Fall 2009

National Hellenic Society
Preserving our Heritage for the Next Generation

Dear NHS Member,
Many of you will recall Professor Louis Markos' memorable presentation at Renaissance Weekend in May.  On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, NHS was proud to be a co-sponsor of Dr. Markos' "Heirs of Athens" presenation before a full audience of decison makers, dignitaries and guests within the Congress bringing our heritage to the forefront.  Dr. Markos' did an outstanding job portraying the importance of heritage to our nation today.  Democracy and freedom thrive because of this legacy--one we are entrusted to maintain.
This event is part of a Lecture Series NHS will co-sponsor on Capitol Hill for law makers, staff and other policy makers.  The Series will be held in cooperation with the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, which consists of over 140 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  NHS is a co-sponsor along with the American Hellenic Institute Foundation and Odyssey Magazine--all working together on the common goal of preserving our heritage.  It was especially gratifying to see many young Congressional staffers attend the event visibly inspired by Professor Markos' delivery of a meaningful and relevant message.   Our next Congressional lecture will be even more widespread. 
Attached below is a Press Release distributed about the event. 
Tim Maniatis 
Executive Director
National Hellenic Society 
 For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 22, 2009 Contact: National Hellenic Soceity
Phone: (301) 941-1961
Email: tmaniatis@aol.com
News Release


The Congressional Hellenic  Caucus in Cooperation with the National Hellenic Society, American Hellenic Institute Foundation & Odyssey Magazine Sponsor "The Heirs of Athens" Presentation by Dr. Louis Markos

Ancient Greece Comes Alive in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus welcomed Dr. Louis Markos, a distinguished Professor in English and Scholar-in Residence at Houston Baptist University, who addressed a packed audience of distinguished guests at the U.S. House of Representatives on October 21, 2009.  Professor Markos delivered a riveting presentation that bridged the nexus between the ancient Greek democracy and its progeny as we know it:  modern America. 

Dr. Markos' presentation is part of the "Contemporary World through Classic Eyes Lecture Series" co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society. The Lecture Series provides a refreshing perspective of the old world within the context of contemporary issues and challenges.  Dr. Markos addressed several Congressional members of the Hellenic Caucus, staff and dignitaries that included Cyprus Ambassador Andreas Kakouris, Greece's Defense Attaché Colonel Taxiarchis Sardellis, Greece's Press Attaché, Magda Hatzopoulos, American Hellenic Institute Executive Director, Nick Larigakis, public policy and government representatives and members of the public.

Tim Maniatis, Executive Director of the National Hellenic Society stated, "We are thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to bring to life our rich heritage in this relevant and meaningful way.  The National Hellenic Society's mission is to preserve our rich heritage which Professor Markos masterfully inspires us to appreciate in our everyday lives.  A democracy by definition is a transparent society that exposes its problems so that we can be made aware of them, fix them and avoid repeating mistakes of the past.  The National Hellenic Society is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this unprecedented Congressional lecture series. "
The National Hellenic Society celebrates Hellenic heritage by sponsoring and organizing programs and activities that promote and preserve the values and ideals of our Hellenic culture thereby enriching our community and nation. For more information, please visit:  www.nationalhellenicsociety.org
Odyssey Magazine is the world's leading English language magazine on global Hellenism.  For more information visit:  www.odyssey.gr.
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation is an affiliate organization of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI)  The Foundation is a non-profit educational and research organization that focuses on issues confronting the Greek American community. Informartion available at:  www.ahiworld.org .
For more information visit the National Hellenic Society website at www.hellenicsociety.org.
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