Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has awarded a $1.25 million grant
to the Institute of International Education (IIE) to launch
the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP).

This is a unique opportunity for Greek-born academics
to collaborate with Greek Universities.

Over a period of two years, 40 U.S.- and Canadian-based Greek-born
academics will receive Fellowships to visit Greek universities
to create collaborative, mutually beneficial engagements
between students, academics and universities.
The GDFP Fellows will develop curricula, conduct research,
and teach and mentor graduate students at universities throughout Greece.

Greek universities can submit project requests
(without necessarily naming a proposed scholar)
at the online portal.

Greek-born academics in the U.S. and Canada who wish to be considered
to collaborate on a project should e-mail
if they need more information, or see

How to apply.

Note that this is the second cycle of the program.
Last summer was the first cycle.
The deadline for this cycle is January 31, 2017.

HCAAO Annual (2016) General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place
on Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:30-6:30 PM at the
University of Toronto, Wallberg Building, room 215.
Wallberg building is located at 200 College Street
(west of University Avenue, just east of St. George Street).
The meeting is for members. If you are eligible and
would like to become a member,
you will be able to register at this meeting.

Location change!
The room for the HCAAO meeting has been changed to
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, room BA 5256,
University of Toronto.
The Bahen building is located at 40 St. George Street,
at the north-west corner of St. George and College Streets.
BA 5256 is in the 5th floor, towards the south side
of the building, just to the left of the south set of elevators.
If you encounter any problems getting into the building,
or finding the room, call 416 946 8431.

The Polytechnic uprising and the anti-dictatorship student voice in the Diaspora

The Hellenic Students’ Association of York University in collaboration with
the Greek-Canadian History Project (director Prof. Sakis Gekas) and
the York University Libraries (Clara Thomas archives and special collections)
an academic night to commemorate Greek Freedom Greek,
the week of 1970, when York students voiced their
opposition against the dictatorship then ruling Greece,
and to honor the activists of the Polytechnic uprising, 1973.

Event: “The Athens Polytechnic uprising: the anti-dictatorship
student voice in the Diaspora”
Venue: Accolade building West 006 (ACW 006)
York University, Keele campus
Date: Thursday, November 24, 6:30-8:30 PM

Entrance: free
Light refreshments will be served.

46 years after the Greek Freedom Week (16-20 November 1970) that was
organized by Greek students at York University against the dictatorship
regime in Greece, the Hellenic Students Association at York commemorates
the event. Join us on November 24 for an academic night to learn about the
1970 Greek Freedom Week and the anti-dictatorship struggle in the diaspora.
We are delighted to present for the first time the original posters,
photographs and press reports about the event from the collections of the
York University Libraries Clara Thomas Archives. Our event also
commemorates the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising in 1973.
We would like to thank especially Spyros Draenos for sharing his memories
of the event, George Papadatos for donating his collection to the Greek
Canadian History Project, the Clara Thomas Archives and especially the
Hellenic Students Association for organizing the event. Please see poster

See also poster.

University Studies Orientation Day 2016

The University Studies Orientation Day (USOD)
is an annual event organized by
the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO)
in cooperation with the Greek Community of Toronto.
The goal is to help high-school students applying
for university studies make better and informed choices.

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, members of HCAAO,
more specifically Professors Athanasios Gekas, Maria-Athina Martimianakis
and Petros Pechlivanoglou, visited two high-schools in Toronto, namely
G. S. Henry high-school (200 Graydon Hall Dr) and
Eastern Commerce high-school (16 Phin Ave).
They presented information about the application procedure
for University studies, various options, and future careers.
The grade 12 students, who are also attending the Greek language classes
organized by the Greek community of Toronto,
showed great interest in applying for University studies
and had fruitful discussions with the professors.

Lecture on the social geography of Athens

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History
and the Hellenic Studies Program,
the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies,
the Department of History, the City Institute at York University (CITY),
and the Urban Studies Program invite you to a talk:

Speaker: Professor Thomas Maloutas, Harokopio University, Athens
Title: The social geography of Athens and the impact of crisis
Venue: Kaneff Tower, Room 901, York University
Time: Friday, November 11, 2016, 12-2 PM

Coffee/refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP at

The talk will focus on processes and patterns of class
and ethnic division in the Greek capital.
Theoretically expected outcomes (social and spatial polarization,
gentrification) will be confronted to the empirical reality
of an‘ordinary metropolis. Weak gentrification, spatial entrapment
of social mobility in working-class neighborhoods and
vertical segregation (i.e. the vertical social and
ethnic hierarchies massively present in the apartment buildings
throughout the city’s densely built areas) will be discussed
as outcomes related to contextual parameters preventing
an accelerated sociospatial polarization.
The impact of the crisis will be the concluding part of the talk.
Important and precipitous changes (sharp increase of vacancies
in housing and business locales, substantial growth of homelessness etc.)
have not (yet) affected the city’s social patterns, especially
due to the almost complete standstill in the land and housing markets.

