Greek Budgetary Cuts Affect Staffing of U.S. Language Schools: SAE Proposes Modest Nationwide Campaign to Fund Programs [Greek]
«Εν μόνον δεκαδόλλαρον ετησίως»
Του Θ. Σπυρόπουλου*
(ΣΑΕ)--Οι προθέσεις του Υπουργείου Παιδείας, Δια Βίου Μάθησης και Θρησκευμάτων για εξορθολογισμό των αποσπάσεων εκπαιδευτικού προσωπικού στο εξωτερικό λόγω της οικονομικής κρίσης στην Ελλάδα έχει προκαλέσει ανησυχία για το μέλλον της Ελληνόγλωσσης Παιδείας στις ΗΠΑ. Προβληματισμός και αγωνία εκφράζεται κυρίως από τα σχολεία με ελληνικό πρόγραμμα τα οποία δεν θα διαθέτουν εκπαιδευτικούς για να καλύψουν τις ώρες διδασκαλίας της Ελληνικής γλώσσας, ιστορίας και πολιτισμού. Δεν γνωρίζουμε ακόμη το εάν και πόσοι εκπαιδευτικοί θα ανακληθούν και από ποια σχολεία αλλά ήδη έχει ληφθεί απόφαση να μην πραγματοποιηθούν νέες αποσπάσεις εκπαιδευτικών στο εξωτερικό για το σχολικό έτος 2010-2011. Η εξέλιξη αυτή μας επηρεάζει όλους ως κοινότητα σε συλλογικό επίπεδο. Διαβάστε το ολόκληρο άρθρο. [Read entire article in Greek.]
Greek-English and English-Greek Electronic Dictionary Now Available for Mobile Devices
Edition Atmos of Verlag & Produktion Publishers in Germany has announced the availability of a Greek-English, English-Greek Electronic Lexicon for mobile devices. Running nearly 30 Euros in price, this program is an offshoot of the electronic version for desktop and laptop computers released within the last couple of years. E-lex, as the program is known, assists in the translation of words between English and Modern Greek (demotic). Read more.
Private Education in Limbo
While the mentality elsewhere in Europe, and certainly in America, is that private education is a good thing, there is a continued belief in Greece that, despite not inadequately achieving its purpose, public education should be the only form of instruction available at college level. The consequence is that the likes of ACT, Deree and Perrotis College exist within a legal limbo where their status could conceivably be challenged from one day to the next. Read more.
Greek Prime Minister Karamanlis Announces Creation of Performing Arts Academy
Prime minister Costas Karamanlis formally announced the foundation of an Academy of the Performing Arts, following a meeting Saturday with culture minister George Voulgarakis, education minister Marietta Yannakou, and the working committee of performing artists who took part in drawing up the relevant draft law. Yannakou explained that the graduates of the Academy of Arts will have access to the institutions of higher education (AEI), adding that the Academy would be staffed by Greek and foreign artists. She said the professors would be judged on their work. Read more.
Free Summer Courses Offered at the University of the Peloponnese in Kalamata
The University of the Peloponnese in Kalamata, in collaboration with the World Confederation of Messinians Abroad, the Pan-Messinian Federation of U.S.A. and Canada, and the Pan-Australian Federation of Messinian Organizations, is organizing for the second year in a row free summer courses for 50 students (ages 17-25) of Messinian descent and for 10 schoolteachers (student chaperones) from the U.S., Canada and/or Australia who teach in Greek schools. The duration of the summer course is approximately one month, from July 2-27, 2007. Read more.
Anatolia Gets the Word - and Image - Out
The Rigours of Teaching in Greece
Two-Week Summer Educational Program in Greece Announced for American College Students in 2011: Hellenic Heritage Program
Heritage Greece is a free, two-week National Hellenic Society educational and cultural program designed to connect college-aged, Greek-American students with their Greek heritage and foster a deeper understanding of the role of Hellenism in their lives and the world. The only expense to students is the travel to Washington DC. The Heritage Greece Program is hosted by DEREE The American College of Greece located in Athens, Greece. Selected students will travel to Greek islands, traditional villages, and cultural and archaeological sites. They will learn Greek dancing, take a Greek cooking class, and experience an insiders tour of the Acropolis museum. Read more.
