Mexican University Celebrates Its Foundation and Greece!

Panayotis Deligiannakis
Dr. Panagiotis Deligiannakis is one of the 1,500 Greeks who live in Mexico City and works as a humanities professor in Universidad de Claustro de Sor Juana

The University of the Cloister of Sor Juana (Universidad de Claustro de Sor Juana) celebrated its foundation on the 28th of March with a Greek themed event that had it all, from Homer and the Ancients to Zorba dancing and Papazoglou songs.

“I just help them prepare some celebrations, it is not my decision,” says Dr. Panagiotis Deligiannakis. He is one of the 1,500 Greeks who live in Mexico City and works as a professor in the Humanities department of the private University.

Deligiannakis graduated from the University of Maryland in 1982. He came to Mexico in 1992, where he studied his Master`s and PhD at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). Since then he stayed in the country and has been passing his love for Greece and the ancient philosophers to his students.

“Everybody in the University really loves the Greek culture and this is why the students have decided to dedicate the day of the foundation of our University to Greece” adds Deligiannakis.

This day is a great tradition for Universidad de Claustro de Sor Juana and it is organized by and for the students. This year’s theme is “cloistered in Greek.”

“It is an opportunity to remember the roots of the culture that has given us so much light over the history of mankind” said a student who was involved in the preparations of the event.

From early in the afternoon, the university transformed its campus into an environment that transported faculty and students to Greece. Blue and white decoration, Greek food, Greek music, and functions dedicated to Ancient Greece such as the reenactment of Iliad and the Oracle of Delphoi were some of the celebrations that marked the day dedicated to Greece. The event finished at night with Greek dancing.

The former church of the "Claustro" that now is part of the University. Sor Juana is buried in the center of the room.

About the University
Universidad de Claustro de Sor Juana is located in the former San Jerónimo Convent in the historic center of Mexico City and has about 2,000 students. Its building is best known for having been the home of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz for over twenty five years. Sor Juana produced many of her writings here that can still be found in the library of the university.

The monastery was closed in the 19th century and in the 1970s, the government expropriated the complex, explored it and began the restoration process. In 1979, the current university was founded at this site and it is currently the benefactor and guardian of the complex. The institution offers bachelors, two masters and two certificates, mostly in the humanities. The institution is also known for its great exchange program with foreign countries.

“Student exchanges with Greece is something we want to promote, and we would really like to establish such programs with Greek Universities,” stressed the Greek professor.


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