The 2017 Heritage America Program, sponsored by the National Hellenic Society and Manatos & Manatos, is officially underway! This unique and proprietary program is in its second year and will reconnect college-aged Greek American students with their roots, heritage, culture, and Hellenic identity through the prism of the American experience. Students will learn little-known information about the rise of Greeks in America over the last 100 years. Participants will meet a who's-who of Greek-American decision makers, business leaders, and other important contacts who will serve as future mentors and career guides for Heritage America alumni.
For more information about the program, please visit http://www.nationalhellenicsociety.org/heritage-america.html.
The NHS Chicago chapter hosted a poolside summer barbecue at the home of chapter-chairs Doctors Chad and Marilyn Prodromos on Saturday, July 8, 2017. NHS members and guests were in attendance. The entertainment for the evening was provided by actress and singer, Lisa Zane (actor Billy Zane’s sister!).
This is America & the World is a series hosted by Dennis Wholey, a journalist and best-selling author with over 40 years of broadcast experience. The weekly series covers international affairs and is produced in Washington, D.C., featuring countries around the world. The series is broadcast nationally on public television and PBS stations, and it is distributed internationally by Voice of America Television. Dennis explores the cultural, social and political lives of people around the world.
The 3-part series of This is America Visits Greece was shot in Greece and airs as follows: Part I on Sunday, July 9; Part II on Sunday, July 16; and Part Episode III on Sunday, July 23.
Thanks to the George & Judy Marcus Family Foundation, the National Hellenic Society (NHS), American College of Greece (ACG), and the Heritage Greece Program will be highlighted in Part II on Sunday, July 16 at 10:00. The episode will feature interviews of several Heritage Greece Program participants and the American College of Greece President, David Horner.
Heritage Greece 2017 has officially begun! Sixty-two students will share a two-and-a-half week cultural and educational immersion experience at the American College of Greece in Athens. It is a cultural, educational, and inspirational odyssey, and participants are accompanied by 20 students from the American College of Greece. It is a trip that alumni have described as a life-changing experience. The group met on Thursday, June 8 for orientation in Washington, DC, and a reception was graciously hosted at AHEPA Headquarters with the Heritage Greece 2017 class, NHS members, and Greek American mentors in attendance. The students will leave the following day.
Heritage Greece is about “connections”– connecting the students to their respective Greek roots, heritage, identity, and to one another as they forge life-long relationships. This year marks the eighth year of NHS’ empirical studies of the Heritage Greece Program, and we’ve compiled enough data to support a broader study of the positive impact the Program has on these students and their families. It is truly remarkable! This year’s Heritage Greece trip includes taking a Greek language class at the American College of Greece, touring the Parthenon and Delphi, taking a weekend trip to the Peloponnesus" , and more!
The National Hellenic Society, on behalf of Chairman, George Marcus (Moutsanas), Co-Founder of Marcus & Millichap, hosted a reception for Greek American real estate industry professionals attending the 2017 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon in Las Vegas, NV on Monday, May 22nd at Piero's Italian Cuisine. The reception featured an exclusive presentation by John Chang, First Vice President of Marcus & Millichap, which focused on assessing the status and outlook of the commercial real estate market. The reception was an opportunity to network with other Greek American real estate professionals from every walk of the real estate industry and to hear more about the NHS' incredible programs.
An Evening of Music, Dancing, and Festivities to Benefit the National Hellenic Museum
The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) hosted its spectacular 2017 Gala on Saturday, May 13th in the magnificent Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. This year’s Gala, themed “Stories of Our Journey”, celebrated the diverse stories of the Greek American experience -- the history that NHM collects, preserves, and shares every day of the year. Under a dome of twinkling lights, and surrounded by the magnificent Chicago skyline, over 650 Greek Americans gathered with their friends and family to celebrate their heritage and give to the Museum in the spirit of philanthropy.
Greek American Chicago sportscaster Lou Canellis served as Master of Ceremonies and began the evening by sharing how he had been inspired by his Greek heritage. Governor Bruce Rauner paid tribute to the contributions of Greek Americans to culture and society. NHM Board Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr. and NHM President Dr. Laura Calamos then spoke about how the Museum inspires and educates many generations of Americans through the NHM’s exhibits, classes, and programs. This year’s event also featured both silent and live auctions to benefit the NHM and its educational mission. After dinner, Greece's Elli Kokkinou and Christos Menidiatis brought the crowd to their feet as the gala audience danced into the night Όλοι μαζί (All together).
Dr. Savas Dimopoulos, leading particle physicist from Stanford University kicks off Elios Society and National Hellenic Society Luncheon Series
NHS and Elios Society members and guests gathered at the intimate Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto, CA, May 9th for a special afternoon with one of the world's most renown particle physicists from Stanford University and complemented by the restaurant's delicious cuisine. The event was the first in a series of luncheons featuring outstanding guests representing the best of our heritage, inspiring and edifying us all.
Guest speaker, Dr. Savas Dimopoulos received a warm welcome from the over 40 guests. His research at the Large Haldron Colider at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva has yielded substantial findings leading to his theories on the nature of the universe, the possibilities of multiple universes, and other possible dimensions.
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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