On Tuesday, February 12th, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columba released its annual Agora publication.
This volume of Agora profiles the summer 2018 Rebooting the Greek Language workshop, highlights how the SNF New Media Lab has joined an effort to help preserve endangered First Nations languages, and recaps the year’s seminars on topics ranging from the Byzantine Empire in film to the reception of Vergil in Greece. It also includes a reflection by SFU student Tiffany Van Winkoop on her experience as an intern at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens.
Established in 2011 through a significant grant from the Foundation, the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at SFU promotes Modern Greek language learning as the core of a broader mission of studying and advocating for Hellenism. It supports the university’s Hellenic Studies program in offering undergraduate courses, and its SNF New Media Lab focuses on preserving and teaching languages.
The SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies publication shares a name—“Agora”—with Johns Hopkins University’s new hub for open and inclusive discourse, the SNF Agora Institute. Both names nod to the space for public debate and conversation that was at the heart of the city-state’s democratic life in ancient Athens. That same spirit of open discussion, exchange, and knowledge-sharing prompts SNF’s collaboration with leading educational institutions like Simon Fraser University and Johns Hopkins University. At the latest installment of SNF’s monthly DIALOGUES series, acting director of Simon Fraser University’s SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies Dimitris Krallis joined the conversation.