The Hellenic Society Prometheas
In cooperation with
The Embassy of Greece
Commemorating 60 years after Nikos Kazantzakis passing Invites you to a lecture by:
Dr. Nicolas Prevelakis Harvard University
The burden of modernity: Kazantzakis' insights and their relevance in today’s world
The lecture explores aspects of the philosophical thought of Nikos Kazantzakis. Kazantzakis reflected upon a series of monumental transformations which took place during his time: the decline of empires and the rise of nations states; the development of a modern economy and the destruction of traditional ways of life; the contestation of traditional religion; and the birth of philosophical currents such as existentialism. Kazantzakis tried to understand the new world that was emerging, combining insights from Western philosophy with a genuine study of Cretan popular culture. This allowed him to formulate a series of philosophical and cultural proposals that are as relevant today as there were then.
Reception will follow.
This event is part of the European Month of Culture (EUMC). Now in its fifth year, EUMC is a month-long festival of innovative and creative events for the American public highlighting the diverse cultures of all 28 European Union Member countries. Enjoy film, dance, music, theatre, exhibits, language classes, workshops and more in great venues throughout Washington DC. Most events are free! To see all EUMC events, click here.