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SNF Public Humanities Initiative convenes past and new awardees in Greece

Jul 04, 2022
Columbia University’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) recently brought together its 2020 and 2022 cohorts of awardees in Athens at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The event provided an opportunity to exchange ideas on how best to bring humanities insights to life for the public in Greece and how to establish accessible spaces for collaborating and sharing knowledge.

2022 projects include efforts to give voice to people incarcerated in Corfu, spotlight a Northern Greece village that’s home to a deeply rooted Black community, engage Athens high schoolers in an expansive urban game related to Hadrian’s aqueduct, and more.

2020 projects guided young people in the diverse Athens neighborhood of Victoria Square in turning oral histories into a hip-hop album, attempted to capture the sounds of folk song and weather on the island of Tinos through the traditional art of weaving, and more.

Established in 2019 with exclusive support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), SNFPHI aims create a collaborative bridge across the Atlantic, activating latent creative potential in Greece while drawing on the intellectual traditions of one of the United States’ premier research universities. The result is innovative projects that engage the public in new ways of approaching, discussing, and acting on ideas about the world around us. The Initiative works in partnership with Columbia’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination, for which SNF has also provided support.