Athens Social Atlas,

See also poster.

Panel discussion on success, advice from successful professional Greek women in Canada

The Greek Community of Toronto invites ambitious women and girls (16+) to
a discussion panel of successful women from our community
discussing their careers, how they got there,
what they have learned, and what women need to know
to get there.

Prof. Maria Athina Martimianakis, MA, MEd, PhD,
Dr. Emily Trohatos, DDS, MSc, FRCF(C), Ortho, Orthodontist
Catherine Tsouvaltsidis, BEng, MEng, space engineer
Tina Korovilas, Lawyer
Dr. Filio (Phyllis) Billia, PhD, MD, FRCPC, cardiologist

Date: Thursday November 3, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM
Venue: the offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
        333 Bay street, Suite 2400, Toronto, Ontario
Admission: Free
Light refreshments will be served

HCAAO Get-together Dinner 2016

The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association Annual Dinner of 2016
was held on
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7-9:30pm,
at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks Street.

Our guest speaker was Professor Philip Oreopoulos, Department of
Economics, University of Toronto. Philip is a prominent academic in the
field of Educational Economics, where his research has had an impact
at all levels of government educational policy, here in Canada and
the United States. He was most recently the keynote speaker
at the Annual Canadian Economics Association meetings in Ottawa.

Below is the outline of Phil’s talk, along with his bio.

We would like to thank Rose Hill Wineries and Gerginis Wealth Partners
of CIBC Wood Gundy’s The Yorkville Group
for their sponsorship.

RSVPs: please contact Christina Christara, ccc AT

The cost of each ticket is $65, and includes a three-course meal
in the wonderful dining room at the Faculty Club
and wine provided by Rose Hill Wineries.

Applying Behavioural Economics to Public Policy in Canada

In the last 10 years or so, there’s been a remarkable expansion in state-
government interest for adopting ideas in behavioural economics to improve
service efficiency and, more importantly, people’s lives. This expansion
has mostly been going on in other countries, especially in the UK and US.
But now, there is momentum in Canada. The presentation will provide
an overview of the main insights of this emerging field and describe several
Canadian policy examples across different subjects. I will take stock
at what role our government is now playing, conclude with comments about
the many apparent future opportunities behavioural economics holds but
also note some challenges and limitations that need to be considered.

Philip Oreopoulos is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the
University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of
California, at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of British Columbia.
He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and
Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. He has
held a previous visiting appointment at Harvard and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and is editor at the Journal of Labor Economics.
Dr. Oreopoulos’ current work focuses on the role education plays over
an individual’s lifetime, and how decisions around how much education
to get, how hard to work, and what to study are made. He is particularly
interested education policy, especially the application of behavioral
economics to education and child development, and he often examines this
field by initiating and implementing large-scale field experiments, with
the goal of producing convincing evidence for public policy decisions.

HHF Gala 2016 in support of Hellenic Studies at the University of Toronto

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation invites friends and supporters
to the 20th Annual Gala to be held on

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Theme: A Night in Plaka
6250 Highway 7, Vaughan, ON, L4H 4G3

Cocktails 7PM – Dinner 8PM

Since 1996, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has been
a key pillar in the preservation and integration of
Hellenic Culture and Heritage in Canada.

Every year, HHF hosts a fundraising gala to celebrate
their achievements, as well as to raise money for the organization,
enabling it to fund large scale charitable projects.

HHF is the major donor of
the recently established modern Greek studies curriculum
at the University of Toronto, within the
European Studies program of the Munk Centre of Global Affairs.
The vast majority of the proceeds in this Gala
will go to the support of the above program.
HHF was also the major donor of
the Chair of Modern Greek History at York University.

Tickets: $300 (or which about $200 will be charitable donation
with receipt that can be used in the CRA tax forms).

Donations: You can donate any amount (without necessarily
attending the Gala) and the full amount will be charitable donation
with receipt that can be used in the CRA tax forms).

