The nationally acclaimed National Geographic Museum exhibit, The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, represents one of the Museum’s most successful draws to date with over 85,000 visitors and 100 additional groups scheduled for this week alone according to the Museum’s curator. The exhibit has served as the centerpiece and springboard for several events over the summer that was concluded with a “Democracy Forum” hosted on Monday, September 26 at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. The Forum was moderated by NHS member, Bill Antholis, Emeritus Managing Director of Brookings and current President/CEO of the Miller Center, featured Stanford professor, author, and classist, Josh Ober; historian and leadership consultant, Brook Manville; journalist and scholar, Markos Kounalakis; and Kounalakis’ wife, Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis.
The Forum kicked-off with a screening of the Democracy episode of the NHS/National Geographic co-production digital series, The Greek Guide to Greatness. The packed audience thoroughly enjoyed the vignette, which included United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, an erudite classic scholar and former Constitutional Law professor. Justice Kennedy also served as a fifth panelist fielding questions from the panel during the Q&A session. National Geographic acknowledged and thanked the NHS for our partnership and support of our successful collaborative efforts.