UCSB Hellenic Studies Presents Onassis and Argyropoulos Lecture
Greek scholar to speak on how the European refugee crisis is affecting Athens
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Thomas Maloutas, a professor of social geography at
Harokopio University in Athens, will give a public talk on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. in the
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 W. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. The event, sponsored by the
Onassis Foundation and UCSB’s Argyropoulos Endowment, is free and open to the public.
A leading expert in cities and societies, Maloutas will speak on how the European
refugee crisis is affecting Athens, which has been reeling from Greece’s debt crisis and more than
25 percent unemployment since 2010.
“Every day our news and social media is filled with footage of refugees fleeing to
Greece,” said Helen Morales, Argyropoulos Professor of Hellenic Studies at UCSB. “How will
this, on top of the European debt crisis, change the city of Athens? Is it becoming a city of
increased ethnic segregation and wealth inequalities? Are there any positive changes that we in
the U.S. do not hear about?”
In 2015 alone, roughly 400,000 refugees have entered Greece, according to the United
National High Commissioner for Refugees. Most continue to make their way to Western Europe,
but many thousands remain in Athens, creating a humanitarian crisis that grows worse every day.
Maloutas, who is also secretary general for research and technology at the Greek Ministry of
Education, will address the situation and its implications for Athens in his lecture.
“This talk, with questions afterwards, will be of interest to anyone who loves Greece, and
anyone who is interested in how societies are responding to today’s rapidly changing world,”