LOS ANGELES – UCLA Stavros Niarchos Basis Middle for the Study of Hellenic Society (UCLA SNF Hellenic Middle) Director Sharon E. J. Gerstel, for her contributions to the marketing of Hellenic Lifestyle, has been named a Commander of the Get of the Phoenix, one of Greece’s maximum honors. In April, Dr. Gerstel was bestowed with honorary Greek citizenship, which took put at the Consulate Standard of Greece in Los Angeles.
“I am humbled by this distinction,” claimed Dr. Gerstel. “My love for the state operates really deep and my coronary heart is with its men and women. I am thrilled to have made even a smaller contribution to the study of the country’s illustrious past and to share this honor with so numerous deserving Greeks and Philhellenes. It is my singular honor, as Director of the UCLA SNF Hellenic Heart, to endorse Hellenism and to carry with each other intellectual and cultural communities in Southern California and Greece.”
On June 24, in Washington, DC, Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States, bestowed the award on Dr. Gerstel and Dr. Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Classics and Background, Yale College. Other dignitaries in attendance provided the Consul Standard of Greece in Los Angeles, Evgenia Beniatoglou. The Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. hosted the ceremony and meal at her residence.
“It is an honor for me to confer on these two scholars the Commander of the Order of the Phoenix medal, which is conferred upon people who excel in the arts and literature, science, and other fields, and as a result, support us greater recognize the earth and Greece’s concept to the entire world,” explained Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States. “Through Dr. Gerstel’s management in founding the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Examine of Hellenic Tradition, she has introduced together the assorted Hellenic communities of Southern California in the increased appreciation of Greek language and society…We’re grateful and quite appreciative of the operate that will help us recognize greater our nation, our history, and our culture.”
Set up in 1926, the Purchase of the Phoenix is awarded to Greeks who have distinguished on their own in the fields of community administration, science, commerce, industry and shipping, and the arts and letters. It is also conferred on non-Greek citizen who have contributed to boosting Greece’s stature overseas in the aforementioned fields.
“On behalf of absolutely everyone at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), we are delighted to categorical our warmest congratulations to Dr. Gerstel on this amazing and perfectly-gained honor,” said Stelios Vassilakis, Main Packages and Strategic Initiatives Officer at SNF. “Over the several years and all over her educational profession, she has demonstrated a deep dedication toward partaking and selling Hellenism that goes significantly further than the boundaries of the classroom and academia. As Director of the UCLA SNF Hellenic Center, Sharon has succeeded not only in bringing alongside one another UCLA’s earlier disparate Greek-associated tutorial parts, but also in properly engaging and energizing the neighborhood group and creating bridges with Greece—creating in this way a paradigmatic hub of scholarship and public engagement.”
Dr. Gerstel is professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology at UCLA and is the George P. Kolovos Family Centennial Term Chair in Hellenic Studies. Qualified in artwork background, spiritual scientific studies, and archaeology, Gerstel’s do the job investigates ritual, art, and product culture as properly as acoustics and cultural heritage. Her authored and edited books consist of Beholding the Sacred Mysteries (1999), A Dropped Artwork Rediscovered: The Architectural Ceramics of Byzantium (2001), Thresholds of the Sacred: Artwork Historic, Archaeological, Liturgical and Theological Views on Spiritual Screens, East and West (2007), Approaching the Holy Mountain: Artwork and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai (2010), and Viewing the Morea: Land and People in the Late Medieval Peloponnese (2013). Her most recent monograph, Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium: Art, Archaeology, and Ethnography (2015), was awarded the prestigious Runciman Award by the Anglo-Hellenic League, the Maria Theocharis Prize by the Christian Archaeological Culture, and the inaugural ebook prize of the Global Centre of Medieval Art. She has authored dozens of posts in international journals. Her ongoing investigation focuses on acoustics, architectural style and design, and chant in medieval church buildings. At the exact same time, she has worked intensively to preserve medieval buildings in Greece, specifically in rural options. She is routinely sought out as a commentator on modern concerns of cultural heritage in Greece and Turkey and has appeared in several radio and newspaper interviews.
Trained at Bryn Mawr Higher education, Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Institute of Fantastic Arts/New York University, Professor Gerstel was awarded a J. Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011-2012 and a Mellon Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Examine, Princeton, in 2010-2011. She has also gained fellowships from the Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Investigate Institute, and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. Gerstel has served as Executive Producer of a movie, Blessings and Vows. Related to this creative do the job, she is now writing a cultural biography of girls in the Mani.
As inaugural Director of the UCLA SNF Hellenic Center, Gerstel led a team that lifted in extra of $4 million to establish a cultural center with worldwide standing. The Centre, less than her assistance, has proven international partnerships and has showcased the operate of up to date Greek authors and artists in addition to students performing in historical fields.
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