New Dimensions of 1821 integrates scholarly, artistic, and community-oriented components in order to highlight the Greek War of Independence as a multi-dimensional event. The scholarly component is centered on the celebratory symposium New Dimensions of 1821. Scholars from American, Canadian, Greek, and European institutions will discuss the Greek War of Independence both as a historical event that resonated across national borders and as an academic object that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Makriyannis Unplugged, a theatrical performance based on the memoirs of General Makriyannis, will explore the last 200 years of Greek history from local and universal perspectives. The entire project is the result of collaboration between public and private academic, artistic, and community institutions and organizations that stretch across the state of California: Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, Sacramento State University, and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


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November 4, 2021

Professor Alexander Kitroeff of Haverford College will be speaking on “Greek America’s Commemorations of 1821: the Role of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese from 1922 to the Present”

Introductory remarks: Consul General of Greece in San Francisco, Socrates Sourvinos

  • Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center, 616 Alhambra Blvd
  • Musical performance by Angelica Whaley and the Orestis Koletsos Ensemble 
  • Hors d’œuvres and refreshments
  • Tickets: $25.00 per person or $175.00 for a table of 8

Video recordings

New Dimensions of 1821: Musical performance by Angelica Whaley and the Orestis Koletsos Essemble
New Dimensions of 1821: Keynote Lecture by Alexander Kitroeff

Alexander Kitroeff

I was born in Athens, Greece in 1955 and completed all my high school and university studies in the United Kingdom. After doing my national service in Greece I moved to the United States in 1986 to pursue an academic career. I taught at the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Center at Queens College, the Hellenic Studies Program at Princeton University, the History Department at Temple University, the History Department and the Onassic Center for Hellenic Studies at New York University, and began teaching at Haverford College in 1996. 

My research and publishing focuses on nationalism and ethnicity in modern Greece and its diaspora, and its manifestations across a broad spectrum, from politics to sports.

Socrates Sourvinos

Angelica Whaley and the Orestis Koletsos Ensemble


For more information, contact Dr. Katerina Lagos at: klagos@csus.edu 



November 5 to 6 and 12 to 13, 2021

This conference, to be held online as part of the bicentennial commemoration of the Greek War of Independence. It will be an exploration of the many kinds of connections between the Greek War of Independence itself and developments and actors to the East and West. The Greek Kingdom that was established out of the War of Independence was a new state-formation, and one that blended aspects of old and new regimes of the moment. As we view the story of the War of Independence as a process that bridged Greek life and society under the Ottomans and the achievement of Greek statehood we will consider it through the Russian, Balkan, Ottoman, Italian, and broader European lenses. What was unique about the Greek War of Independence? What did it–as a conflict, as a process, and as an outcome–have in common with the political and social currents in the broader regions to which it was connected?



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Please note: The United States is currently only Daylight Savings time and all of the panels for Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th are on Pacific Time which is 7 hours behind London and 9 hours behind Athens.

For the weekend of November 12th/13th, Pacific time will be 8 hours behind London and 10 hours behind Athens.

Friday, November 5th

Welcome: Christine Philliou
9:00 AM (PDT)

Introductory remarks: Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis and Ambassador of Greece, H.E. Alexandra Papadopoulou

Eleni Kounalakis

H.E. Alexandra Papadopoulou

Keynote: Paschalis Kitromilides (University of Athens)

Keynote lecture: “The Greek Revolution and Theories of Revolution”
9:30-10:00 AM (PDT)

Panel One: Law and lawlessness (Christine Philliou, Moderator)
10:00 – 11:30 AM (PDT)

  1. Apostolos Delis (Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno) – “A Hub of Piracy in the Aegean: Syros during the Greek War of Independence” 
  2. Michael Sotiropoulos (British School of Athens) – “The intellectual foundations of the Greek Revolution of 1821”  
  3. Will Smiley (University of New Hampshire) – “The violence of the Greek war of independence is legendary”

Saturday, November 6th

Introductory remarks: Consul General of Greece in San Francisco, Socrates Sourvinos
9:00 AM (PDT)

Panel Two: Religion and millets (Christine Philliou, Moderator)
9:00 – 10:30 AM (PDT)

  1. Emily Neumeier (Temple University) – “Improvising Political Identity in Ottoman Greece” 
  2. Dimitris Stamatopoulos (University of Macedonia) – “The Ecumenical Patriarchs in the Age of Revolution”
  3. Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Panteion) and Ali Yaycioglu (Stanford) – “1821 and the Ottoman Age of Revolutions: Magnates and Their Regional Orders”

Panel Three: Italian/Mediterranean/European dimension: (Katerina Lagos, Moderator)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (PDT)

  1. Konstantina Zanou (Columbia University) – “The Greek Revolution from the Shores”
  2. Alex Tipei (University of Montreal) – “Civilization and Nation: Rhetorical Strategies of Independence after the Greek War” 
  3. Elpida Vogli (Democritus University of Thrace) – “The Politics of Belonging and the Emergence of a Modern Nation State in Southeastern Europe” 

Part II: Friday/Saturday, November 12 – 13th

Friday, November 12th

Introductory remarks: Hellenic Minister of Justice, Kostas Tsiaras
9:00 AM (PDT)

Panel Four: Russian dimension: (Victoria Frede-Montemayor, UC Berkeley, Moderator)
10:00 – 11:30 AM (PDT)

  1. Ada Dialla (Athens School of Fine Arts) – “Uprisings, Rebellions, Revolutions, Civic Wars: Conceptual Oscillations in the European Periphery” 
  2. Lucien Frary (Rider University) – “The Myth and Reality of Russian Intervention and the Greek War of Independence”
  3. Viktor Taki (Edmonton) – “Between Greeks and Romanians: Russian Policy in Moldavia and Wallachia in the Wake of 1821”

Saturday, November 13th

Panel Five: Cultural Representations of the Revolution (Simos Zenios, Moderator)
9:00 – 10:30 AM (PDT)

  1. Vasiliki Dimoula (University of Vienna) – “Drawing on the ‘Curtain of Futurity’: Hegel, Zambelios, and Shelley on the meaning of the Revolution”
  2. Foteini Dimirouli (University of Oxford)  – “’Kleftika’ as a window into the prerevolutionary society”
  3. Marios Hatzopoulos (University of Nicosia) – “Counting down time for Revolution”

Panel Six: Literature and Language (Eva Prionas, Moderator)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (PDT)

  1. Alexander Grammatikos (Langara College) – “Lord Byron’s Two Trips to Greece”
  2. Simos Zenios (UCLA) – “Testing and Contesting Power in Philhellenic Thought and Literature”
  3. Ewa Roza Janion (University of Warsaw) – “Literary Outlooks on Greek Women’s Captivity. Polish Philhellenic Literature in European Contexts”

Closing thoughts: Eleni Angelomatis-Tsougarakis (Ionian University)



Theatrical performance

March 26, 2022

Makriayannis Unplugged

UCLA will host the world premiere of the theatrical production Makriyannis Unplugged, a work created and directed by the award-winning actor and director Yorgos Karamihos. Makriyannis Unplugged adapts selected passages from the memoirs of General Makriyannis, in order to provide an artistic rendering of major events from the history of the Greek nation in the last two centuries. Two performances –the first in Greek and the second in English– will take place. The production will then travel to Canada, Greece, and Europe.