Mark Mazower Named Gennadius Prize Recipient

October 27, 2022) - Mark Mazower has been selected as the next recipient of the prestigious Gennadius Prize. He will be honored in New York City at the May 2023 Gala of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Chairman of the Gennadius Library Board of Overseers Andreas Zombanakis made the official announcement on October 27, 2022. He stated, “In addition to his extensive scholarly accomplishments and the multiple books he’s written, Mark Mazower continues to tirelessly promote modern and ancient Greek culture and its relevance in today’s world.”

Mazower is the Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Gennadius Library. He specializes in modern Greece, 20th-century Europe, and international history. His current interests include the history of the Greek War of Independence and the historical evolution of the Greek islands. 

“Mark Mazower is a towering figure in modern European history and an intellectual interested in the public humanities,” said Director of the Gennadius Library Maria Georgopoulou. She added, “His thought-provoking and ambitious books on Nazi Greece, the history of the Balkans, the multicultural world of Salonica, and most recently the Greek Revolution, have not only reinterpreted the history of modern Greece but have made it known to the international general public thus reinvigorating the field.”

Mazower comments on international affairs and reviews books for the Financial Times, the Nation, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books among others. In 2016, he and director Constantine Giannaris made the film, Techniques of the Body, a meditation on the refugee crisis in Greek history.  He is currently exploring the theme of the unburied dead with theater director Theodoros Terzopoulos. His most recent book is The Greek Revolution: 1821 and The Making of Modern Europe (Penguin Press.)

He is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation founding director of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, which opened at Reid Hall in Paris in fall 2018 bringing together scholars with leading artists, writers, composers and film-makers from around the world.

The Gennadius Prize was established by the Board of Overseers in 2016 and is presented to honor those who have advanced the knowledge of post-antique Greece. Since inception, previous Gennadius Prize recipients have included: A.G. Leventis Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Lloyd Cotsen and Curtis Runnels. The Gennadius Prize will be presented to Professor Mazower at the annual Gala of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens which will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Gotham Hall in New York City. 

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