Established in 2019, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia University supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for the Greek public. The Initiative recognizes the creativity, innovation, and potential for broad impact of public-facing humanities projects in Greece. It promotes projects through funding, resources, training, and collaboration with the Columbia University community.


The Initiative supports endeavors in the fields of history, creative arts, and education that have the potential to maximize the long-term impact of public humanities, are in a position to benefit significantly from SNFPHI and Columbia support, and are undertaken by or for younger generations. Projects receive support for 14 months. The first call for proposals was announced in December 2019 and the first cohort of projects in March 2020.

SNFPHI joins a growing network of public humanities programs at Columbia University. It collaborates with the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the Program in Hellenic Studies to support public events, workshops, exhibitions, and student fellowships that connect the field of Hellenic Studies with a broad public audience. SNFPHI is exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Mark Mazower
Director of SNFPHI and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination and Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University

Mark is responsible for SNFPHI’s overall direction.

Mark Mazower has written several books, including Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century (1998), Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430–1950 (2004) and Governing the World: The History of an Idea (2012). His most recent work, What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (2017), is about his father’s family. He works on and teaches the history of modern Europe and the international system and he has a particular interest in modern Greece. His reviews and commentaries on current affairs appear in the Financial Times and elsewhere. CLOSE
Dimitris Antoniou
Associate Director and Lecturer in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University

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

Dimitris Antoniou’s research and teaching focuses on the history, anthropology, and contemporary art of Greece. His monograph, The Mosque That Wasn’t There: Islam and the Politics of Imagination in Contemporary 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. CLOSE
Eleni Gizas
Program Coordinator

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

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. CLOSE
University Seminar in Modern Greek

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