Greek-Canadian Community and McGill Join Forces to Strengthen Modern Greek Studies

Modern-Greek-StudiesA $1.2-million gift to McGill gave leaders of Canada’s Greek community to strengthen they university’s Modern Greek research and scholarship, as well as endow its Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek and Greek-Canadian Studies in perpetuity.

The gift, which includes contributions from over 70 donors in Montreal and across Canada, will allow McGill to expand the scope of its Greek studies program, one of the few in the country that examines the Greek cultural diaspora through a contemporary lens.

“We are grateful to the Greek-Canadian community for the generosity exemplified in this extraordinary gift,” said Suzanne Fortier, McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

“The Greek community rallied around this important cause, not just to do something special for McGill, but to pay tribute to a remarkable philanthropist who helped countless Greeks over the years,” said Basil Papaevagelou, who serves on the board of directors for the Hellenic Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, adding that “being able to endow this Chair in perpetuity is a huge achievement, especially for a culture that measures its age in millennia.”

(source: McGill)