The American Philosophical Society is proud to announce the upcoming Demetrios J. Constantelos Memorial Lecture, entitled “Liberty’s Odyssey: American Models of Liberty in Greek Enlightenment and Revolution.” This prestigious lecture, part of the Society’s programming, will be presented by Paschalis Kitromilides, a renowned Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Member of the Academy of Athens. This is a unique opportunity to hear from a scholar of such a high caliber.

Dr. Kitromilides will delve into 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 leading to the Greek Revolution. The discussion will highlight the impact of American practices on Greek intellectual and revolutionary figures, mainly through the works of Adamantios Korais and the symbolic significance of Benjamin Franklin within Greek revolutionary culture.

This enlightening lecture is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 6:00 PM (with a reception at 5:00 PM) at Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Admission is free, and interested attendees can RSVP directly to the American Philosophical Society via their website at to participate in person or virtually.

The lecture is a tribute to the memory of Reverend Dr. Demetrios J. Constantelos, who made distinguished contributions to scholarship, including his impactful work in Hellenic Studies at Stockton University and his profound legacy in Byzantine history and Greek Orthodox theology.

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