Particular ways for individuals and companies to participate
and/or support the cause are found at
sponsor Hellenic Studies.
See page 6 of above document for simple donations – mark “unable to attend”,
and choose the donation amount of your choice, e.g. $20, $50, etc,
or, if you want to attend, choose the number of tickets.

See also case for support letter.

Further information:,,

Phone: (416) 447-7107, Email:

Distinguished Guest Speaker Series 2016

The Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) presents
a lecture by Professor Anthony Kaldellis,
Department of Classics, Ohio State University, on

Street Power in Byzantium: Why were the emperors so scared?”,
Friday, April 8, 2016, 7 PM,

at the Campbell Conference Room, Munk School of Global Affairs,
1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto.

Byzantium is commonly regarded as an absolute monarchy, even a theocracy,
where power was concentrated into the hands of the court and Church.
There were no legal ways for most people to participate in government.
And yet emperors sat very uneasily on the throne. Throughout
Byzantine history, there were hundreds of rebellions in the provinces,
plots at the court, and popular uprisings in Constantinople that aimed
to depose the sitting emperor, and many of them succeeded. Byzantine
politics was a series of civil wars, or attempts to prevent civil war by
appeasing constituencies, and the common people regularly and actively
took sides in this process. How then can we understand this tension
between theory and reality? Have we misunderstood the basis of Byzantine
politics all along? The lecture will discuss the ability of people to
topple or influence regimes, a dynamic that has been made vivid by
recent events in Madrid, Athens, and Cairo. All governments are
vulnerable when they are seen as having gone too far.

Brief bio:
Anthony Kaldellis is a Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University.
His PhD is in History from the University of Michigan (2001).
Raised in Athens by an American mother and father from Mytilene,
he came to the USA to study physics, but ended up a Byzantinist.
Professor Kaldellis has written extensively on many aspects of Byzantine
history, literature, and culture. His work has focused on the reception
of the classical tradition, including authors (/Procopius of Caesarea/),
genres (/Ethnography after Antiquity/), identities (/Hellenism in
Byzantium/), and monuments (/The Christian Parthenon/). His most recent
monograph proposes a new, Roman interpretation of the Byzantine
political sphere (/The Byzantine Republic: People and Power at New Rome/).
He has also translated many Byzantine texts, most recently the histories
of Prokopios, Michael Attaleiates, and Laonikos Chalkokondyles,
the last two for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library.

The event is free, but seating is limited, so please register.
Registration is free, but greatly helps us organize the event.

The lecture would not be made possible without the support of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation.

The audio of the lecture is available here.

Two lectures on the current political developments in Greece

The University of Toronto’s Hellenic Studies Program at
CERES / Munk School of Global Affairs is hosting Dr. Michalis Spourdalakis,
Professor of Political Science & Public Administration and
Dean of the School of Economics and Politics at the University of Athens,
for two lectures on the current political developments in Greece:

Lecture 1

Title: Political vs. Economic Crisis
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Venue: 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West


Most of the analyses see the current political crisis as a result
of the prolonged economic crisis which has resulted in a complete
rearrangement of the party system. However, my argument is that
the political crisis, either in a form of a crisis of representation
and/or in the form of the government centered relation between
state and society, preceded the economic one. In fact,
this is the reason that the policies which prevailed as a response
to the economic crisis were so unpopular and in effect further
fueled the political crisis. This is not the case only in Greece,
where this seminar will focus, but also in many other European countries.

Registration is free:

Lecture 2

Title: SYRIZA: From new Radicalism to New Realism
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12:30PM – 2:00PM
Venue: 208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, M5S 3K7


The seminar will present and analyze the origin and the unique strategy
of SYRIZA that elevated it from a small party of the left,
to the epicenter of the Greek political and party system,
and then to power. Many have argued that SYRIZA’s radicalism
has been transformed into a type of new party of realism
which has alienated it from its original orientation and identity.
This will be the second part of the seminar where the content and
the reasons for this alleged realism will be examined.

Registration is free:


Michalis Spourdalakis, has been teaching political sociology
as Professor in the Department of Political Science and
Public Administration, at the University of Athens, since 1991.
Since April 2014 he is also the Dean of the School of Economics
and Politics. He is director at the Laboratory of Political Communication
and Media Information at the University of Athens, Greece.
Before assuming his current position at the University of Athens,
he was Assistant Professor at Bishop’s University, Lennoxville,
Quebec, Canada; a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Social Science
and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); and
a Researcher at the National Center of Social Research, in Athens.
He is currently director of the Canadian Studies Center
at the University of Athens.