University Seminars Program

The University Seminars Program of Onassis Foundation USA organized and sponsored the visits of eminent visiting scholars and prestigious speakers from the United States and abroad to university campuses and other educational and cultural institutions across the United States, Canada, Central and South America. Invitees who offered mini-courses and semester courses were integrated in the academic curriculum of the host universities as Onassis Visiting Professors and their students received corresponding academic credits.

The Program’s Visiting Scholars offered Seminar, Lectures, Mini-Courses and Full Semester Courses on topics that relate to all periods and aspects of Hellenic history, culture and society. The University Seminars Program also enriched its educational initiatives through organizing and co-sponsoring special events such as international conferences, documentary film screenings and book presentations throughout the Americas. Selected events were open to the public.

Since the inception of the Program in 2000, more than 200 scholars were hosted by more than 500 educational and cultural institutions across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica and Colombia. 

University Seminars Program 2016


Dr Mirjam E. Kotwick (Onassis Lectureship at the New School, 2016)

Philology. University of Munich


Academic Tours 2016

Professor Menelaos Christopoulos (February 27- March 26)

Classics. University of Patras

(The University Seminars Program contributes one “Onassis Lecturer” to the annual Summer Institute of the Classical Association of New England since 2005)


Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture - Lecture Tours

Professor Anthony Kaldellis (February 1-4, 22-26)

Byzantine Studies. Ohio State University


Past Senior Visiting Scholars

Check out some of the past Onassis Senior Visiting Scholars from Europe, North and South America and Australia have been hosted by more than 300 University Departments, Museums, and other major educational and cultural centers across the US, Canada, and Central and South America. 


Host Educational Institutions

The following institutions have hosted Senior Visiting Scholars of the University Seminars Program: