Philadelphia, PA – On Thursday, May 9, 2024, the American Philosophical Society hosted the highly anticipated Reverend Dr. Demetrios J. Constantelos Memorial Lecture, “Liberty’s Odyssey: American Models of Liberty in Greek Enlightenment and Revolution.” The event, which took place at the historic Benjamin Franklin Hall, attracted a diverse audience of scholars, students, and members of the public.

The lecture was delivered by the esteemed Paschalis Kitromilides, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Member of the Academy of Athens. Professor Kitromilides captivated the audience with his in-depth exploration of the reception of American concepts of liberty and constitutional governance during the Greek Enlightenment of the early 19th century and the subsequent cultural and political developments that led to the Greek Revolution.

Drawing upon the works of prominent Greek intellectual and revolutionary figures, such as Adamantios Korais, and highlighting the symbolic significance of Benjamin Franklin within Greek revolutionary culture, Professor Kitromilides provided a thought-provoking analysis of the influence of American practices on the Greek struggle for independence.

The lecture was preceded by a warm and welcoming reception, which allowed attendees to engage in lively discussions and exchange ideas. The event was open to all, with free admission and the option to participate in person or virtually via the American Philosophical Society’s website, ensuring that everyone could be a part of this enriching experience.

The Reverend Dr. Demetrios J. Constantelos Memorial Lecture series, a testament to the late scholar’s distinguished contributions to the fields of Hellenic Studies, Byzantine history, and Greek Orthodox theology, stands as a beacon of intellectual pursuit. Dr. Constantelos, who served as a professor at Stockton University, left an indelible mark on academia through his extensive research and publications, and this lecture series is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

The American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, continues to promote knowledge and foster intellectual curiosity through events such as the Constantelos Memorial Lecture. For more information on upcoming events and the Society’s initiatives, visit