Sharon Gerstel, professor of Byzantine art history in the UCLA College, will be honored by the Hellenic Society of Constantinople at their annual gala on Feb. 2.
The Hellenic Society of Constantinople was founded in 1939 to preserve and perpetuate the vast contributions made by the Byzantines, and to promote charitable contributions to needy churches and nursing homes in Constantinople. Every year, they honor someone of Greek descent who excels in their field.
As an archaeologist and cultural historian, Gerstel writes about rural Greece. She is the acting director of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture. Gerstel’s book “Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium” received the 2016 Runciman Award and the 2017 Maria Theocharis Prize.
Her current work in the Mani, focusing on the restoration of village churches and the recording of the history of their communities, is the subject of a volume in preparation and was featured in the short documentary “Blessings and Vows.”