Greek-America Foundation Announces Two Full-Tuition Scholarships for Study at American College of Greece
The Greek America Foundation is proud to announce two scholarship awards for full semester study at the American College of Greece in Athens for the 2010 Fall semester. The Greek America Foundation is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and perpetuation of Greek culture, history, heritage and ideals in contemporary America. The study abroad scholarship is one of the core components of the mission of the Greek America Foundation. Study abroad in Greece provides an opportunity for a truly transformative experience during which time the student not only gets to know him/herself, but the relationship to Hellenism and Greece to the world around him/her. Read more.
American College in Greece Offers New Study-Travel in Greece Cultural Program
(Athens, Deree College)--The American College of Greece is proud to announce the launch of The Heritage Greece Program, a first-of-its-kind birthright Greece program made possible through a grant from the National Hellenic Society. View and download PDF flyer (407Kb).
Heritage Greece will take place between June 11th-25th, 2010. It is a free, two-week cultural immersion program open to students 18-26 years old who have never been to Greece. Applicants are encouraged to visit www.acg.edu (or the program's facebook entry at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=
427019869096&ref=ts) to learn more and apply online through May 1, 2010. Read more.
Northeastern University Honors Pioneer Greek-American Educator
Since his student days at Northeastern University in the early seventies, George Chryssis wanted to find the right time to honor Hercules W. Geromanos, a pioneer dean and professor whose vision and innovative thinking established the university’s co-operative education model, thus greatly helping to elevate Northeastern as a world-renown institution of higher learning Read full text of release.
Battle Royal Over History Book
When the education ministry issued a new sixth-grade textbook on modern Greek history (1453 to the present) in September, few expected that an unprecedented intellectual and ideological war would break loose.Asia Minor Greeks charge that the burning of Smyrna and the killing and expulsion of the Greek population is silenced for the sake of political correctness. And Pontic Greeks complain that the massacre of their forebears by the Turks is omitted. Read more.
Greek-American Studies are Growing at North American Campuses
by Artemis Leontis, Ph.D.
Greek-American studies have been undergoing steady growth at institutions of higher learning in North America for the past decade. More and more undergraduates in American universities and colleges are finding opportunities to study the culture, history, and experiences of Greek Americans. Read more.
Cephalonian Association "AENOS" Presents Third Annual Scholarships
On Thursday, May 11th, the oldest island association, Cephalonian Association "AENOS," awarded three scholarships amounting to $1,500 to three St. John's University students of the Modern Greek Language and Literature Program. President Vasilios Kokkosis granted the awards to Fereniki Konstantatos, Polly Nikolovienis and Harilaos Thomatos, all students of Chian descent. Read more.
History Channel to Air Program about Ancient Greece and Apostle Paul--8 August 2006
Drive Thru History "Ancient Greece: Athens, the Philosophers, & Apostle Paul." This episode will focus on a man whose message would change the course of world history: the Apostle Paul. We'll survey his life from the time he was known as Saul, a notorious persecutor of Christians, to his radical conversion on the Damascus Road, to his world changing missionary campaigns. Bible maps come alive as we show a bird's eye view of his famous and sometimes perilous missionary journeys. Along the way, we'll further explore Athens and visit the Agora, and survey the revolutionary thought of the Athenian philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Then we climb to the top of the Areopagus, or Mars Hill, in the shadow of the Acropolis--the site of one of Paul's most famous speeches.
Third Annual NYPT Scholarship Awarded to St. John's Student
The Third Annual 2006 New York Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitation Award was presented to Ann Marie Renaldo of the Modern Greek language and Literature Program of St. John's University in the Center at 162-14 45th Ave., Flushing, NY. Read more.
William Spyropoulos School PTA Dance Honors Past Presidents
PTA presidents reflect their generation of parents. The William Spyropoulos PTA of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Flushing, New York honored their past presidents on Friday, April 28th. The 29th Anniversary Dinner Dance was held at Terrace on the Park. Over three hundred persons attended. Read more.
