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Monthly Newsletter

August 2016 - Issue 188
Prometheas Events
 
Other Events and Announcements
  • June 1 - October 10: "The Greeks/Agamemnon to Alexander the Great" at National Geographic Museum, Washington DC
     
  • Πρόγραμμα Υποτροφιών Fulbright Ακαδημαϊκού Έτους 2017-2018 για Έλληνες Πολίτες 
     
  • The Classics Department at the University of Maryland invites the members of the Hellenic Society Prometheas to support the growth and development of the Modern Greek language and civilization program at UMD (see attached for more info)

    Note on UMD: The Modern Greek language and civilization program is a vital piece of the Department of Classics along with Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classical studies taught in English translation. This past year there were 43 students enrolled in seven Modern Greek courses and eight students minoring in Modern Greek. Many of the students have family ties to Greece and, as such, have strong motivations to learn the language and culture of their heritage. Dr. Polyvia Parara, our instructor of Modern Greek for the past four years, has revitalized the program and added the higher level courses that make the minor possible.

    The Modern Greek Studies Association lists the University of Maryland as one of just 57 college-level programs across the US and Canada. More significantly, the program at Maryland is among the 12 largest enrollments, including those that offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Modern Greek.  When compared to enrollment at schools that offer a minor in Modern Greek, Maryland stands among the top four nationwide. The scarcity of Modern Greek programs combined with strong enrollment make this program particularly worthy of the community’s support.

    The Classics Department is working toward raising $40,000 to fund the Visiting Assistant Professor position in Modern Greek language and civilization who will teach courses to undergraduate students. Additional funding will come from the Department of Classics and an endowment created by the Greek government in 2007. Without funding for a Visiting Assistant Professor position for next fall, the Classics Department would have to reduce the course offerings to just a few introductory courses. The diminished program would likely shrink from seven courses to two and, as a result, students would not be able to pursue a minor in Modern Greek.

    As Greek-Americans, Prometheas members understand the importance of providing opportunities for our youth to study Hellenism at the highest level. There is a great deal of identity development that occurs during college making it a critical time for students to explore and internalize their heritage. Today’s college students are tomorrow’s community leaders – please consider supporting the Modern Greek program at UMD.
News Articles

 



Λαγκάρντ: Μόνιμα στην Ελλάδα η τέλεση των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων
TA NEA, July 1, 2016
 

Λαγκάρντ: Μόνιμα στην Ελλάδα η τέλεση των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων

Υπέρ της μόνιμης τέλεσης των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων στην Ελλάδα τάχθηκε η Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου Κριστίν Λαγκάρντ, μιλώντας στο «Φεστιβάλ Ιδεών Άσπεν», που πραγματοποιείται αυτή την εβδομάδα στο Κολοράντο, με συμμετοχή ηγετών και προσωπικοτήτων από όλον τον κόσμο.

«Νομίζω είναι μια σπουδαία ιδέα για άμεση χρήση. Ξέρετε, στον βαθμό που πρόκειται να δημιουργήσει ζήτηση, η οποία είναι αυτό που απολύτως χρειάζεται αυτή η οικονομία, θα ήταν πολύ σπουδαίο. Το πώς θα συνδυαστεί η μία (μόνιμη) έδρα με την πολυμερή και πολυεθνική ελκυστικότητα που έχουν οι Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες σε πολλές χώρες σε όλο τον κόσμο, είναι κάτι που πρέπει να μελετηθεί» είπε η κ. Λαγκάρντ.

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Web Reads

Applied Physics Laboratory Space Exploration

Pioneer Tom Krimigis Receives NASA’s Highest Service Award


Σταμάτης Κριμιζής: Το κράτος δεν αφήνει τους άριστους να προκόψουν

Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program

A Showcase of Greek and Greek-American Literature

Rethinking Greece: John Brady Kiesling on Diplomacy Lessons, Ancient Wisdom and a Modern Crisis of Expectations

Ο Φίλης δέχτηκε επίθεση από μαθητές για Αρχαία, παρελάσεις και μάθημα θρησκευτικών

Προβληματισμός στο στράτευμα για συνδικαλισμό

Regeneron Genetics Center Publication in New England Journal of Medicine Links ANGPTL4 Inhibition and Risk of Coronary Artery Disease (Medical research by Ari Baras)

Kardamyli: Agamemnon's gift to Achilles and the muses gift to us

Η βιβλιοθήκη της Αλεξάνδρειας

A Mediterranean full of Greek History

An Olympic Odyssey/Where the Games Began
 

 

Books & Music

"Saints and Sacred Matter: The Cults of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond" by Cynthia Hahn and Holger A. Klein

"Allegories of the Iliad" by John Tzetzes translated from Greek by Adam J. Goldwyn and Dimitra Kokkini. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library

"The lost world of Byzantium" by Jonathan Harris

"Imagining the Byzantium Past: The perception of history in the illustrated manuscripts of Skylitzes and Manasses" by Elena N. Boeck

"Greek Urban Warriors: Resistance and terrorism 1967-2014" by John Brady Kiesling




 

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