Areti Papanastasiou is passionate both about art and about Greek language and culture. A native speaker of Greek, Areti also holds an M.A in the History of Art from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Following graduate work at the University of Chicago she taught classes in Medieval and Byzantine history of art at the University of Pittsburgh. Areti runs the Modern Greek Language program at the Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center, where she began working in 2011. Since 2012, she has been coordinating a weekly Greek Conversation Table to help students practice their skills. She considers herself fortunate to be teaching Modern Greek, as this is where her enthusiasm for teaching and her deep love for her native language meet. She is an avid reader and enjoys travelling.