Professor Alexander Kitroeff will give an online lecture on the Greek Orthodox Church in America


History professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Alexander Kitroeff, will present an online lecture on the Greek Orthodox Church in America on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7 p.m.

The lecture is part of the seminars on Greek history and culture, offered by the Greek community of Melbourne.

The Greek Orthodox Church is the largest and most influential institution in the history of the Greek presence in the United States. In doing so, he distinguishes the dominant role of the Church in the life of Greek America from all other communities of the Greek diaspora in the world where community organizations (koinotites) are equally important.

This presentation is based on Kitroeff’s book The Greek Orthodox Church in America: A Modern History which explains how this hegemony was achieved under Archbishop Athenagoras in the 1930s and consolidated under Archbishop Iakovos in the 1970s and 1980s.

Alexander Kitroeff was born in Athens and educated in the UK where he obtained his doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford. He is currently a professor of history at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Source: Cosmos Philadelphia.

His research focuses on identity in Greece and its diaspora in a wide range of politics and sports, on which he has published numerous articles.

His most recent books are The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt (2019) and Greek Orthodoxy in America: A Modern History (2020).

He has also collaborated with the director Maria Iliou as a historical consultant in several documentary films including The Journey: The Greek Dream in America, Smyrna 1922: the destruction of a cosmopolitan city and Athens between East and West, 1821-1896 which is the first in a 5-part series on the city’s modern history.

Kitroeff is currently working on two book projects: a history of AHEPA, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association to mark the organization’s centennial in 2022, and a history of Greek-dining restaurants in America.

Key details:

When: April 14, 2022, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Professor Alexandre Kitroeff

Topic: The Greek Orthodox Church in America

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