7th Annual Conference on The Future of Hellenism in America

The Future of Hellenism in America - Boston MA - 11/22/2008
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation in cooperation with the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation The Behrakis Foundation and co-sponsored by the Hellenic American National Council THE HELLENIC VOICE Present the

7th Annual Conference on The Future of Hellenism in America November 22, 2008

The Colonnade Hotel • 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA (617) 424-7000

Saturday, November 22, 2008 8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee 9:00 a.m. Welcome CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN George D. Behrakis Chairman, Gainesborough Investments 9:10 a.m. Opening Keynote Topic: GREEK INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD Keynote Speaker Professor Alexander Kitroeff Associate Professor of History and Academic Director Center for Peace & Global Citizenship, Haverford College, Pennsylvania


Morning Session


9:30 a.m. Session A: The Future of Greek American Organizations Nick Larigakis, Executive Director, American Hellenic Institute William B. Marianes, Esq., Chairman, AHEPA Vision Alliance

9:50 a.m. — Q & A

10:00 a.m. Session B: The Image of Hellenism: Hellenic Culture, the Media, Sports, and the Next Generation Moderator: George Chryssis, President & CEO, Itergon Corp. The Importance of Promoting Greek Culture: The Role of the Greek American Community Christine Kondoleon, George & Margo Behrakis Senior Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Art of the Ancient World 2001-present, Museum of Fine Arts The Importance of the Greek American Print Media John T. Baglaneas, Executive Editor & Managing Director, The Hellenic Voice The Impact of Athletes in the Promotion of Hellenism Nick Tsiotos, Associate Sports Editor, The Hellenic Voice How Do Second, Third & Third Plus Generations of Greek Americans View Their Greek Ethnicity Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, North Park University, Illinois

11:00 a.m. — Q & A

11:15 a.m. Session C: The Importance of Being Active in the Political Process Moderator: Professor Van Coufoudakis, Rector Emeritus, University of Nicosia, Cyprus The Fundamentals of Participating in the U.S. Political Process Nick Karambelas, Partner, Sfikas & Karambelas Member of Congress—TBA The Role of the Greek American Community in Support for U.S. Relations with Greece and Cyprus and Why this is Important Gene Rossides, President, American Hellenic Institute

11:50 a.m. — Q & A

12:00 Noon — Luncheon Luncheon Chairman: George Danis, CEO, IntegraTech Solutions Greetings: Constantinos Orphanides, Consul General of Greece Main Speaker: Michael S. Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts


Afternoon Session


1:30 p.m. Session D: The Image of Hellenism: Religious Identity Moderator: TBA The Future of Orthodoxy in America Rev. Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald, Dean, Holy Cross School of Theology The Future of Orthodox Priesthood in America Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, President, Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology

2:00 p.m. — Q & A

2:15 p.m. Session E: Greek Education in America Moderator: Nicholas Kourtis, Chief Operating Officer, TwinStrata, Inc. The Importance of Increasing Modern Greek Studies Programs and Expanding the Curriculum Jennifer R. Kellogg, Assistant Director for Curricular Development, Fellowships, and Outreach, Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC

The Importance of the Greek Language Dr. James Skedros, Professor of the Cantonis Chair for Byzantine Studies & Professor of History, Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology, MA Greek Elementary School Programs in America: Are We Meeting the Needs? Kleanthi E. Mavrogiannaki, MA, Lecturer of Modern Greek, Northeastern University, Boston and Founder & Director, Greek 4 Kids

2:45 p.m. — Q & A

3:00 p.m. Session F: A Perspective from Young Greek Americans Moderator: Tina Papadopoulos, Area Director of Development for Massachusetts, American Cancer Society and President, AHI New England Chapter George Papadopoulos, Political Science Student, DePaul University, IL Alexandra Karambelas, Classics & English Literature Student, Tufts University, MA Michael S. Aktipis, Ph.D., J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School, MA

3:30 p.m. — Q & A

4:45 p.m. Round Table Discussion with Audience Moderator: Professor Van Coufoudakis Click Here for Registration Page www.ahiworld.org