Past Events

Lecture by Athanasios Gekas

Date: 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -
19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute in Greece, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Lecture by Athanasios Gekas (Assistant Professor, Hellenic Heritage Chair in Modern Greek History, Department of History, York University), Vanished States. A Regional Approach to the History of the Greek State in the Long Nineteenth Century (1798-1912)”

The recent controversy surrounding Greece has revived debates on the history of Greek state formation. In the past, historians and social scientists of Modern Greece suffered from the ‘backwardness syndrome’ - how ‘modern’ the Greek State was in comparison to European states - and placed too much emphasis on the ‘success’ of the nation-state after the revolution of 1821. The talk suggests that we think more broadly chronologically and conceptually to include various island states, now vanished, that formed and were gradually absorbed by the Greek Kingdom during the long nineteenth century: the Ionian State, the Principality of Samos and the Cretan Republic. A regional approach allows us to compare and contrast the various trajectories and regional histories of economies, institutions and identities and avoid a teleological and homogenizing approach to the formation of the Greek State. The history of these states explains the dependencies of Modern Greece to colonial empires (British, French, Russian) and the Ottoman Empire during a period of escalating antagonisms in the Mediterranean and stresses continuities instead of presumed radical breaks by showing the role of empire on Greek State formation.

Screening of a Canadian Film

Date: 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 -
19:30 to 21:00
Location: 
Canadian Institute in Greece, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Canadian Film: “Our Man in Tehran” (85 minutes; English; 2013)

"Our Man in Tehran" is a Canadian documentary directed by Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein that chronicles the true story of Canada's former ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, who was responsible for the high-risk rescue of six U.S. diplomats trapped in Iran. The film is Canada's response to the Hollywood feature "Argo" uncovering new information on the 1979 hostage crisis and adding ample valuable content.

The world watched with fear in November 1979, when Iranian students infiltrated and occupied the American embassy in Tehran. The Americans were caught entirely by surprise, and what began as a swift and seemingly short-lived takeover evolved into a crisis that would see fifty four embassy personnel held hostage, most for 444 days. As Tehran exploded in a fury of revolution, six American diplomats secretly escaped. For three months, Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran—along with his wife and embassy staffers—concealed the Americans in their homes, always with the prospect that the revolutionary government of Ayatollah Khomeini would exact deadly consequences. The United States found itself handcuffed by a fractured, fundamentalist government it could not understand and had completely underestimated. With limited intelligence resources available on the ground and anti-American sentiment growing, President Carter turned to Taylor to work with the CIA in developing their exfiltration plans. Until now, the true story behind Taylor’s involvement in the escape of the six diplomats and the Eagle Claw commando raid has remained classified.

"OCHI" DAY

Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (All day)
Event Description: 

The Institute will remain closed today for the "Ochi" Day holiday.

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Lecture by James Horncastle

Date: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -
19:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute in Greece, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Lecture by James Horncastle, (PhD Candidate, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University), Temperature Falling: The Greek Civil War and the Origins of the Cold War”

Traditional examinations of the Cold War usually encompass any political development in the immediate post-Second World War period until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the linkages between the Greek Civil War and the Cold War have often been obscured, or portrayed in binary terms, which detracts from the analytical process. Upon critical examination of the available source material, however, it becomes clear that the Greek Civil War was not only the first proxy war during the Cold War, but also the arena where what would become the two opposing blocs defined their own identities. In so doing, the Greek Civil War helped to shape many of the major dynamics of what would become the Cold War.

SUMMER HOLIDAY

Date: 
Friday, August 1, 2014 (All day) to Friday, August 29, 2014 (All day)
Event Description: 

The Institute's offices and library will remain closed this month for the annual summer recess. (Our accommodations operate as normal.)

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PENTECOST

Date: 
Monday, June 9, 2014 (All day)
Event Description: 

The Institute will remain closed today for the Pentecost holiday.

