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Through the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI), the Institute supports public-facing humanities endeavors in Greece and collaborates with other Columbia University programs to connect the field of Hellenic Studies with a broad public audience.

Projects in the fields of history, creative arts, and education are selected that have the potential to maximize the long-term impact of public humanities, are in a position to benefit significantly from Columbia University support, and are undertaken by or for younger generations. Awardees receive financial, administrative and research support for 14 months.

In addition to its work in Greece, SNFPHI also runs an event series and offers innovative courses and summer grants for Columbia undergraduates and graduate students. It also brings together project awardees with II&I Fellows and Columbia University researchers and faculty. Please contact for more details should you wish to become involved.


The staff of the SNFPHI carries out the programming, business, communications, and administrative functions of the Initiative.

Dimitris Antoniou
Associate Director and Lecturer in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University

Dimitris Antoniou’s research and teaching focuses on the history, anthropology, and contemporary art of Greece. His monograph, Why Not Build the Mosque? Islam, Political Cost and the Practice of Democracy in Greece (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press), explores the state’s attempts to construct a mosque, while recent articles examine spatial absence, encounters with the unthinkable in investigations of Greece’s dictatorial past, and the contemporary artistic landscape. Dimitris is curator of the Columbia University Libraries special collection Greek Underground Press.

Dimitris is responsible for SNFPHI’s program planning, relations with partners, and overall management.

Email Dimitris: da2500(at)

Eleni Gizas
Program Coordinator

Eleni Gizas has experience in collections management, fine art shipments, museum education, public outreach, and curatorial projects. She holds a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in Classical Studies from Columbia University. She previously worked at Kasmin Gallery in New York and for The American School of Classical Studies – Corinth Excavations as the Steinmetz Family Foundation Museum Fellow. She has designed and led numerous educational and outreach programs online and in Greece.

Eleni coordinates SNFPHI’s day-to-day operations and its events.

Email Eleni: eag2191(at)

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