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Ships of Mercy 2011 Lecture Schedule

Winter 2010-11--California
Fall 2011--Syracuse, NY, YMCA

Halki: Greek Orthodox
Christianity Under Siege
2011 Lecture Schedule

Jan 23, 2011--St. George, Hollywood, FL
Feb 26-27, 2011--Tampa, FL
Apr 2011--Atlantic City, Hermes Expo
Mar 9, 2011--Dover, NH
Mar 2011--Boston Cathedral
2011--Portland, ME
2011--Haverhill, MA

Halki: Greek Orthodox Christianity
Under Siege--
by Christos Papoutsy.
Book details Reader's Comments
Press Release on Halki Book
Author's ancillary material on Halki & Constantinople

Kastaniotis Editions of Greece
Greek publication of
"Ships of
by Christos Papoutsy
Click here.

"Celebration of Greek Music"
a 214-page music and history
book by Christos Papoutsy
Click here.

Ships of Mercy
English version
Greek edition
Book Reviews
Readers' Comments
Tour schedule

Sudden Outbreak
of Reason

Manual on alternative
dispute resolution
English edition
Greek flyer

Ethics, CSR &

English version
Greek flyer
Forthcoming in 2010

Introduction to
Hellenic Genealogy
by Mary Papoutsy--
a comprehensive guide
to researching Greek
ancestry in Greece and
areas of the Diaspora

Genealogy Lectures
by Mary Papoutsy

01 May 2011--Worcester, MA
07 May 2011--Broomall, PA

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Current & Recent Articles

Alumni Association of Halki Theological School Reviews Ecumenical Patriarchate of Orthodox Christianity Under Siege [in Greek]

"Chronia Polla"--Happy Birthday--to Very Rev. Constantine J. Andrews!

A Message from the Patriarch of Jerusalem--by Dr. Anthony G. Ziagos, Sr.

Under Siege: Halki and the Ecumenical Patriarchate--a Book Review by Dr. Anthony G. Ziagos, Sr.

Word Processing and Genealogical or Historical Writing

CANA Continues Protest Campaign Against Award to Turkish Minister

Spotlight on Nick Katsoris: Author and Founder of Loukoumi Books--by Markos Papadatos

Turkey Progresses in Discussions with Ecumenical Patriarchate

Austrian MP Ewald Stadler Blasts Turkey

Turkish Response to Austrian MP Stadler

Greece and the Taxman: Why the Greek Government Wants to Turn Us into Criminals--by Andrew Leech (Part One of three-part series)

Greece and the Taxman. Scrootzos--Christmas and the Greek Taxman--by Andrew Leech (Part Two of three-part series)

Greece and the Taxman. Scrootzos and the Recession: Greek Enlightenment, or Who Benefits?--by Andrew Leech (Part Three of three-part series)

John Trikeriotis Reviews The Battle of Marathon

The Marriage between Press and Political Parties is Finally Beginning to Break Down in Greece--by John Psaropoulos at

William Gillett, New Dean of the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University: A Fresh Perspective

Remembering the Asia Minor Catastrophe: 2010 Christos Papoutsy Lecture at the Stathakion--by Catherine Tsounis

Trusts in Greece: Damaging One's Title to Land--by Anna Houghton, Esq. and Gianna Zafeiropoulou, Esq.

Your Chance to Buy Property in Greece--by Christos Iliopoulos

Cyprus Action Network of America Answers Turkish Propaganda over Gaza Flotilla Incidents

A 12-year-old's Inspiring Letter Is a Call for All to Assist Church Ministries

Spotlight on Orianthi--A Musical Star of Greek Heritage

Mikrasia Revisited: A Glimpse of Peristasi in Eastern Thrace--by James L. Marketos, Esq.

Letter from Athens--The Papoutsy Way: An Ethical Guide for Greece--by Andy Dabilis, National Herald Editor

Spotlight on a Star of Greek Heritage: Actor Gilles Marini--by Markos Papadatos

Pampered Like a Pasha at the Miramare on Rhodes--by Andrew Leech

Greece Leads in Sound Suppression for Next Generation Aircraft--by Andrew Leech

Zero Tax for Greek Inheritances before 1995--by Christos Iliopoulos, LLM.

