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.
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!
The National Hellenic Society in collaboration with the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation held its Third Annual Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet luncheon in Georgetown thanks to the generosity and dedication of hosts, Ted and Demetra Argeroplos. Ted and Demetra are NHS members and parents of children that attended both the Heritage America and Heritage Greece Programs. Ted also serves on the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors.
Undergraduate and graduate students met to discuss their respective career aspirations ranging from law, government, international relations, accounting, consulting engineering, computer science, federal government agency work. Representative higher educational institutions included Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, Christopher Newport and other universities. NHS members from throughout the U.S. are available to serve as mentors and provide advice, guidance and direction to alumni of the Heritage Greece, Heritage America and PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation.
On Saturday, March 16th, the NHS DC Chapter hosted a complementary screening of members Marianne & Dean Metropoulos’ film, Cliffs of Freedom. Our guest speaker Ambassador Patrick Theros gave a brief background of the War of Greek Independence before the film began. The film received the round of applause and the audience was thrilled by the movie’s caliber, story-line and poignancy! The event finished off with lunch at a nearby restaurant.
On Monday, March 18th, following The White House’s Greek Independence Day celebration, the National Hellenic Society’s Washington, DC Chapter hosted a reception at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Co-chairs Mike Manatos & Louis Courembis welcomed attendees to the annual celebration of heritage and culture as well as introduced some of the night’s honored guests to give their remarks. Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH), Foreign Minister George Koumoutsakos, AHEPA Past Supreme President Carl R. Hollister, New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, NHS Chairman Drake Behrakis, and NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos were among those who spoke during the evening. The event also promoted the “Cliffs of Freedom” film produced and written by NHS Members Dean and Marianne Metropoulos, as well as the National Hellenic Society’s Heritage Greece program.
Washington, DC - On Sunday, December 2nd, NHS Members Ted and Demetra Argeroplos sponsored a meet and greet luncheon at the il Canale restaurant in Georgetown. NHS members, along with Heritage Greece alumni and Pan-Hellenic scholars were present. The purpose of the luncheon was to connect these students with prospective mentors who will be able to provide guidance and advice that will help them in the future. The National Hellenic Society is excited that the first of many events designed for fostering the Mentor/Mentee relationship between our members and our program participants was a success. We look forward to many more events like this as we launch this new phase of our Heritage Greece and Heritage America programs. Thank you Demetra and Ted Argeroplos for sponsoring this event to kick off this exciting new chapter!
And they’re off! Every year, the National Hellenic Society sponsors Greek American college students on a two-week educational and cultural immersion experience at the American College of Greece to discover their heritage and culture through the Heritage Greece Program. This year, we are proud to sponsor 65 participants, joined by 13 peer students from ACG.
Meeting in Washington, DC before heading to Greece tonight, the group visited the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, where they heard from several classicist and fellows, and the Greek Embassy where His Excellency Ambassador Lalacos and his diplomatic corps welcomed the participants and provided an overview of Greece’s challenges. They then visited Capitol Hill, where they met with Congressman John Sarbanes, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and the staffs of Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Congressman Charlie Crist, and Congresswoman Dina Titus! This is just the beginning of a life-long commitment to these Greek American ambassadors of Hellenic heritage!
Safe travels and καλό ταξίδι παιδιά!
Following the White House salute in honor of Greek Independence Day, the NHS hosted their second annual after-party reception for members, guests, and VIPs to honor Greece’s 186 years of freedom from the Ottoman Empire. Several Greek American organizations, Greek and Cypriot Embassy representatives, and politicians, as well as Greek artists Kalomoira, Thanos Petrelis, and Vassy, were in attendance. It was a night to remember. Ζήτω Ελλάδα – long live Greece!
CLICK HERE FOR EVENT PHOTOS!
Celebrity chef and author Diane Kochilas is back for a special NHS tour to celebrate her PBS 13-part series, My Greek Table. The series is also co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society.
Diane was the featured guest at four NHS chapter-hosted events along with NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos in Boston, MA at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hosted by NHS Chairman Drake Behrakis; Philadelphia, PA at Estia Restaurant hosted by Estia’s Stacy Pashalis and NHS member John Vasiliou; New York, NY, hosted by Kellari Taverna; and Washington, DC, hosted by Kellari Taverna DC. Diane talked about her My Greek Table journey, and guests also got to watch clips from the series while sampling wine and cheese!
My Greek Table is now available to watch online at http://www.pbs.org/show/my-greek-table/. Enjoy!