones: Verticalism in Arts and Philosophy

The workshop, conducted by Artemis Herber, took place on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 11am–4pm, and offered hands-on activities with discarded, found or ready-made objects, exploring principles of vertical structures as architectural elements throughout history as well as today. Participants will were invited to respond to quotes from philosophers, architects, or anthropologists in order to create their own personal physical small–scale sculptures on site at the Center for Hellenic Studies. Read more … 


sappho-focus-fig1 Maenads & Muses: A Celebration of the Dances of Isadora Duncan & the Greek Ideal

On Saturday, April 16 the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Duncan Dance Project brought together the artistic and the scholarly with performances of Isadora Duncan dances as well as discussions on the influence of the Greek aesthetic and philosophy. The program made use of the outdoor spaces around the Center, including the open areas and the courtyard of the library. Read more …