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Greek Literature Professor Preserves Humanity’s Heritage

Dr. Liana Theodoratou, a prominent figure in Greek Literature at New York University and director of the A. S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies and NYU in Athens program, reflects on her academic journey from navigating familial expectations to embracing her passion for literature. With a background rooted in rigorous study and scholarly exploration, her experiences highlight the transformative power of teaching and the enduring importance of human connection amidst technological advancements. Emphasizing the intrinsic value of critical thinking and genuine engagement, Liana advocates for the preservation of humanity's innate curiosity and capacity for meaningful communication. Her timeless advice encourages aspiring individuals to remain open-minded, passionate, and committed to aligning their pursuits with genuine fulfillment and purpose, guided by a steadfast dedication to continuous learning and sincere effort.

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Liana Theodoratou

Liana Theodoratou is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Alexander S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies at NYU and Director of the NYU in Athens Program. She teaches courses on a range of topics in the areas of Ancient and Modern Greek literature and culture, Mediterranean studies, comparative literature, cinema, the politics of translation, and literary theory. She is a three times recipient of the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award and of its Golden Dozen Award for Teaching Excellence. She has written widely on Ancient and Modern Greek poetry, with a primary focus on the Second World War and the Civil War generation of poets. She has translated several works by, among others, Foucault, Althusser, and Derrida into Modern Greek and co-translated Nadar’s memoirs from French to English for MIT Press.

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