Greece Through the Eyes of Russian Travelers
The Humanities Innovation Park of PetrSU held an open lecture of Theodora Giannitsi, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Director of the Greek Cultural Center (Moscow) “Greece through the eyes of Russian travelers of the end of the 18th – the beginning of the 19th centuries”.
The open lecture took place in the framework of the 5th international conference “Russia and Greece: Dialogue of Cultures”. The lecture of Theodora Giannitsi convened students, teachers, and everyone interested in the language, literature, and culture of Greece.
Theodora is a historian, lecturer, outstanding organizer, actress. Her schedule is very tight, as she heads the Greek Cultural Center in Moscow and performs the lead roles in productions of Greek authors.
“All my life is built on the premises of love, humanity, virtues. These are eternal. My motto is “I was born to join in love, not hate – that is my nature”. Today I woke up at five in the morning to prepare for the speech. But I am fresh as a daisy. I have come to Petrozavodsk for the first time, this is my first visit to Petrozavodsk University, and I am fascinated and deeply moved by the warm welcome, generosity, and beauty of the people living here. I have felt it from the first minute. I am honored and happy to be here. I have found friends. I have felt a warm aura, friendly atmosphere. Of course I wish that my lecture on Greece will resonate with everyone present today,” said Theodora.
The Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism of the Institute of Philology annually arranges visits to universities of Greece and Cyprus for student internships in the language and culture of Greece. The Humanities Innovation Park includes the Ellinika Greek Language School, where the language is taught by the students under the guidance of Irina Redkina. This year the school starts at the end of October.
“Our university started teaching the Greek language in 1995, at the initiative of Professor Malchukova the university opened the department “Russian Language and Literature, Classical Languages”, later, in 2005 we started teaching the New Greek language at the program “New Greek Language and Literature, English Language”. Now 20 students study the New Greek language.
We are eager to cooperate with the Greek Cultural Center in Moscow and promote the culture, language, and history of ancient and modern Greece. We hope these meetings will continue,” said Evgenia Litinskaya, Associate Professor of the Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism of the Institute of Philology.