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GCU Offers Greek Art and Architecture Lecture with a Side of Moussaka

Georgian Court’s Adventures for the Mind and Palate series Presentsχαιρετώ Greece

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 23, 2007—Greece is considered the land that gave birth to modern civilization and the first established society of law and order.  Yet, Greek culture also encouraged its citizens to express themselves through architecture and art. The same spirit continues in modern Greece today. Join Georgian Court University for a flavorful Greek dinner on Friday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. and explore the rich history of Greece.

You will enjoy a meal of traditional Greek staples that might once have been enjoyed by such Greek personalities as Socrates. Start with a traditional flat bread or pita with tzatzikia, a refreshing blend of homemade yogurt, cucumber, and garlic; avgolemono, a traditional Greek chicken soup with frothy egg and lemon; and elliniki salata (commonly known as Greek salad), made with mixed baby greens, Greek olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers dressed with olive oil, vinegar, and herbs.

Your entrée choices include moussaka, made of layers of ground sirloin, eggplant, and zucchini topped with béchamel sauce, and Greek chicken with tomatoes, peppers, olives, and feta cheese. You’ll also enjoy a side of artichokes with a lemon-butter sauce. And for dessert, offerings will include baklava, freshly ground walnuts layered in phyllo pastry, and milopita, Greek apple fritters made with phyllo pastry and served piping hot.

While you enjoy your dessert and coffee, Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of art history, your tour guide for this virtual adventure, will offer a multimedia presentation about the art and architecture of Greece. Learn the differences between the three orders of Classical Greek architecture—Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, while viewing examples of each. Then move on to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and discover how examples of Greek architecture are used throughout Europe and the United States. You’ll also explore the various styles of Greek art, most notably the sculptures of human forms that have lasted through the centuries.

This journey into Greece will be held in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus. The cost is $30 per person and includes the multimedia lecture and multicourse Greek dinner. Reservations are required. To book your seat or for more information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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