Franklin L. Hess Delivers "Hellenic Identity in a Changing World" Lecture
On Friday, October 24, 2014, Franklin L. Hess, Ph.D., coordinator of the Modern Greek program and lecturer in West European Studies at Indiana University, gave a lecture entitled “Hellenic Identity in a Changing World: Challenges, Prognoses, Possibilities.”
Greece’s membership in the European Union has both expanded the horizons of Hellenic identity and placed constraints on its traditional expression. Positing that the European Union currently faces first and foremost a crisis of identity and only secondarily an economic crisis, this presentation explored how alternative understandings of collective identity might lead to policy prescriptions that are capable of moving both Greece and the EU forward from a variety of current impasses.
The event was well attended by HCHC faculty and students, many of whom engaged into an enriching exchange of ideas with the speaker during the Q&A session and the reception that followed the event.