The Annual Pallas Lecture


Mar
14
2012

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  • Host Department: Department of Classical Studies
  • Date: 03/14/2012
  • Time: 08:00PM - 09:00PM

  • Location: Hussey Room, 2nd Floor of the Michigan League

  • Description:
    The stereotype of the newly wealthy, naive, and over-friendly Greek American on a short visit to Greece was summed up with the Greek term "Brooklis" - most probably because the first such visitor was from Brooklyn.

    There may well be a particular type of Greek American who resides in Brooklyn but he or she does not fit the stereotype.

    This lecture and presentation explores the relationship between ethnicity and location by examining the ways New York's most self-assertive, blue-collar, and multi-ethnic borough has shaped the experiences of the many Greek Americans who grew up in Brooklyn.

    In doing so it highlights the careers of Greek Americans who gained national prominence growing up in a place where there was no ethnic concentration - no "Greektown" like Detroit's - and where there was a wide dispersal of the Greeks among several other, larger ethnic groups.