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!
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.