Lilly Endowment Fund and HC/HC to Offer Third Year of CrossRoad, a Program in Boston for High School Juniors and Seniors
The Office of Vocation and Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College is now accepting applications from high school juniors and seniors for its summer CrossRoad program, now in its third year. From June 23 through July 3, thirty Orthodox youth from the United States and Canada will take part in an exciting summer vocations exploration program designed to help students discern their life callings and match their personal gifts with the needs of the world. Read more.
Greece: Books and Writers--a Free Multipart Publication by the Greek Ministry of Culture
The National Book Centre brought togehter the wealth, the immense variety and the unbroken continuity of Greek literature in this special volume, which provides a comprehensive introduction to Greek literature and a chronicle of Greek history. Tthe history of Greece as seen from the perspective of its books and writers is the subject of this work, which seeks to combine scholarly analysis with narrative interest. Its principal aim is to guide the reader through the key moments in this literature and to acquaint him or her with the men and women who moulded the Greek language into literary form. It attempts to describe the special qualities of this literature, its moments of innovation and originality, as well as its place in the European literary tradition and in the major literary and intellectual currents that have shaped the modern world. Read more and downloads parts of book (4-part, large PDF files).
Lecture by Historican Dr. Speros Vryonis at Connecticut on Destruction of Greek Community in Istanbul
Hellenic Society Paideia is pleased to announce an upcoming public lecture by renowned scholar Dr. Speros Vryonis at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 6, 2006 at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU-- Science Building 125, 181 White Street, in Danbury, CT). One of the Constantine S. Macricostas Lecture Series at WCSU, the title of Professor Vryonis's lecture will be "The Mechanism of Catastrophe; The Turkish Pogrom of September 6 - 7, 1955 and the Destruction of the Greek Community of Istanbul," named after his recent book. He will discuss "Septemvriana"; the Greek Krystallnacht that marked the beginning of the end of Istanbul's Hellenic community. The lecture is free; a reception hosted by Paideia will follow. Read more.
Radio Journalist Sophia Hall Motivates Students at St. John's Lecture
The baby boomer generation is now reaching retirement age. Marriages among all ethnic and racial groups are bringing about rapid assimilation in mainstream America. The Greek ethnic group is not an exception to this trend. Who is going to carry on our Hellenic heritage and religious traditions into the 21st century? St. John's University Modern Greek language Program of the Languages and Literatures Department presented its 2nd Annual Greek Independence Day lecture on Tuesday afternoon, February 28th. Sophia Hall, a third generation Greek-American radio Journalist from the mid-west was guest speaker. Read more.
Chryssis Scholarships Awarded at Northeastern University's College of Engineering
Northeastern University’s College of Engineering held its Engineering Scholarship luncheon recently on campus, an event designed to bring together alumni, who have established scholarships at the University, and current recipients of the awards. The recent event also marked the 15th consecutive year that the “George C. Chryssis Scholarship” awarded grants to qualified Greek-American students. George C. Chryssis, a graduate of Northeastern University and currently a member of its Board of Trustees, established the eponymous endowed scholarship with a substantial capital gift in 1990. Read more.
Columbia University Establishes Chair in Hellenic Studies with Gift from Kyriakos Tsakopoulos
Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, a prominent businessman and attorney from Roseville, Calif., presented Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger a check for $1 million to establish a chair in Hellenic Studies. The donation was made as a tribute to Mr. Tsakopoulos' late grandfather -- for whom he is named -- and to focus study on the timeless relevance of the teachings of the great Greek philosopher Aristotle. The gift will establish the Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies in the Classics Department as well as an annual lecture series titled "Aristotle and the Moderns." Read more.
Hellenic Studies: Leaving Behind a Legacy
In recent years, American higher education has witnessed an increas in Hellenic Studies programs and chairs at a number of highly rated universities throughout the United States. An October 1, 2005 conference on Hellenic Studies in North, Central and South America, hosted by the Onassis Cultural Center on October 1, 2005, supported this assertion. Local Order of AHEPA chapters have helped to pave the way forward for at least two of these types of programs through crucial roles played in fundraising efforts at major universities. Examples include the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Read more.
