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Preservation of American Hellenic History

Helen Papanikolas: a Symposium


"A versatile writer, Helen Zeese Papanikolas produced local knowledge about the region in various capacities. As a folklorist, ethno-historian, family biographer, fiction writer, editor, archivist, consultant, and public speaker, she made a vast contribution to ethnic studies as well as to regional institutions." (Yiorgos Anagnostou, "Helen Papanikolas as a Humanist: Immigrants, 'Contact Zones,' and Empathy in the American West." Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 20/21 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2004-05), 147-173.)


The symposium is scheduled for Thursday, 5 March 2009, with an afternoon session of papers and an evening keynote speech.


The afternoon session of papers will be held on the campus of the University of Utah, in the Auditorium (CTIHB 109) of the new Tanner Humanities Building (with adjacent visitor parking). The evening keynote address and reception will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on the corner of Third South and Third West in Salt Lake City.

Who are the Organizers?

The symposium will be co-sponsored by the Utah Humanities Council (as a funding source); the Hellenic Cultural Association; the Tanner Humanities Center and the Department and Languages and Literature, University of Utah.

Who will be the Keynote Speaker?

The keynote speaker will be Professor Yiorgos Anagnostou, Ohio State University, who is at present the foremost authority on Helen Papanikolas and hermany contributions to several disciplines. His articles include:

Tentative Schedule of Events for the Symposium

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