On Thursday, May 9th, National Hellenic Society members were treated to a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The tour took place before the school's annual benefit gala at Capitale NYC. A special thank you to the ASCSA for hosting such a spectacular and memorable event!
On Wednesday, May 8th, the National Hellenic Society's New York chapter hosted a screening of Cliffs of Freedom. This complimentary screening of member Marianne Metropoulos' hit film was attended by NHS members and guests from up and down the East coast. The film continues to get rave reviews, and more and more Greeks from cities all over the country are hosting screenings of their own. To learn about hosting your own screening of Cliffs of Freedom, click here.
This past weekend, National Hellenic Society member Dennis Mehiel hosted a phenomenal reception honoring the Grand Marshal of the 2019 New York City Greek Independence Day Parade, NHS Founder George Marcus! NHS Members and Heritage Greece Program Alumni came from all over the country to celebrate together!
This past Thursday, the National Hellenic Society's New York Chapter alongside the American School of Classical Studies at Athens hosted a luncheon in honor of Mr. Malcolm H. Wiener. Wiener is an Aegean prehistorian who has written extensively about the Eastern Mediterranean world in the Bronze Age.
He is a major benefactor of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the ASCSA Board of Trustees. During his term, he proposed and funded the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Agricultural Science at the school. Mr. Wiener spoke at the well attended event held at NERAI in Manhattan.
The National Hellenic Society's New York Chapter hosted a luncheon for NHS members and guests that were in New York to celebrate Archon Weekend. Dr. George Korkos, co-founder of the National Hellenic Society, described NHS’ mission, vision and programs that are focused on celebrating and passing on Hellenic heritage to the next generation. The luncheon was hosted at Molyvos, owner Nick Livanos dropped by to extend his family’s best wishes to the NHS for continued success.
Seasoned journalist, NHS member and educator John Metaxas offered an informative presentation followed by a lively discussion May 9, 2018 at Ousia in New York City. Metaxas discussed the evolution of the news industry with major news outlets now part of large conglomerates, as well as how a concentration on profits has resulted in substantial changes in news dynamics. In addition to addressing today's news climate with “fake news” and how news reporters have even lower approval ratings than congress, he also shared a glimpse into his diverse career.
Another great luncheon in New York City is in the books! On Thursday, April 19th, NHS New York welcomed Museum of Science, Boston President and Director, Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis.
Dr. Miaoulis' presentation focused on the Museum of Science's proposal to transform elementary school science education in Greece. This change will pave the way for a long-term vision to create economic prosperity in Greece. Dr. Miaoulis reviewed success stories of time tested, best-in-class engineering curriculum and teaching practices that yield substantial results. For more information on the curriculum, please visit www.eie.org.
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!
The NHS hosted a tour of the Onassis Cultural Center New York’s phenomenal exhibit, A World of Emotions, followed by a luncheon featuring Onassis Foundation Executive Director Amalia Cosmetatou on April 25, 2017. A World of Emotion is exclusively at the Onassis Cultural Center New York, and it brings together more than 130 masterpieces from some of the finest museums in the world, including the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum Athens, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museums, etc. to explore the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted. The exhibition was developed by a team of distinguished guest curators over the course of more than four years, and it features vase paintings, sculptures (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts from the early 7th century BC (the traditional date of the Iliad) to the late 2nd century AD (the beginning of the end of pagan antiquity). Many are on view in the United States for the first time and some will be seen for the first time outside Greece. These objects provide a timely opportunity to think about the role of feelings in our own personal, social, and political lives, while helping to advance the relatively new field of the history of emotions.
For those interested, A World of Emotion will be on exhibition until June 24, 2017 and admission is free! Click here for more information!
Heritage Greece Alumni and National Hellenic Society New York chapter members enjoyed a fun night out at a private screening of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett in attendance.