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AFGLC carries out in the United States the work of the International Foundation for Greek Language and Culture (IFGLC). AFGLC members are convinced that the quality of world leadership tomorrow depends upon the quality of the educational curriculum today. If we want to assure the future a leadership with a firm understanding of the human adventure, of the origins of democracy and the philosophical underpinnings of Western thought, we believe today's education must begin with a study of the Greek experience. Thus AFGLC is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Greek culture and language in the curriculum of institutions of higher learning in the Americas, even as its parent organization, IFGLC, pursues the same goals worldwide. To this end AFGLC aims at establishing Interdisciplinary Centers of Hellenic Studies (ICHS) at selected universities throughout the United States and elsewhere. Each Center consists of five named professorships, endowed in perpetuity, covering all aspects of Hellenic culture, especially as they have impacted modern civilization: Language and Literature, Philosophy, History, Culture (art, archaeology, musicology, or related subjects), and Byzantine History and Orthodox Religion. The ICHS plan is the only one in the United States to bring to a general American audience at secular universities the riches of Greek Orthodoxy.

The academic objectives of the AFGLC, in addition to the primary mission of creating Interdisciplinary Centers for Hellenic Studies, include the following:

  • Assistance in establishing and enhancing the offering of studies in the Greek language and various aspects of culture at academic institutions;
  • Assistance in the establishment of curricula leading to a baccalaureate degree in all aspects of Greek Studies;
  • Fostering of the establishment of graduate programs in all aspects of Greek Studies;
  • Partnership with other organizations in the United States whose goals and objectives are to promote and enhance the teaching of the Greek language and culture at academic institutions;
  • Assistance of academic institutions in the collection of research material and various data pertaining to Greek culture;
  • Assistance in the creation of archives of Greek American families and organizations that have played important roles in the history of the Americas;
  • Promotion of visiting lecture programs involving scholars who are prominent in various aspects of Greek Studies, and the exchange of such scholars between academic institutions in Greece and the Americas;
  • Organization and promotion of seminars, symposia and conferences to further the aims and objectives of the AFGLC;
  • Assistance in the publishing of scholarly works on various aspects of Greek language and culture;
  • Participation in projects and programs promoting Greek language and culture, as the Trustees and Directors deem appropriate.

AFGLC also undertakes to publish biographies of especially distinguished philanthropists to the cause of Hellenism.