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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.

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Fellowship Opportunities for Students:

- 2022-2023 Panhellenic Scholarship application. The deadline is January 31, 2023

- 2023 AHEPA Educational Foundation Scholarship application. The deadline is March 31st, 2023

- The Journey of Greek- and Cypriot-American Immigrants Competition

Supported by AHEPA Port Jefferson Chapter 319, District #6

The Center for Hellenic Studies is pleased to announce the 3rd annual essay competition, which focuses on documenting the experiences and history of people of Greek and Cypriot descent who immigrated to the US in the first half of the twentieth century, and who settled on Long Island, NY. The competition is open to all students. Students enrolled in the Hellenic Studies minor, or in Modern Greek classes are encouraged to participate.

The participants are expected to interview five senior Greek and Cypriot residents of Long Island and document how they were received and blended into the American culture, learned the language, and became established in the community as citizens of the United States. Correlations could be drawn to the current immigration environment. Access to senior Greek and Cypriot residents of Long Island will be facilitated by the AHEPA Chapter.

The essays will be submitted to the Center of Hellenic Studies. A committee of faculty will review the submissions and select the winners of the competition, who will receive an award of $1,000 sponsored by the AHEPA Port Jefferson Chapter 319, District #6.

Timeline (specific dates will be determined):

January 2023 – Announcement of the competition

March 2023 – Deadline to submit the essays

April 2023 – Announcement of the winner of the competition

May 2023 – Award ceremony

The faculty associated with the Center for Hellenic Studies (Prof. Stella Tsirka and Maria Athanasopoulou) are available  to advise, help and support the students as they conduct their research and prepare their essays. Students may register for EUR487 Independent Project in European Studies upon consultation with the faculty. Please contact Prof. Stella Tsirka ( for details and clarifications.


Events 2022-2023

Spring 2023

- Monday February 27 at 6pm

Sarah Baxter, Director of Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, Stony Brook University

- Dr. Fevronia Soumakis, Modern Greek Program, Queens College

- Dr. Kostas Hatzidimitriou, American Hellenic Institute Foundation

- Dr. George Koullias, Stony Brook University

- Greek Film weekend




Events 2021-2022




Thank you Dr. Maria Athanasopoulou for creating this year's (2021-2022) Center for Hellenic Studies Newsletter!




- Christos P. Ioannides, Director of the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Queens College




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Greek Independence Day Celebration

The Stony Brook University Greek and Cypriot Student Association hosted a celebration for the Greek Independence day. What a wonderful celebration it was, with music, dances, food and Hellenic and Cypriot pride! Beautifully done!

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Center for Hellenic Studies Dedication Ceremony

On October 18, 2017, we celebrated the official opening of the Center for Hellenic Studies. Mr. Peter V. Tsantes and his family and all the friends of the Center participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Students from the Greek and Cypriot Student Association danced and sang. Activities of the Center will be housed in the Humanities 1052 room.


Grateful to Peter V. Tsantes and family

The Center for Hellenic Studies is grateful to Mr. Peter V. Tsantes and his family for their generosity and their support. The establishment of the Tsantes Endowed Professorship (supporting Prof. Nikos Panou) strengthened the Center for Hellenic Studies, aiming to promote, study and disseminate Hellenic civilization, culture, history, socioeconomics, language, and literature.

Mr. and Mrs. Tsantes, Prof. Panou with President Stanley, Provost Bernstein and Dean Kopp Tsantes family, Prof. Panou with AFGLCNYTsantesFamily students

Mr. Tsantes followed up with another generous gift to the Center for Hellenic Studies which supports the establishment of a dedicated space for the Center as well as ongoing operation and events of the Center, including the dispersion of knowledge on Hellenism and pursuit of scholarship, encouragement of student engagement and participation, and the engagement in community activities.