AFGLC Press Release


Tampa, Florida

The Forum Chair of the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture, Professor John U. Balis, is pleased to announce the AFGLC Annual Educational Forum to be held March 2-4, 2006 on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa. The central theme this year will be “Hellenic Paideia: Challenges to Higher Education.” As in 2005, the sponsors of this year Forum are George and Margo Behrakis of Boston. The Forum is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. The Opening Ceremonies of the Forum will take place on Thursday evening of March 2 at the MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry). It will involve, as a reflection of their educational partnership, the active participation of Provost & Vice President Renu Khator from USF, President of MOSI Wit Ostrenco, the Honorable Andreas Psycharis, Consulate General of the Hellenic Republic, and the AFGLC President, Chris P. Tsokos, Distinguished University Professor at USF. After the Opening Ceremonies, Dr. J. Peter Euben, will deliver the keynote address "Hellenic Paideia: Socrates in the Streets". Dr. Euben is Professor of Political Science and Classics, Duke University, and Kenan Distinguished Fellow in Ethics. He is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient and modern democracy, and his areas of specialization include ancient and modern political thought, literature and politics, political education, democratic culture and the politics of morality. His talk will be followed by the Grand Opening of an incredible documentary: GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST...
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ICHS at USF Offers Unique Study Abroad Experience in Greece
The faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at the University of South Florida are organizing a summer program for 2005 that allows students to earn college credit while learning about Hellenic culture and history in the best possible way-by experiencing it firsthand in Greece! A three-week tour of Greece (May 28-June 18), this summer course will visit regions and sites that include Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Nafplion, Preveza, Santorini, Ithaca, Meteora and Macedonia.

This program was inaugurated with great success in 2003, and will be led again by Ippokratis Kantzios (Kourmolis Professor of Greek Language and Literature), William M. Murray (Executive Director, ICHS, Stathis Professor of Greek History) and Suzanne Murray (Director of Programs, ICHS). The participation of Prof. Kantzios and Prof. W. Murray in this program is supported by the Kourmolis and Stathis professorships, which were established by the AFGLC. Aspects of the 2005 Study Abroad In Greece Program will highlight the special talents and research of these professors. Our itinerary should also allow us to intersect with the AFGLC Athens Forum.

Students are very excited about the prospect of traveling through Greece with their professors, and the program is filling rapidly. ICHS hopes to support their participation with fellowships. A description of the program can be viewed online at Study Abroad - Greece. If you would like more information, please contact:

Suzanne Murray
Program Director
USF Study Abroad in Greece Program