11 MARCH 2020 / SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Frasier University Releases Annual Publication

“It was an absolute pleasure to work in such a friendly and supportive environment with so many experienced and talented officers,” says Simon Fraser University undergraduate Kyra Mainer of her experience interning at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s (SNF) Athens office.

Mainer is profiled and quoted in the latest issue of Agora, the annual publication of Simon Fraser’s SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies.

Volume 7 of Agora was released today.

The publication discusses the work of the SNF New Media Lab, notably Rebooting the Greek Language, which hopes to revitalize Greek language learning in diaspora communities. The project, supported by SNF, seeks to engage young Greek learners with story-driven and game-based language courses delivered through a suite of apps. The feature in Agora highlights the critical role of interns who traveled from Greece to Canada in creating the courses, noting that for some of the interns, their involvement in the project has led to opportunities with Canadian tech companies.

Mainer also detailed the opportunities her own internship at SNF’s Athens office offered. “As an intern in the Programs Department, I got to see a side of Greece not experienced by most tourists, visiting elementary schools, hospitals, nautical clubs, an elderly care homes, as well as the centre for Cerebral Palsy Greece and a school for visually-impaired children. I was fortunate enough to participate in a Special Olympics Unified Schools event as well as the gallery opening for ARTogether, an exhibit bringing together the work of disabled artists and Greek poets.”

Present throughout this volume of Agora is the memory of Dr. André Gerolymatos, past Director of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies, who passed away last spring. Dr. Gerolymatos’s tireless efforts were instrumental in making the Centre, and by extension Simon Fraser University, one of the foremost contributors to the field of Hellenic studies. His work was integral to ensuring that it would have the human capital to make it a lasting dynamo of research and pedagogy. Agora notes the long and meaningful partnership Dr. Gerolymatos and SNF shared.