The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles has announced an exciting slate of fall events, including lectures, a Greek book club, and a theater performance.
The events, some of which will take place in Greek and others in English, kick off on October 6.
Highlights include “Patrick Leigh Fermor: The Man and the Legend,” an October 27 lecture about the beloved British travel writer who participated in the Cretan resistance in the Second World War and made his home in Greece. That home in Kardamyli, noted for its beauty, was donated to the Benaki Museum upon his death, was renovated with leading support from SNF, and recently reopened to the public.
The fall season will close with performances of the The Lady of Ro, based on the life of Despina Achladioti, who aided Greek special forces in World War Two and is renowned for having raised a Greek flag over her tiny islet near the Turkish coast every day for more than half a century.
In 2017, a $5 million grant from SNF established and endowed the SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture at UCLA. The Center was conceptualized as an academic and cultural hub reaching beyond the bounds of the university and engaging Southern California’s considerable Greek community.