New Dimensions of 1821 Online Conference Continues November 12-13

SACRAMENTO, CA – New Dimensions of 1821 concludes with Part 2 of the online conference on November 12-13, 9 AM PST, with a celebratory symposium. Panels on Law & Lawlessness, Religion & Millets, the Italian/Mediterranean/European dimension, the Russian dimension, Cultural Representations of the Revolution, and Philhellenism as a Literary Movement will address the many dimensions of 1821 and their resonance.

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, is scheduled for March 26, 2022, and 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).

New Dimensions of 1821 began with a lecture on November 4 with Professor Alexander Kitroeff of Haverford College speaking about “Greek America’s Commemorations of 1821: the Role of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese from 1922 to the Present.”

Consul General of Greece in San Francisco Socrates Sourvinos gave the introductory remarks for the lecture which was held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center in Sacramento and included a musical performance by Angelica Whaley and the Orestis Koletsos Ensemble.

Dr. Katerina Lagos, Professor of History and Director of the Hellenic Studies Program at California State University, Sacramento, organized the events along with her colleagues at the Modern Greek and Hellenic Studies Program at the University of California Berkeley, the Department of Classics at Stanford University, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture at UCLA.

The online conference began on November 5-6 with Part 1 focusing on History and Politics. California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandra Papadopoulou offered welcoming remarks to open the conference.

Register online for Part 2 of the conference: https://bit.ly/3kk4PUX.

More information about New Dimensions of 1821 is available online: https://dimensionsof1821.com/.


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