Nov 12, 2022


6:00 - 9:00pm




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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco present: Σμύρνη, Πατρίδα Μου Γλυκιά – Smyrna, My Sweet Home on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Join us for an evening commemorating the one hundred year anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe. A delicious dinner, featuring tastes and aromas of authentic Asia Minor cuisine, will transport attendees back in time to Smyrna.

Guest speaker Dr. Maria Mavroudi (UC Berkeley) will share reflections on the impact of the Exchange of Populations in 1922 following the Treaty of Lausanne. Finally, the strings of traditional instruments will complete our nostalgic journey through this blessed land. Guest musicians include: Anthony Catchatoorian (Bouzouki), Michael Kutulas (Guitar), Michael Garibaldi (Percussion), and Aris Chechopoulos (Oud). This will be an evening to remember full of cuisine, culture, and education. A fitting tribute to remember the tragedy of 1922 and to reflect on the rich legacy inherited by all of us, the legacy of Asia Minor.

November 12, 2022
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dinner, Lecture & Concert

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
999 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA

$50 per person


All proceeds go to benefit Refugee and Immigrant Transitions, a non-profit helping refugees in the Bay Area.

About Our Featured Speaker

Profile Maria Mavroudi

Maria Mavroudi

Professor of History, Classics, and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Maria Mavroudi is Professor of History, Classics, and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include Byzantium and the Arabs; bilinguals in the Middle Ages; Byzantine and Islamic science; the ancient tradition between Byzantium and Islam; Byzantine intellectual history; and the survival and transformation of Byzantine culture after 1453. She is a 2004 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

Maria Mavroudi received a B.A. (1990) from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and an M.A. (1992) and a Ph.D. (1998) from Harvard University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in Byzantine studies at Dumbarton Oaks (2000–2001) and prior to her appointment at UC Berkeley she was a professor at Princeton University. She is the author of numerous books books and articles.