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February 22 - The third cycle of Greek language classes begins
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February 15 at 7pm - You are cordially invited to a presentation and book signing by Francis Blessington of his recent translations of three plays by Euripides about women and the Trojan War = TROJAN WOMEN – HELEN = HECUBA - published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Daphne Nayer will present dramatic readings of selected passages. Please RSVP by February 12 to:

March 7th - Dr. Manolis Paraschos will give a talk about Vienna: Birthplace of the Greek Press!

Dr. Paraschos, a journalism historian at Boston’s Emerson College, will talk about the history of Vienna’s dynamic and wealthy Greek community of the 18th and 19th centuries and how it saw it as its patriotic duty to keep the enslaved mainland Greeks educated. Despite opposition by the Ottoman government, Vienna soon became a publishing center for expatriate Greeks and attracted some of the biggest names of those who planned the 1821 Revolution against Turkey. The first four Greek newspapers and two magazines were published in Vienna starting in 1790. The first newspaper in mainland Greece was started in Kalamata in 1821. An authentic copy of one of these first Greek newspapers will be presented during the talk as will be other original British and American newspapers of the time.

Professor Paraschos will be introduced by Rhea Lesage, Librarian for Hellenic Studies and Coordinator for the Classics for Widener Library at Harvard University.

A glimpse of some of the embroideries and costumes the family of Doreen Canaday Spitzer (1914-2010), well known American Philhellene, recently donated to the Greek Institute.

On her first visit to Greece, Doreen Canaday wrote to her cousin, "I have seen the Parthenon in full moonlight, have seen Sophocles' Electra in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus...I have got lost, almost, on the slopes of Hymettus, of honey fame, and seen such sunsets and sunrises as people only dream of. Sometimes I can't believe it's really true..."
View the embroideries