Celebrating 50 years of the Department of Modern Greek at the University of Sydney


The Department of Modern Greek at the University of Sydney has announced a special event as part of the 42nd Greek Festival of Sydney Program, marking its 50th anniversary milestone.

Established with a generous donation from Sir Nicolas Laurantus, the department has been a pillar of Greek language and culture education in Australia’s tertiary sector for five decades.

The event, titled “50 Years of the Department of Modern Greek in Sydney University,” will be a highlight of the festival, showcasing the importance of Greek language and culture in the Australian academic landscape.

Among the distinguished academics who will speak at the event are Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies at the University of Sydney; Associate Professor Anthony Dracopoulos, Chair, Discipline of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies, School of Languages and Cultures; Dr Alfred Vincent, Honorary Research Associate, University of Sydney; Dr Panayota Nazou, former member (and Chairperson) of academic and educational committees at the University of Sydney.

Additionally, past presidents and students from the Sydney University Greek Society (SUGS) will join the celebration, highlighting the enduring impact of Greek language and culture on the university community.

Harry Danalis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW (GOCNSW), expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, “This milestone is a testament to our commitment to preserving and promoting Greek heritage and education. We look forward to celebrating this achievement with our esteemed guests and the wider community.”

The event is a testament to the enduring legacy of Greek language and culture, emphasising their profound importance in Australia’s multicultural fabric and academic discourse.

Event Details:

  • What: 50 Years of the Department of Modern Greek in Sydney University
  • When: Sunday 14 April 2024 | 3:00 pm
  • Venue: Chau Chak Wing Museum, University Place, Camperdown NSW 2050
  • Free event: Bookings essential via https://trybooking.com/COTCP

For more information on the programme and to book tickets to selected events, please visit www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au




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