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Art Exhibition by Chris Stewart

Date: 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 -
19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute in Greece, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

The Athens Association of Friends of CIG presents the opening of an exhibition of fine art by Chris Stewart, "Αντίο κι ευχαριστώ για τα ψάρια."

 

"Αντίο και ευχαριστώ για τα ψάρια" is a look back at how Greece has influenced my art. This show is a tribute to this country where I have lived, and where I have fed off of the inspiration that is found everywhere. Greece is a country that has inspired me, both directly and indirectly, to create art that I am very proud of. This collection examines living all of the seasons in Athens, learning from the people and the environment, and simply being in Greece.

The material of this show is varied; mixed media, photography, and fine art collide. I believe that this is the very attitude one can find in Greece, the old, new, and even the future coming together. To the people of Greece I can only say “Ευχαριστώ”.

Chris Stewart is a Canadian artist living abroad. When he tells people that he’s an artist, the first question out of their mouths is “what kind of artist?” This most often leads to a conversation that lasts at least forty-five minutes.

His initial training was studying animation, eventually working at an animation studio for over five years, honing his skills as an artist, editor and photographer. During this time, Chris also started a fun little website dedicated to his love of candy. This website, www.candycritic.org, quickly became a huge success on the Internet, garnering attention from many national newspapers, magazines and television shows.

After his years at the animation studio, Chris ventured off (with his lovely wife Allison) to pursue his own artistic interests. He started his own photography business (www.bewarethecheese.com) and continued to work on Candy Critic. He also managed to fit the time in to earn a degree in Communications at Carleton University.

Chris and Allison live in Athens, Greece where he continues to work on his artistic projects. These include writing a book, working on photography, and exploring all of the inspirations Greece has to offer.

Annual Open Meeting & Prof. Dimitri Nakassis

Date: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 -
19:00 to 20:30
Location: 
Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, Parthenonos 14-16
Event Description: 

Dr David W. Rupp, "The activities of the Institute, 2013-2014"

Prof. Dimitri Nakassis, "Cities and Thrones and Powers: Rethinking the End of Mycenaean Civilization"

Art Exhibition by Pascaline Bossu

Date: 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 -
19:30 to 21:30
Location: 
Canadian Institute in Greece, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

The Athens Association of Friends of CIG presents the opening of an exhibition of fine art by Pascaline Bossu, "Nature & Paysage - intensités grecques."

 

L’exposition présente une série de dessins à la sanguine, pastels et encres sur le thème des paysages et de la flore grecs. Pascaline Bossu est particulièrement inspirée par les paysages de montagne où la végétation est plus dense, pins, oliviers, platanes expriment une force naturelle, les orchidées sauvages se découvrent avec surprise lors de belles randonnées.

Française originaire de Lorraine, Pascaline Bossu a étudié les arts appliqués à Strasbourg et à Paris, à l'École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Olivier de Serres. Pascaline a découvert la Grèce très jeune, elle a passé toutes ses vacances d'été sur l'île de Thassos. Depuis 2000 elle vit à Athènes et travaille comme graphiste, décoratrice et artiste.

En 2003, elle crée l'Atelier Coccinelle à Athènes où elle donne des cours d'arts plastiques aux enfants et aux adultes. Elle organise également des stages de dessin en Grèce et collabore depuis 10ans avec le Musée Herakleidon. Elle crée des costumes, body painting et décors et mise en scène pour le théâtre. Pascaline Bossu réalise également des projets de décoration et des peintures murales.

En 2010, « KOKKINO HOME » show-room ouvre ses portes : dans une maison de 280 m2 en bordure de mer à Rafina, des atmosphères multiethniques illustrent l'univers artistique de Pascaline. Elle réalise la décoration du golf de Glyfada sur le thème des paysages grecs, un projet pour le Sofitel de l’aéroport d’Athènes, et la décoration pour un festival marocain à l’hôtel St Georges Lycabeth. En 2012, elle réalise la décoration des 36 magasins de Coco-mat sur le thème des costumes traditionnels marocains.

MAY DAY

Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014 (All day)
Event Description: 

The Institute will remain closed today for the May Day holiday.

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