The National Hellenic Society and Manatos & Manatos implemented the first hybrid Heritage America Program since the onset of the pandemic. 15 students traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with high-ranking government officials, visit Capitol Hill, the Greek Embassy, the White House and watch a Baltimore Orioles Game! They also participated in online Zoom sessions joined by other students who were eager to hear Greek heritage stories and be mentored by the most prominent Greek-Americans across the country. Everyone had an incredible time and left with a “book” worth of career advice! The Heritage America hybrid experience truly captured many Greek-American stories of hard work, resilience, filotimo, passion and filoxenia! We’re so grateful to all the speakers and kind hosts for giving our students this amazing opportunity to learn from the best mentors!
In the June 12th edition of The Greek Reporter, Tasos Kokkinidis authored an article entitled Greek American Students Get Taste of Greece Through Heritage Program. Read part of the article below and the full article by clicking the button after the jump!
Dozens of Greek American students are visiting Greece through the Heritage Greece Program, a two-week cultural and educational odyssey that connects them to their Hellenic roots.
The first group of Greek American students arrived on June 10 and the second group will arrive on July 1.
The Heritage Greece Program is an educational and cultural immersion experience shared with students from The American College of Greece (ACG) in Athens. The college, also known as Deree, is located at Agia Paraskevi, a leafy suburb in north Athens.
GREEK-AMERICAN STUDENTS: Apply now for Opportunity to be Mentored by Some of the Community's Biggest Names
WASHINGTON, DC, May 30, 2023 -- Greek-American college students can now apply to be mentored by many of the most prominent Greek-Americans across the country in-person and online July 26-29, 2023.
The deadline for applications to the 8th annual National Hellenic Society Heritage America Program is Wednesday, July 12.
To apply for this year's virtual program, please click here.
Stavridis, Tenet, Negroponte…Dukakis, Podesta, Stephanopoulos, Psaki, Priebus…Sarbanes, Bilirakis, Titus, Malliotakis, Pappas…NowThis, Fox News, New York Times, Georgetown Cupcakes, Spotify, Facebook…Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Ambassadors of Greece and Cyprus...Behrakis, Calamos, Metropoulos, Psaros. They are all regular participants in this remarkable program.
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Members of the National Hellenic Society from all over the United States traveled to New York City to attend the 2023 American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) Gala. The annual gala supports the ASCSA's mission of preserving, promoting, and protecting all aspects of Greek culture from antiquity to the present.
After the Gala, the NHS hosted an after party at Kellari New York, with music by Mylos and plenty of parea! Thank you to everybody who came out to support both the NHS and ASCSA!
Heritage Greece Alumni along with NHS young professionals marched proudly on 5th Avenue with the Cliffs of Freedom banner advertising a movie that celebrates our freedom and culture. Despite acute weather conditions, thousands of people were in attendance cheering the marchers.
Cliffs of Freedom features an unforgettable performance by Academy Award-winning actor, the late Christopher Plummer. Also starring are Emmy Award-winning actress, Patti LuPone, Screen Actors Guild Award-Winning actor, Billy Zane, Tania Raymonde, Jan Uddin, Raza Jaffrey and an all-star supporting cast.
The NHS had a blast at the 2023 Independence Day Parade in Philly!
Thousands of people were in attendance celebrating our freedom and culture. Heritage Greece alumni marched with a banner advertising Cliffs of Freedom, an epic film inspired by historical events set at the dawn of Greece's War for Independence in 1821.
The film features an unforgettable performance by Academy Award-winning actor, the late Christopher Plummer. Also starring are Emmy Award-winning actress, Patti LuPone, Screen Actors Guild Award-Winning actor, Billy Zane, Tania Raymonde, Jan Uddin, Raza Jaffrey and an all-star supporting cast.
Last night, the National Hellenic Society, along with the Washington OXI Day Foundation, hosted a reception in honor of Greek Independence Day at the Almas Shriners Building in Washington, DC. NHS Members and many other prominent Greek Americans were present on this momentous occasion.
NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos presented many of the programs that the National Hellenic Society has been working on, including promoting feature film Cliffs of Freedom. Additional speakers included Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Jimmy Kokotas, Supreme President of the Order of AHEPA, and Diane Kochilas, renowned chef and host of My Greek Table.
The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Ioannis Lefas on Who Owns History, Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure by Geoffrey Robertson. The book, which was available free of charge for all members present, examines the contemporary problem of the return of cultural property taken from its country of creation in the case of the Parthenon Marbles.
The NHS is thankful for all members of our parea who were able to attend!
Last night, over 40 attendees came to Psomi Restaurant in Tampa for a joint National Hellenic Society & Leadership 100 reception. Rising star Chef Christina Theofilos spoke of her family’s Greek traditions, especially her mom’s culinary influence. NHS Chair Drake Behrakis welcomed guests and discussed the transformational Heritage Greece program. L100 chair and NHS board member, Jim Logothetis, remarked about collaborative efforts between organizations to better serve the next generation.
Special guest, Diane Kochilas, spoke of her program, My Greek Table, and an upcoming season focused on the Greek American story.
On March 22, members of The National Hellenic Society along with their friends and family enjoyed a reception at the upscale, beautiful Avra Restaurant in Beverly Hills with former University of Southern California President Max Nikias.
Nikias spoke about leadership as inspired by the ancient philosopher: Xenophon. It was a truly fascinating discussion that gave NHS members a different perspective on leadership and engaged them in a fun conversation. Max Nikias will also join us at our most memorable event of the year, The National Hellenic Society's Heritage Weekend and Classic, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada October 5th - 8th.
The NHS thanks owner of Avra, Nick Tsoulos, for his great hospitality, delicious food and wonderful "parea."
The NHS is committed to continuing the planning of successful events in all our members' regions and furthering our mission to create a lasting network of Greek Americans and preserve our heritage.