Greek Independence Celebration
|When||March 24, 2013 - Starts at 3:30 pm|
|Where||(National Hellenic Museum) 333 S Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois 60661|
|Transit||Walking distance from the CTA Blue Line at UIC-Halsted, and CTA Bus Route 8 – Halsted.|
|Parking||Privately managed parking lots are available within walking distance of the Museum.|
|Cost||Free with Museum Admission.|
Join us and UIC Professor Dean Kostantaras for a presenation on Greek Independence!
When news of a revolution in Greece reached the shores of the United States, the American public quickly expressed its support for the Greek cause. Expressions of support were also soon heard from members of the U.S. government, as witnessed by the speeches of high-ranking figures reaching up to and including those of President Monroe himself. However, for all its encouraging and sympathetic words for the Greek rebels, the American government found it difficult to fashion a policy toward the revolution that went beyond the mere expression of moral support. In addition, therefore, to describing the extent of the American public’s interest in the Greek bid for independence, the lecture will discuss the factors that complicated the official government response to the crisis. Listeners will thus gain an interesting picture of the challenges facing both Greece and the United States at this critical juncture of their histories.
Professor Dean Konstantaras Biography
Dean Kostantaras is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at Northwestern University and a Lecturer in the Departments of Classics and Mediterranean Studies and History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His publications include the monograph Infamy and Revolt: The Rise of the National Problem in Early Modern Greek Thought (New York 2006) and research articles published or forthcoming in European History Quarterly, Nations and Nationalism, The Journal of Early Modern History and the European Review of History. He is currently at work on a new book which analyzes the rise of national movements in Greece, Europe and the European colonial world over the period 1789-1848.