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About The Center

The Center for Hellenic Studies serves as a nucleus of activities concerned with Hellenic language, history and culture, political life, social issues, economy. With the study of Greece and Hellenism the Center aspires to educate and nurture students with the values of Hellenic civilization. It also aims to form strong bonds between the University and the Greek-American communities of Long Island and New York, and establish connections and interactions with educational and academic institutions in Greece.


An endowed Faculty position is associated with the Center:

- Peter V. Tsantes Endowed Professorship in Hellenic Studies, with focus in language and literature

Two Scholarships are also associated with the Center:

- Tsantes Family Endowed Scholarship to Study Abroad in Greece

- Evangelos and Foteini Tsirka Endowed Scholarship



Styliani-Anna (Stella) E. Tsirka, PhD

Acting Director, Center for Hellenic Studies


Nikolaos (Nikos) Panou, PhD

Director, Hellenic Studies minor