Prometheus Society Education Awards at 2010 Hermes Expo

Review of "English Equivalents to Foreign Given Names" Posted by US GenWeb Project

New Online Databases for Genealogical Research on Lancaster County in Pennsylvania

Egyptian State Security Demolishes Anglican Christian Church, Assaults Pastor

American College in Greece Offers New Study-Travel in Greece Cultural Program

Armenian Genocide Resolution Passes US Congress Committee

Sweden Recognizes Assyrian, Greek, and Armenian Genocides

Review of The Greeks of Today 1907 by George Horton and Republished by Hellenic Electronic Center

Obama and Hellenic America: Year in Review--by Ioannis Fidanakis

Problems in Constantinople, Imvros and Tenedos as Reported by the Greek Parliament's Special Standing Committee on Hellenism in the Diaspora [in Greek]

The Decedent Lived Abroad, But Left Assets in Greece--by Christos Iliopoulos, LL.M.

Hellenism in Giardini-Naxos (Sicily)--by Catherine Tsounis

IOCC Urgent Action Appeal: Relief for the Beleaguered People of Haiti

New Yorkers Attend Weprin Inauguration--by Catherine Tsounis

Inheritance Taxes in Greece--2010 Update--by Attorney Christos Iliopoulos

Elegant Music for Belly Dance - The Fred Elias Ensemble

Forced Islamization of Christian Conscripts in the Egyptian Army

A Moving Visit of Dr. Olga Sarantopoulos with the Hellenes of Hungary and Slovakia. Warm Reception by Veterans of the Greek Civil War.
[English] [Greek]

Turkish Court Rules Against Assyrian Monastery

Free lectures on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Now Being Scheduled

Where Did The Fifteen Trillion Dollars Go? (Originally posted 2002; updated 2009)

Releases from Organizations

Anna Vissi to Appear in Concert at Orlando--May 8, 2011

Two-Week Summer Educational Program in Greece Announced for American College Students in 2011: Hellenic Heritage Program

Book Release for The Battle of Marathon by Peter Krentz

Chris Papoutsy to Deliver Presentation on Latest Book, Halki: Greek Orthodox Christianity under Siege, in Hollywood, FL at St. George Greek Orthodox Church (PDF poster--1.7M)

Waterbury, CT, DOP Hosts Christos Papoutsy to Speak about Ships of Mercy (PDF flyer)

AHEPA Keeps Pressure on NY Port Authority, Sends 12,000 Signatures to PA Executive Director

Illumination Opera Presents "Art is Calling: An Evening with Greek Soprano Julie Ziavras"

Fairfield University's Museum Launches Major Exhibition on New Athenian Acropolis Museum

Southern New Hampshire University Announces Papoutsy Chair Lecture in Environmental Ethics and Social Responsibility

Boston Cathedral Cultural Committee Hosts a "Musical Odyssey" October 23, 2010

Hellenic Arts Society of Worcester Celebrates 33rd Year, Announces Series of Cultural Events

Papoutsy to Lecture at AHI on Ships of Mercy in Commemoration of Catastrophe of Smyrna

Apostolides Produces Another Novel: The Lion and the Nurse

Disappearance of Priest's Wife Leads to Coptic Demonstrations in Egypt--Another of Many Outrages Against Christians

Appeal for Help in Restoring Historic Orthodox Monastery in Kosovo

From the Worcester, Massachusetts Epirotes: An Evening with Pyrros Dimas, Four-Time Olympic Weight-Lifting Medalist

Greek-America Foundation Announces Two Full-Tuition Scholarships for Study at American College of Greece

Homeric Days in Kos at Hippokratia Festival 2010

Patriarch Bartholomaios Lauds Halki: Greek Orthodox Christianity Under Siege

Washington Attorney Commends Ships of Mercy

Press Release of International Coordinating Committee for Northern Epirus Issues [Greek]

Macedonian Associations Issue Urgent Call to Action to All Greeks in Response to Possible New Composite Name for FYROM--21 June 2010--CALL TO ACTION

Macedonian Associations Call to Action--[Greek]

Ships of Mercy Debuts in Athens

5th Annual Hellenic Soccer Tournament 3-5 September 2010 in Illinois. Team Registrations Welcome.

