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The History Department at UMass Lowell provides a broad introduction to civilizations of the past and present, including those of antiquity, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Read more...

St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai

St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai

Cretan Icons and Cretan Painters at St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai (15th-16th Century)

Prof. Maria Vassilaki, University of Thessaly, emerita

Presented by the Maria Nousias Zamanakos, Alexandria Zamanakos and Alice Fleury Zamanakos Endowed Lectureship in Hellenic Studies.

Professor emerita in Byzantine art history at the University of Thessaly, Maria Vassilaki is an expert on Byzantine icons and has published widely on art, artists and society in the Greek world. She is a trustee of the Benaki Museum and has curated exhibitions in London, Athens and Nicosia.

More Information

For more information, visit the Zamanakos Endowed Lecture page on the UMass Lowell Hellenic Studies Program website.

You can also contact Christopher Carlsmith, History Department by email: or Demetra Gys, Advancement Office by email:

Sponsored by the UMass Lowell History Department and the FAHSS Dean’s Office, with support from the Hellenic Cultural and Heritage Society of Lowell.


Meet Our Students

Jaden Belizaire '22 History

A class in archival methods and a directed study, working in the Lawrence History Center, led Jaden Belizaire to pursue graduate schools for archiving.

My experience in that class made me look more into archiving as a viable career.