Two Events Commemorating
the 200th Anniversary of the Beginning of
the Greek the War for Independence in 1821
Rhigas Pheraios: A Man For All Epochs
by S. Victor Papacosma
S. Victor Papacosma will give this lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 18, via ZOOM. A link will be sent out a week prior.
As a protomartyr for the Greek War of Independ-ence, which broke out more than twenty years after his death in 1798, Rhigas Pheraios played a critical role in the development of Greek nationalism. His writings not only inspired but also guided Greeks in their revolution-ary struggle to overthrow Ottoman Turkish rule. More generally, however, one should also view Rhigas with a broader lens to bring attention to his ideas that are still relevant for societies in the 21st century. The principles in his revolutionary proclamation, declaration of the rights of men, and political constitution were markedly universal in their call for democracy and for societies based on fairness and justice. Rhigas is therefore very much a man for all epochs.
S. Victor Papacosma is Professor Emeritus of History and Director Emeritus of the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies at Kent State University, where he taught for 42 years. He received his A.B. from Bowdoin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. He has published extensively on Balkan issues, particularly on twentieth-century and contemporary Greek politics and security issues. Among his publications are The Military in Greek Poli-tics: The 1909 Coup d’État, which also appeared in Greek translation, Politics and Culture in Greece, and ten coedited volumes of Lemnitzer Center conference proceedings. He served as an officer of the Modern Greek Studies Associa-tion and as its Executive Director for ten years until 2014. Since retiring to Maine, he has been actively involved in the Midcoast Senior College.
The Greek Revolution -1821
Documentary & Discussion March 18
Join us on February 18th at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the documentary The Greek Revolution—1821 originally seen on Greek SKAI TV. A week prior to the discussion, the link to the film will be sent out.
To tell its story, the filmmakers employed old illustrations and maps, contemporary video footage shot in Greece, re-enactments, and interviews with scholars. The roots of the conflict, and the subse-quent lengthy war, are explained in detail. For addi-tional information see “Greece under Ottoman Rule’ in Britannica at: https://www.britannica.com/place/Greece/Greece-under-Ottoman-rule
HSoM will search for relevant 1821 content that may be released from sources in Greece closer to the actual holiday date — March 25. Stay tuned!