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1993 Speaker - Professor Speros Vyronis

Professor of Hellenic Civilization and Culture, Former Chair of the Onassis Institute, New York University   

One of the world’s premier Byzantinists, Dr. Speros Vryonis left the University of California Los Angeles in 1988 to move to New York University as the founding director of the Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies. He retired from this position as emeritus Alexander S. Onassis professor of Hellenic Civilization.

A highly respected author, Dr. Vryonis has been widely published, with such titles to his credit as:

  • Byzantium and Europe (1967)
  • The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the Process of Islamization from the Eleventh through the Fifteenth Century (1971)
  • Byzantium: Its Internal History and Relations with the Islamic World (1971)
  • Islam and Cultural Change in the Middle Ages (ed., 1975)
  • Individualism and Conformity in Classical Islam (ed. with Amin Banani, 1977)
  • Studies on Byzantium, Seljuks and Ottomans (1982)
  • The Mechanism of Catastrophe (2005)

His works focus on Greek culture and history from antiquity to the present day, as well as on the nation’s interactions with neighboring lands.
Dr. Vryonis has been lauded for his expertise, receiving honors that include:

  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America
  • Fellow of the American Philosophical Society

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