Lecture by Renowned Historian, Dr. Speros Vryonis,
at  Connecticut on Destruction of Greek Community in Istanbul

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Storrs, CT--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.

Speros Vryonis, Jr., is one of the most eminent Byzantinists of his generation. After a distinguished career at UCLA, he became the founding director of the Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies at New York University, from which he retired as Alexander S. Onassis Professor Emeritus of Hellenic Civilization.

The Constantine S. Macricostas Lecture Series at WCSU was established by Mr.
Constantine Macricostas, along with an endowment fund at WCSU for Hellenic Studies and major contributions for the construction of the Center for Hellenic Studies at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut, the replica Tholos of Delphi at the University of South Alabama, and construction at Florida Atlantic University.

About Hellenic Society "Paideia," Inc.

The Hellenic Society Paideia is a non-profit organization having numerous chapters in the United States, Greece and Brazil. It was formed in 1977 in Storrs, Connecticut by a group of Philhellenes whose purpose was to make available to the present, as well as secure for the future, the historic role of the Hellenic tradition and language.

In 1990, the university provided a parcel of land for the construction of a 20,000 square foot Byzantine-style educational center, called "Macedonia," and a Greek Orthodox Chapel, "The Three Hierarchs." An open-air theater is presently in the pre-construction phase. The goals and objectives of "Paideia" are to assist in the preservation and promotion of the Hellenic heritage, history, language, culture, and art. Also, to promote the furtherance of the principles and ideals of Hellenism as a living philosophy, to encourage the study of the classic arts in local public schools, high schools, colleges and universities and to establish an awareness of the special relationship between the principles of Hellenism and the basic tenets of Western democracy.

Contact Hellenic Society "Paideia" at the Center for Hellenic Studies "Paideia," 28 Dog Lane, P.O. Box 818, Storrs, CT 06268; Tel: (860) 4298518; web http://www.paideiaonline.org

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