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Monthly Newsletter

April 2014 - Issue 160 
Prometheas Events
  • Saturday, April 26th - 12pm-4pm: "Hellenic Career Connections". A networking event aiming at bringing together high school students, college students and graduate students, as well as leaders and professionals from the Greek Community in the DC metro area. At the Hellenic Center, Bethesda, MD.
     
  • May 23: Lecture on "Women and Gender in Greek tragedy" by Prof. Angeliki Tzanetou, University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL., at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bethesda, MD.
     
  • June 6:  Lecture on "Hellenic identity, Romiosini" by Dr. Yiannis Petropoulos, Prof of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Director of Center for Helelnic Studies of Harvard University, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bethesda, MD
     
Other Events and Announcements
  • Thursday, April 3pm – 7 pm (Reception at 6:30 pm); “From the Vantage of the Victory: New Research on the Nike Monument in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace”. An illustrated lecture by Professor Bonna Wescoat, Emory University. Location: Elliott School, Rm. 113  (1957 E. St. NW), George Washington University.  
    For more information, contact:    aiadcsec@gmail.com
     


Report on Greek Independence Day Celebration
 
The 193rd Anniversary of the Greek Independence Day Celebration, held March 23, 2014 at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, Bethesda, was a resounding success.

Through the organized efforts of Prometheas and several Greek organizations in the Washington D.C. area, four hundred people attended, along with several Greek dignitaries. 

The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Chris Loukaitis, and the program began with the entry in the Grand Hall of five evzones from Baltimore dressed in traditional uniforms of Greek revolution fighters marching in perfect army style pace followed by students from St. George, St. Katherine, and the Hellenic School of Potomac, marching down the aisle dressed in Greek costumes and carrying flags...  

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A letter from the American Farm School: Admissions for Greek Summer 2014
 
Kalo Mina from the American Farm School in Thessaloniki!  Preparations for Greek Summer 2014 (June 30 - July 31) are well underway.  The small village of Nea Tenedos in Halkidiki with 400 residents has been selected for this year’s Greek Summer homestay. March is an important month for teenagers to complete their applications for Greek Summer. We urge you all to think of individuals who would love GS as much as many of you, your friends or family members did, and encourage them to apply by going to the GS website and downloading the application at www.afs.edu.gr/greeksummer


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News Articles



"The Beauty of Feeling Greek" by Sam Chekwas
Editorial

On Sunday, March 9th, the Hellenic Center in Bethesda, Maryland, was filled to capacity with members attending the talk given by Dr. Sam Chekwas on his latest book titled The Beauty of Feeling Greek. The Nigerian born author spoke fluent Greek and said he was proud to be an “adopted Greek”. He shared his life story, where in his youth he was exposed to Sophocle’s Antigone, which influenced him tremendously in embracing not only the Greek culture, but also the Greek language, and thus began his “Greek Odyssey.” His journey took him to Greece where he studied Greek philology at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and also obtained a DDS degree. Currently, he is a dentist, author, publisher and teacher of the Greek language. He has published over 800 volumes through his publishing company, Seaburn Books, and has received the Ambassador of Hellenism Award by the Greek government.

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In Athens, the Last Man Painting
The New York times, February 26, 2014

Vasilis Dimitriou, the last movie billboard painter in Greece, with his poster for “American Hustle"
Eirini Vourloumis for The New York Times 

 
ATHENS — Leonardo DiCaprio’s face glowed triumphantly from a large billboard here atop the Athinaion, an old movie theater where “The Wolf of Wall Street” was recently playing. Mr. DiCaprio had just been nominated for an Oscar, and Vasilis Dimitriou had painted him larger than life, with a gleaming gold statuette against a sea of red and black brush strokes.
The look was vintage movie poster, bordering on 1940s noir, imbuing Mr. DiCaprio with a mysterious allure befitting Humphrey Bogart back in the day.

Mr. Dimitriou, 78, has never met a Hollywood star, but he has painted thousands of them. Nearly every week since the age of 15, he has immortalized legends of the screen in dreamlike friezes of love, anger, pride or temptation — often deftly, sometimes not, but always with flair


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Web Reads

A Malafouris, Athas, Pagoulatou. A look at the life and their contribution to the Greek literature

 

Major Byzantine-era church unearthed in southern Israel

 

Δείτε το βίντεο που «τα σπάει» στο Διαδίκτυο και διακωμωδεί τα υπέρ και τα κατά του μέσου Έλληνα

 

Φέρτε μου τη θάλασσα ~ Γρ. Μπιθικώτσης, Μ. Θεοδωράκης

 

Στα άγνωστα χωριά της Ευρυτανίας

 

Το εντυπωσιακό βίντεο των Σέρβων για την Κρήτη

 

Το Τρελοβάπορο του Οδυσσέα Ελύτη

 

Ikaria - The Island Of Youth

 

Ο Πάπυρος από το Δερβένι της Θεσσαλονίκης. Το αρχαιότερο βιβλίο της Ευρώπης αναγεννήθηκε από την τέφρα του

 

Tρία ελληνικά σοκάκια στα ωραιότερα του κόσμου

 

Αρχειο Ελληνικου Θεατρου

 

Hagia Sophia: From Museums to Mosques/Turkey's ancient churches are losing a century of secular protection


 

Books

“The Beauty of Feeling Greek” 
by Dr. Sam Chekwas


“Plato at the Googleplex” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein 

The ancient philosopher takes Manhattan, gets a brain scan and tries to make sense of the Internet
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