Greek Budgetary Cuts Affect Staffing of U.S. Language Schools: SAE Proposes Modest Nationwide Campaign to Fund Programs [Greek]

Invitation to Cultural Program Dedicated to Salamis, Cyprus on June 11, 2010 at Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria

Bomb Blast at the Home of Himara's Greek Mayor: Continuous Challenges for the Minority Greeks of Albania [English] [Click here for Greek release]

Uruguay Sings Homer [English] [Click here for Greek]

The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, and the Mytilenian Society Host the Ships of Mercy Presentation and Book Signing with Christos Papoutsy - May 15, 2010

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Issues Message on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Ships of Mercy Reviews by Professors Stavrakoglou and Gdontellis

Kalloni Lesvos Greece Host Ships of Mercy Book Presentation

Christos Papoutsy Dispels Myth of 1922 Catastrophe --by Catherine Tsounis

Aiolika Nea Newspaper of Mytilene Reviews Ships of Mercy

Book Review by Christina Voyianni Aiolika, Mytilini

Naval History Magazine Acknowledges Ships of Mercy, Asa  Jennings and the U.S. Navy

Click Here to Browse a Collection of Downloadable Greek Recordings of 78-Records from the 40s, 50s, & 60s

The Root Cause of the Corrupt Stock Market and Flow of Capital. The Invisible Hand [doc file]

Ships of Mercy, the Smyrna Rescue Story, Goes Global

Upcoming Events
Longterm or Ongoing

Museum Exhibition: "Gifts from Athens. Plaster Casts from the Acropolis Museum and Photographs by Socratis Mavrommatis." Exhibition on view until December 17 in the Bellarmine Museum of Fairfield University in Connecticut. For more information, see press release or calendar entry.

Hellenic Arts Society of Worcester Annual Cultural Series 2010-2011. This year's series features programs in music, film, poetry, and a trip to Ellis Island. See events release for more information.

Book Presentation by Christos Papoutsy on latest work about Halki Theological School. Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, Fall 2010. More details to be announced.

Special Events

February Greek Film Festival, sponsored by the Hellenic Arts Society of Worcester. Tonna Reception Room at St. Spyridon GO Cathedral, 4pm, followed by reception. Color films in Greek with English subtitles: Sundays, Feb. 13, 20, and 27. For more information, see calendar entry or release.

Museum exhibition of works of artist Christos Calivas. Paintings of artist inspired by visit to ancestral village, Poulitha, in Peloponnese. Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH. Through end of February.

HBN Networking After Work--Boston and San Francisco--17 May 2011. See calendar entry for more information.

Annual Dinner Dance of Panchiaki Korais Society, Chapter 1. Organization to crown Miss Chios. Terrace on the Park in Flushing, New York. See calendar entry for more details. 19 February 2011.

Banquet held by Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in honor of the 20th anniversary of the ordination and ecclesiastical service of Very Reverend Father Makarios Niakaros. Area Orthodox congregants and clergy invited to attend. Event free and to be held in Church Hall at 2:30pm on Sunday, 20 February 2011.

HBN Networking After Work--New York. Kellari Taverna. See calendar entry for more information. 22 February 2011.

Book presentation, "Halki: Greek Orthodox Christianity under Siege," by author Christos Papoutsy. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Dover, NH. Following Presanctified Liturgy (6:30pm) and community dinner. For more details, contact church. 09 March 2011.

Grigoris Maninakis Concerts: Archontorebetika--The Unforgettable Greek Songs from the Late 40's through the 60's. Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria, NY. See calendar entries for more details. 19 and 20 March 2011.

Culinary Demonstration, Book-signing, and Wine Reception with Argiro Barbarigou, First Lady of Greek Cuisine. Sponsored by St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church of Arlington in collaboration with Greek America Foundation. Robbins Memorial Town Hall in Arlington, MA. For more details, see calendar entry or event and author flyers. 20 March 2011.

Book presentations by author Christos Papoutsy (Halki: Greek Orthodox Christianity Under Siege) and Mary Papoutsy (Introduction to Hellenic American Genealogy). Atlantic City, Hermes Expo, April 2011. More details to be announced.

Worcester Hellenic Arts Society Lecture: "The Poetic Imagination of Constantine Cavafy" by Prof. Panagiotis Roilos of the Classics Department of Harvard University. See calendar entry or release for more details. 10 April 2011.

Genealogy lecture, "Ellis Island and Hellenic Genealogy," by Mary Papoutsy for Worcester Hellenic Arts Society. 01 May 2011.

Genealogy workshop at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church of Broomall, PA, led by Mary Papoutsy. Sponsored by Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia. 07 May 2011.

Anna Vissi Concert Live at Orlando, Florida. Portion of proceeds to benefit Philoxenia House in Boston. See release and poster for more info. 8 May 2011.

Ellis Island Trip and Dinner, sponsored by Worcester Hellenic Arts Society. More details under calendar entry or on release. 14 May 2011.

37th Biennial Convention of the Pan-Epirotic Federation of America, hosted by the Daughters of Epirus--St. Louis. 20-21 May 2011.

6th International and 57th National Chian Convention in Chios, Greece. August 2011.

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