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Paintings by Constantine Arvanites for The Greek Institute
THE MISSION OF THE GREEK INSTITUTE IS TO CREATE A GREATER AWARENESS & UNDERSTANDING OF THE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF GREEK CULTURE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT.

UPCOMING EVENTS | 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Due to the recent state of emergency in Massachusetts with regard to Coronavirus, The Greek Institute has implemented the following measures: 

  • Several events will be rescheduled to a later date. Please see below and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
  • To students: all classes will be held online until further notice and delivered via ZOOM. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 617.547.4770 or send e-mail to: greekinst@verizon.net.
  • We will provide updates on our website and via Facebook for schedules and classes. 
JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST ONLINE CONCERT EVENT! |
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH ~ 1:00pm EDT
 
The Greek Institute & The Autumn Salon will Present The Pharos Ensemble featuring Greek music from Asia Minor. We are happy to announce a new collaboration with The Autumn Salon and Christos Vayanas, who has been experimenting with online modalities to present high-quality artists and musicians. This is our first online concert event in a series of three that we will be announcing here, on Facebook and Twitter.
 
The minimum registration is $10.00. All additional donations will go to The Greek Institute and are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. 
 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONCERT EVENT. We hope to see you tomorrow! 
 
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THE FOURTH CYCLE OF GREEK LANGUAGE CLASSES | MAY 11 - JULY 17, 2020
For updated information and to register online, please CLICK HERE
 
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TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR THE FALL/WINTER

READING | OUR 3rd CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF POETRY!

We are very happy to announce that our beloved George Kalogeris, local poet and professor of English at Suffolk University will host the evening! This event is free and open to the public. 

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CONCERT EVENT | LAZO ~ AN ANCIENT SOUND FOR A NEW WORLD

The Greek Institute in collaboration with Manos are pleased to present acclaimed Pontian lyra player, LAZO who has been a featured guest by Greek-Canadian guitarist Pavlo across the US and Canada in a massively successful public television presentation of Pavlo's concert filmed in Kastoria. He has performed in Boston already, and this will be his first solo debut!

The concert will be a combination of modern compositions, cross-over interpretations and traditional Greek music. Experience "The Last Rose" an original composition by LAZO Here

 

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READING | IN MEMORIAM, KIKI DEMOULA

Join us in remembering Kiki Demoula, one of Greece's greatest modern Greek poets. George Kalogeris will host an evening of readings of her works in both Greek and English. This event is free and open to the public.

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GALLERY EXHIBIT & SALE | MEMBERS' MULTI-MEDIA EXHIBITION 

The Gallery at The Greek Institute will be open to the public for a unique multi-media exhibition of Greek Institute members who are acclaimed artists, including, Constantine Arvanites, Melissa Johnson, Catherine Kernan and more! All proceeds from art sold will go toward the 1038 restoration fund. 

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CONCERT EVENT | THE PHAROS ENSEMBLE FEATURING SOKRATIS SINOPOULOS

The Greek Institute is pleased to be a co-sponsor for this concert event featuring the Politiki Lyra and the acclaimed Sokratis Sinopoulos with traditional music from Constantinople and Smyrna. 

Location: The First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street.

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FEATURE

IN MEMORIAM: KIKI DEMOULA ~ George Kalogeris

The measure of Kiki Dimoula’s greatness is in the luminosity with which her verses articulate obscurity as the source of their lyric conviction. Everywhere in her poetry one encounters the austerity and richness of a discipline that both affirms and disenchants the protean gift that holds it in thrall. Consider this early poem, in which her signature style, the modest scale as well as the laconic inflections, but also the almost transcendent insistence on self-erasure, are set out in stark formulation:

 
Draw a word out of the night
at random.
An entire night at random.
Don’t say “entire,”
say “tiny,”
which releases you.
Tiny sensation,
entire 
sadness
all mine.
An entire night.
 
(Tr. by Cecile Inglessis Margellos and Rika Lesser)
 
Note the offhand mordant wit of the line break in: “Draw a word out of the night / at random.” Here’s the dark night of the soul distilled through sheer verbal precision and the tiny aperture of “tiny.” And that is followed by the felicity and the forlornness of: Entire / sadness / all mine. “All mine” as the poem is all ours in the recognition of our own existential being, as mutual isolates in human sadness. And finally the closing repetition of “An entire night.” The line now a full stopped full sentence—the clear-eyed sentence of our fatal occlusion. The period resisting closure, even as what it leaves unspoken will keep the hermetic seal of the poem unbroken and thereby preserve the uncanny force of the revelation. In Emily Dickinson’s poem, “The Loneliness One Dare not Sound,” the ending lines, to my ear sound a measured antiphonal response across the lyric luminous obscure to Dimoula’s poem:
 
I fear me this—is Loneliness-
The Maker of the soul
Its Caverns and its Corridors
Illuminate or seal. 
 
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AVAILABLE AT THE GREEK INSTITUTE 

Coffee Table Book of Photographs by Richard Moore: Athens Twice Seen

Athens Twice Seen ~ A beautiful coffee-table book of photographs of Athens that has been on exhibit at The Greek Institute this past fall. The photo book is available for purchase for $28.00 at The Greek Institute. For more information contact us at: Greekinst@verizon.net. To see the book click here: Athens Twice Seen.

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A glimpse of some of the embroideries and costumes the family of Doreen Canaday Spitzer (1914-2010), well known American Philhellene, recently donated to the Greek Institute.
 
See Notes on Greek Culture from the Greek Institute on:
 
 

BECOME A MEMBER | AN EASY WAY TO SUPPORT THE GREEK INSTITUTE! 

 
When you become a Member of The Greek Institute, you are entitled to discounts on classes, products, events, and will receive special announcements. Donate at any level!
 
All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
 
 

"AMAZON SMILE" | AN EASY WAY TO SUPPORT THE GREEK INSTITUTE! 

When you shop on Amazon, simply go to "Amazon Smile" and choose The Greek Institute. Amazon automatically donates a % of your purchases to The Greek Institute at no cost to you! 

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