Through rain, sleet, or snow, NHS continues to grow
Seattle's biggest snowstorm in five years February 6th miraculously subsided just in time to the delight of friends of the Seattle Greek American community. Guests gathered for an intimate special NHS presentation by Art Dimopoulos and warm parea at the beautiful home of Kenny and Kris Dudunakis. Heritage Greece Alumnus Evan Skandalis offered his firsthand impressions of the summer NHS signature program. The evening also featured episodes of The Greek Guide to Greatness.
The hit three-part National Geographic miniseries, The Greeks, has impressed
the homeland and is now airing there. Read more here.
Art Dimopoulos, Executive Director of the National Hellenic Society, spoke at the ten year anniversary celebration of the Hellenic Cultural center of the Southwest in Houston, TX. The Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest (HCC-SW) promotes an understanding of the rich history and legacy that Hellenes have given to civilization and presents the saga of triumphs and sacrifices that were made during this long historic journey. Focusing on Hellenic contributions to language, government, arts, architecture, athletics, science, medicine, and philosophy, HCC-SW programs strive to benefit groups and individuals through education in civic affairs, health, and citizenship.
For the past 50 years, Dr. Camp has been involved at the Agora excavations under the Acropolis where he began as a Harvard volunteer in his teens. ASCSA is a consortium consisting of over 200 US colleges and universities that have been involved in the archeological and classical studies in Greece since the late 1800s.World’s leading classical archaeologist and ASCSA executive director share an insider’s perspective
The NHS sponsored one of the world’s leading classical archaeologists, Dr. John Camp, who was joined by George Orfanakos, Executive Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) in a series of presentations that included Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California.
CyArk, who presented at Heritage Weekend & Classic this past year, wrote an article about their participation. They are an international non-profit organization with the mission to capture, archive, and enable virtual access to the world’s cultural heritage. Go to their website to learn more about their great work!
The NHS Attended the Hellenic American Women’s Council 2016 Annual Conference held on Saturday, December 3, 2016. They hosted a panel discussion on safety and how to react to threats, and panelists included: moderator Laura Evans Manatos, Dr. Terry Gudaitis, Debra Anderson, Stephanie Samoska, and Andrew Rogers. The keynote speaker and Aristeon Award honoree was Her Excellency, Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis.
The NHS attended the American Hellenic Institute’s 15th Annual Future of Hellenism Conference held on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The conference included several thoughtful panels discussing Greek education in America, the Greek American community, and the next generation of Greek Americans.
The Greek Guide to Greatness (GGG) allows one to view the modern world through ancient eyes that help us understand the past, shape the present, and see into the future.
Thanks to historians, scholars, and archaeologists, the Greeks' once elusive greatness has been studied, analyzed, and dissected. The problem was, to really grasp their secrets, you would need to read textbook after textbook, attend countless lectures, or maybe even get a degree. Well, not anymore! Now, thanks to the idea-sharing capabilities of the Internet, the secrets to ancient Greek greatness are right at your ﬁngertips and easily accessible in GGG. Like a video handbook, it is composed of ten chapters that cover topics ranging from politics and the economy to entertainment and athletics. Each chapter is a two to three minute video that relates and applies the ancient wisdom of the Greeks to our modern, American society.
Additionally, National Geographic Education, through its partnership with Cengage Learning, will distribute GGG with accompanying curriculum and lesson plans to over 1 million high school history classes from grades 8-11 nationwide.
GGG is a celebration and mission for us to question, ponder, and take action to strive to be genuinely "great." With insightful interviews, punchy text on screen, animations, and archival shots, each chapter is a fast-paced, informative exploration especially designed to appeal to a young audience. Stay tuned for more from this exciting and pioneering ten-part series!
HELLENIC CAREER CENTER (HCC) – www.helleniccareercenter.com – is a comprehensive job board and career center for the Greek American community sponsored by the NATIONAL HELLENIC SOCIETY.
The new HCC website offers a full career management profile to participants. The HCC now offers access to job postings nationwide and offers an easy way to connect with featured job openings from Greek American owned or managed businesses.
Theofanis V. Economidis, a founding member of the National Hellenic Society, is the 2016 recipient of the Nicholas J Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship. This is an award presented annually by the Order of Saint Andrew to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary and incomparable stewardship to the Order, enabling Archons to vigorously pursue securing religious freedom for the Mother Church of Constantinople. Archon George Saﬁol, Award Committee chairman, said, "Archon Economidis has exempliﬁed tremendous stewardship of time, talent and resources in support of the Mother Church of Constantinople, the Orthodox Christian Church throughout the United States, and to the mission of the Order of Saint Andrew in which all Christians should be granted religious freedom rights. Our committee deemed it appropriate to recognize his eﬀorts and name him as the recipient of this prestigious Award in recognition of the extraordinary service exempliﬁed by National Vice Commander Bouras."