Tornos news | Greek Community of Melbourne Launches Orthodox Church in America Seminar


History professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Alexander Kitroeff, will present an online lecture on the Greek Orthodox Church in America, Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 7 p.m., as part of the Seminars on History and Greek culture, offered by the Greek community of Melbourne, reports.

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 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 received his doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford. He is currently a professor of history at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. 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 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 of a 5-part series on the modern history of the city. 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 the history of Greek restaurants in America.

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

Speaker: Professor Alexander Kitroeff

Subject: The Greek Orthodox Church in America

Online platforms: Facebook and Youtube


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