Nikiforos Diamandouros Delivered the First Annual Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Memorial Lecture in the "Aristotle and the Moderns" Series at Columbia University
European Ombudsman Diamandouros gave a lecture titled "Rule of Law, Democracy and the Ombudsman in Contemporary Europe" at the President's Room of the Faculty House at Columbia University in November.It was the inaugural speech for a lecture series endowed by California real estate entrepreneur Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, a graduate of Columbia University. Named for Mr. Tsakopoulos' grandfather, the lectures will focus on the "importance and relevance of Aristotle’s teachings in today’s world, particularly with regard to his books, the Politics and the Nicomachean Ethics. 'Our notions of justice and the importance of the rule of law, the definition of what it is to be a good person and a good citizen, are most eloquently and accurately described by Aristotle in these two books,' Mr. Tsakopoulos affirmed at the time of the establishment of the series. The annual public lecture will consider contemporary debates in broadly conceived, innovative, and multidisciplinary ways." Click here to read more about the speaker. Click here to read more about the founder of the series.
The Gust Rakus Hellenic Studies Collection Unveiled
On October 18, 2005 the Gust Rakus Hellenic Studies Collection was unveiled at the University of Washington Special Collections Library. It was named for the late Brother Gust Rakus, a Past Supreme Treasurer and a 65-year member of AHEPA.The collection represents more than 65 years of AHEPA history in the Pacific Northwest as represented in old photos, AHEPA Mentors, memorabilia, and other Greek American papers and publications. The reception and special opening were hosted by Juan de Fuca Chapter 177 of Seattle and the Seattle AHEPA Family.
Hellenic Society Paideia Chapter RI Presents Sophocles Antigone
Fr. Robert Taft Delivers Manolis Lectures at Patriarch Athenagoras Institute
Fr. Robert Taft, the world's leading expert on Byzantine liturgy and former Vice-Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome delivered the Paul G. Manolis Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, January 18-20, 2005. The three lectures were delivered at the large Chapel of the Pacific School of Religion on the campus of the Graduate Theological Union. Each evening the chapel was filled to hear Fr. Tafts's lectures: "Through their own eyes: Liturgy as the Byzantines saw it." Complete article.
Bishop Kallistos Ware to Deliver Orthodoxy in America Lecture at Fordham University
World-renowned Orthodox theologian and Oxford University lecturer, His Grace Bishop Kallistos Ware will deliver the next lecture in this seminal series on Orthodoxy in America: "Ecological Crisis, Ecological Hope: The Orthodox Vision of Creation." The lecture is open to the public and will be delivered at 6pm on Tuesday, 5 April, in Fordham University Church on the Rose Hill Campus. RSVP by phoning (718) 817-3012. For more information, visit the webpages of the lecture series at http://www.fordhamfrc.org/
chaplain/lectures.htm. The first lecturer for this distinguished series was His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. Read entire text.
Hellenic Library and Historical Archive
The Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive (E.L.I.A.) is a cultural non-profit organisation (www.elia.org.gr). Its basic aim is to collect, preserve and classify 19th and 20th century archival and printed material, particularly that which relates to the modern history and culture of Greece. E.L.I.A. maintains an exceptional collection of archives (more than 800) of historical, literary, economic and artistic content. Besides, it has a remarkable library, containing more than 100,000 volumes of books, magazines, almanacs and newspapers of the above period, considered one of the most important and complete libraries in the country. Read entire announcement.
Arcadia, My Arcadia--Book Review
This is a wonderful historical novel about the indomitable Greek spirit of a young man from the mountains of Arcadia, the son of poor village farmers who succeeded against overwhelming odds. In the words of the author, Arcadia, My Arcadia "tells the story of one boy from the dusty poverty of his nameless village to the baffling life of the big city and beyond, as he tried to avoid the fate of his ancestors in the 1950s Arcadia." Superbly written, with a heroic central figure, the universality of the young boy's strugglesand great personal victories--will deeply touch Hellenic hearts. Arcadia, My Arcadia will help bring the trials of visionary Greek immigrants into sharp focus, offering us a clearer glimpse into the remarkable natures of our own extraordinary ancestors. Complete review and accompanying materials.
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