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!
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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!
NHS Washington, DC co-hosted the fabulous Col. Rose Mary Sheldon at the International Spy Museum. Sheldon, author of Ambush: Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare and Espionage in the Ancient World captivated the audience by discussing the art of ancient Greek espionage. Click here for more details.
Click here to view Ancient Espionage: The Greeks and the Great Game
Following the White House salute in honor of Greek Independence Day, the NHS coordinated a reception for members and guests to honor 185 years of freedom from the Ottoman Empire. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios was in attendance and offered a few words. Several Greek American organizations, Greek and Cypriot Embassy representatives, and politicians were in attendance.
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.
WASHINGTON - The NHS and Manatos & Manatos, a leading government relations and advocacy firm, collaborated to develop the NHS Heritage America Program -- an experiential odyssey connecting Greek-American college students to their Hellenic roots, heritage and culture within the context and resources Washington, DC has to offer. This past weekend, selected candidates met 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.
The Greek Guide to Greatness is a digital series co-produced by the NHS and National Geographic Television. The digital production will feature a series of vignettes highlighting the contributions of the ancient Greek world to contemporary society— many of which we take for granted yet remain part of daily life. The digital series is funded by the NHS and through a generous grant from the George and Judy Marcus Foundation.
The National Hellenic Society’s Washington DC Chapter (NHS DC) held a sports legends luncheon at Kellari Taverna DC on March 9, 2016 with special guest speakers Jim Daopoulos: Former NFL Supervisor of Officiating, NFL Official and ESPN Commentator, and Larry Michael: Senior Vice-President and Executive Producer of the Washington Redskins. NHS members and guests had a great time and gained an incredible insider’s insight of the most popular game and league in the United States. Special thanks to Laura Evans, Anchor of WTTG Fox 5 News, who moderated the discussion.