The NHS hosted a tour of the Onassis Cultural Center New York’s phenomenal exhibit, A World of Emotions, followed by a luncheon featuring Onassis Foundation Executive Director Amalia Cosmetatou on April 25, 2017. A World of Emotion is exclusively at the Onassis Cultural Center New York, and it brings together more than 130 masterpieces from some of the finest museums in the world, including the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum Athens, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museums, etc. to explore the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted. The exhibition was developed by a team of distinguished guest curators over the course of more than four years, and it features vase paintings, sculptures (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts from the early 7th century BC (the traditional date of the Iliad) to the late 2nd century AD (the beginning of the end of pagan antiquity). Many are on view in the United States for the first time and some will be seen for the first time outside Greece. These objects provide a timely opportunity to think about the role of feelings in our own personal, social, and political lives, while helping to advance the relatively new field of the history of emotions.
For those interested, A World of Emotion will be on exhibition until June 24, 2017 and admission is free! Click here for more information!
Dr. Robert Green is a medical geneticist and physician-scientist directs the G2p Research Program in translational genomics and health outcomes in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, and Harvard Medical School. His talk at Strega Waterfront Boston included intriguing information on the application of genetic research and knowledge that will benefit our health. The reception had a great mix of NHS members, Heritage Greece alumni, and guests, including NHS friends and partner organizations (American College of Greece, Alpha Omega, Benaki Museum, Boston University).
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Following the White House salute in honor of Greek Independence Day, the NHS coordinated a reception for members and guests to honor 185 years of freedom from the Ottoman Empire. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios was in attendance and offered a few words. Several Greek American organizations, Greek and Cypriot Embassy representatives, and politicians were in attendance.
Los Angeles' NHS guests engage in timely discussion regarding today's news environment
Seasoned journalist, NHS member and educator John Metaxas offered an informative presentation followed by a lively discussion March 23, 2017 at the Wilson & Harding Golf Course in Los Angeles' beautiful Griffith Park. In addition to addressing today's news climate, he also shared a glimpse into his diverse career. He challenged the guests to identify the first image in his presentation which set the stage. The photo depicted Senator Joseph McCarthy with his lawyer Ron Cohen who later was the lawyer and mentor of President Donald Trump. From there, he segued to one of his personal inspiration's, journalist Edward R. Murrow, whose See It Now show which criticized McCarthyism and led to the political downfall of the senator.
The American Hellenic Institute honored several outstanding Greek Americans at their annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards Dinner, which included Dr. Van Coufoudakis, Paul Glastris, NHS co-founder Dr. George Korkos, and NHS member Dennis Mehiel. Axios!
The National Hellenic Society hosted a luncheon at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. It was moderated by Mike Manatos, NHS Board member and President of Manatos & Manatos, and featured Ambassador and first Director of National Intelligence, the Honorable John Negroponte, and Ambassador and Executive Director of the US-Qatar Business Council, the Honoable Patrick Theros. The two spoke on present U.S. foreign policy from their vantage points, seasoned by life-long careers as U.S. diplomats. They discussed the challenges, risk, and opportunities facing the West within the context of America’s political transition. Especially given recent news developments, this discussion was very compelling and lively.
The National Hellenic Society and National Geographic Studios Join Forces to Bring Greek Presence in the Classroom and on Television
The National Hellenic Society (NHS) is proud to announce its collaboration with National Geographic as co-producers of the ten-part digital series, The Greek Guide to Greatness (GGG). The collaboration is unprecedented, co-branding NHS with the world renowned National Geographic. NHS strives to be a beacon to for the promotion, appreciation, and celebration of Hellenic heritage in the United States. NHS is a steward of this legacy of democratic values and ideals that needs to be passed on to the next generation and shared with mainstream audiences.
Largest youth gathering of traditional Greek dancing and singing worldwide
NHS hosted a booth at the 41st annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF) in San Diego during President's Weekend that attracts over 2,500 dancers/singers, their families and friends. Heritage Greece (HG) Alumnus Bobby Kamaris was on hand to meet with students and their parents interested in the program June 8-25, 2017 along with NHS West Coast Chapter Coordinator Frosene Phillips. Additionally, an HG video presentation was presented to the over 4,000 attendees at Opening Ceremonies. For more information on HG, visit nationalhellenicsociety.org. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.
Elios Society President John Gumas announced the official beginning of affiliation between the Elios Society and National Hellenic Society (NHS) at their annual February member's meeting, convening at the Waterbar restaurant overlooking the SF Bay and Bay Bridge picturesque landscape. NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos shared an informative presentation about NHS' vision and programs including excerpts from the NHS co-production of the National Geographic produced, Greek Guide to Greatness. NHS signature program for college aged students is the Heritage Greece Program sponsored by the NHS and hosted by the American College of Greece in Athens. Heritage Greece Alumnus Nicholas Gumas described the life-changing impact and experience he shared with 50 other Greek American students, as well as students from Greece, on NHS’ signature program, the Heritage Greece Program (hosted by NHS and the American College of Greece in Athens). The affiliation of NHS & Elios members expands NHS Bay Area presence to nearly 100 members and warranted a champagne toast in celebration of the great things to come by working together!