Past Event – November 17th, 2011

The Officers and Board of Directors of the Association of Greek American Professional Women (A.G.A.P.W.) would like to invite you to our upcoming Forum on the Greek Crisis on November 17th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Please join our distinguished speakers:

  • Rania Antonopoulos, Ph.D., is Senior Scholar and the Director of Gender Equality and the Economy Program at Levy Institute, Bard College. Dr. Antonopoulos will speak on "The Sovereign Debt Crisis in Greece: Causes of the Crisis and Proposed Solutions – Myths and Realities."
  • Nefeli Lygerou, MA, is a young Greek sociologist, journalist, T.V. and film producer. Ms. Lygerou will speak on "Greece: black sheep or the weakest link?"
  • Andreas Kalyvas, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. Dr Kalyvas will present: "Ten Theses on the Current Political Situation in Greece."

A reception will follow the discussion, which will start at 6:30.

When: Thursday, November 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP. One Battery Park Plaza NY NY 10004-1482 (get directions from google maps).
This is a complimentary event, but RSVP IS REQUIRED. Space is limited, and your name needs to be on the guest list to enter the building (this is the building’s policy). To RSVP and for further information, please contact Dr. Olga Alexakos at or 917-405-6833.

We are looking forward to seeing you!


Rania Antonopoulos:
PhD, Economics, The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research
BA-MA, The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research

Senior Scholar and Director of the Gender Equality and the Economy program at the Levy Institute, Bard College

Dr. Antonopoulos specializes in macro-micro linkages of gender and economics, international competition, and globalization. She has served as an expert adviser and consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and, since 2002, as a co-director of the GEM-IWG Knowledge Networking Program on Engendering Macroeconomics and International Economics. Her publications include:

  • Unpaid Work and the Economy: Gender, Time Use and Poverty in Developing Countries (co-editor), 2010; An Alternative Theory of Long-run Exchange Rate Determination, 2009;
  • "The Unpaid Care Work–Paid Work Connection," Working Paper No. 86, Policy Integration and Statistics Department, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2008;
  • "State, Difference, Diversity: Toward a Path of Expanded Democracy and Gender Equality," in Democracy, State, and Citizenship in Latin America, Vol. II (in Spanish), UNDP, 2008;
  • Commentary on L. B. Shaw’s "Differing Prospects for Women and Men: Young Old-Age, Old Old-Age, and Eldercare," in D. B. Papadimitriou, ed., Government Spending on the Elderly, 2007;
  • "Asset Ownership along Gender Lines: Evidence from Thailand" (with M. Floro),Journal of Income Distribution, 2005.

In 2007, Dr. Antonopoulos oversaw the launch of an interactive website as groundwork for the knowledge-sharing initiative Economists for Full Employment; EFE seeks to link and mobilize a global community of economists, academics, public policy advocates, and nongovernmental organizations, with the principal objective of placing decent job creation at the center of development and macroeconomic strategies. In 2006-2007, she headed up a team of Levy Institute researchers studying the impact of public employment guarantee schemes (EGS) on pro-poor development and gender equality. The project, supported by a grant from the UNDP, consisted of a pilot study exploring the synergies between EGS and unpaid work including unpaid care work in India and South Africa. In 2010 she worked closely with the National Women’s Institute (INMUJERES), Government of Mexico towards a similar initiative whose aim was public service job creation primarily for women in rural areas in Mexico. She is leading a team with other Levy Institute scholars in advising the Institute of Labour of the National Federation of Trade Unions (INE-GSEE) to implement a newly established emergency ELR program in all regions of Greece, funded by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection. Antonopoulos holds a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. For further information please visit:

Nefeli Lygerou:
MA, Columbia University
MA, University of London
BA, Pantion University of Athens

Freelance journalist, ("O Kosmos Ependiti", "Kathimerini", "Epikaira Magazine") and T.V. Producer

Ms. Lygerou’s longstanding interest in film, journalism and culture was given intellectual focus through her studies. She studied Sociology in Athens Univeristy. Her decision to study sociology was based on the fact that it is a discipline that investigates the nature, causes and effects of social relations among people and the social customs, structures and institutions that bind them. She moved to London and completed her MA in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College University of London. Her second MA in T.V. and Film Studies at Columbia University was a great opportunity to live and fall in love with NY City. Nefeli is particularly interested in the social and political aspects of cinema. That is, the cultural, historical and aesthetic identity of each society as expressed through the lens. Today she lives in Athens with her two dogs and her soon to be husband and is currently working as a freelance journalist. This gave her the opportunity to conduct interviews and research articles that have been published in leading Greek newspapers and magazines such as "O Kosmos Ependiti". "Kathimerini", "Epikaira Magazine". She also had a weekly radio show in Real FM. She is currently a member of the production team of the t.v. show Pandora’s Box.

Andreas Kalyvas:
PhD, Political Science, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, National and Kapodistrian, University of Athens, Greece

Associate Professor of Political Science, The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research

Profile: I am interested in democratic theory and the history of political ideas from ancient Greek and Roman to modern to contemporary continental political theory. In particular, my work focuses on the relationship between democracy and constitutionalism; problems of popular sovereignty, representation, and political autonomy; radical foundings, revolutionary breaks, and constitution making; the norm and the exception; emergency rule; citizenship and cosmopolitanism. My current research is oriented toward questions of constituent power and radical democratic politics on the one hand and on the overlapping of tyranny and dictatorship in Western political thought, on the other. I am currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled "Legalizing Tyranny: Constitutional Dictatorship and the Enemy Within" while working on a second one, "Constituent Power and Radical Democracy."

I. Books:

  • Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, Cambridge University Press (hardcover 2008, paperback 2009)
  • Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (co-authored with Ira Katznelson)

II. Articles in Peer Review Journals:

  • "An Anomaly? Some Reflections on the Greek December 2008" Constellations, 17:2, 2010
  • "The Tyranny of Dictatorship: When the Greek Tyrant met the Roman Dictator," Political Theory, 35:4, 2007
  • "The Basic Norm and Democracy in Hans Kelsen’s Legal and Political Theory," Philosophy and Social Criticism, 32:5, 2006
  • "Popular Sovereignty, the Constituent Power, and Democracy," Constellations, 12:2, 2005
  • "From the Act to the Decision. Hannah Arendt and the Question of Decisionism," Political Theory, 32:4, 2004
  • "Charismatic Politics and the Symbolic Foundations of Power," New German Critique, 85, 2002
  • "The Politics of Autonomy and the Challenge of Deliberation: Cornelius Castoriadis contra Jürgen Habermas," Thesis Eleven, 64, 2001
  • "Hegemonic Sovereignty: Carl Schmitt, Antonio Gramsci, and the Constituent Prince," Journal of Political Ideologies, 5:3, 2001
  • "Carl Schmitt and the Three Moments of Democracy," Cardozo Law Review, 21:5-6, 2000

III. Book Chapters:

  • "The Democratic Narcissus: The Agonism of the Ancients Compared to that of the (Post) Moderns," Law and Agonistic Politics, edited by Andrew Schaap, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009
  • "The Sovereign Weaver: Beyond the Camp," in Politics, Metaphysics, and Death: Essays on Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer, edited by Andrew Norris, Duke University Press, 2005
  • "The Stateless Theory," Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered, edited by S. Aronowitz and P. Bratsis, Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2002.

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