By Justine Frangouli-Argyris
By Justine Frangouli-Argyris
“Classical Greek: When the Past blends with the Future” is a very important conference about Greek Classic Studies that will be realized virtually on 20 December, 17:00EE.
The symposium is taking place in celebration of a series of successful initiatives, spearheaded by PeopleCert throughout 2021, which ignited renewed excitement around Classical Greek. Starting back in May 2021, PeopleCert presented the launch of the Global First Certification of Classical Greek and all exams were offered free of charge throughout 2021, in recognition of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. Following this launch, the Certification of Classical Greek portfolio has been further enriched with a new certification level.
The symposium will focus on the universal, timeless nature of Classical Greek and the challenges and opportunities involved in teaching it internationally.
Five world-leading Classical Greek professors will come together online, to present their experiences in teaching Classical Greek and will explore with attendees’ opinions around the applications of Classical Greek in everyday life.
We asked Prof. Gerardo Guzmàn, who teaches Ancient Greek at the Accademia Vivarium Novum a few key questions:
1.According to the symposium's title, The Past Blends with the Future. Is this really feasible? Could literacy of Classical Greece truly blend with an uncertain future?
“By seeing that the future is always uncertain and unpredictable, we find ourselves in the need of getting acquainted with our past in order to learn from the vicissitudes, experiences, and ideas of those who came before us that can help us understand the present while also being able to look forward to things to come. Classical literature, therefore, is an opened door through which we can have access to these treasures full of wisdom and examples. Yet, the key that opens that door is the active and direct reading of the classics in the original language. Anyone that goes as far as suggesting that this collection of knowledge should be better off forgotten or “cancelled” incurs in the danger of forgetting not only the mistakes previously made by others but also solutions already found to some of our current problems and difficulties. As Isocrates says, “When you are about to make a decision, take a look to the past, lay hold of examples, for uncertain things can be clarified by situations already made clear”.
2.How would you visualize a world in which Classical Greek were abolished?
“If we were to take the decision of abolishing the study of Ancient Greek, we would condemn all future generations to obey preestablished opinions. It is through language that we have the means to talk face to face with an author through an exchange of views, as well as way of comparing our modern ideas with the thoughts of writers from classical times. Without this capacity, it is impossible to go freely on the quest for truth, for we must only passively receive and repeat doctrines handed down by others through the narrow frame which is translation.”
3. How do you envision the future of Classical Studies Internationally?
“If “specialists” were the only to take care of these studies, we would be creating the notion that Classical Studies only pertain to a small, reduced and elite group despite that it is in fact a discipline that concerns the whole human race. By being able to renovate the pedagocgical methodologies, we shall be able to enrich the generations to come with the treasures that this language has to offer. Thus, in the spirit of every young person, the desire of studying the Classics which subsequently paves the way to many other fields of human knowledge, will be sowed. “
The Keynote speakers will be :
· Prof. Georgia Xanthaki-Karamanou, Professor Emerita of Ancient Greek Literature at the Faculties of Philology, Universities of Athens and of the Peloponnese
· Prof. Luigi Miraglia, Founder and President of the Accademia Vivarium Novum
· Prof. Christophe Rico, Faculty Member of the Université de Strasbourg, Ancient Greek Professor at École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem (EBAF), and Dean at the Polis Institute
· Prof. Mauro Agosto, Professor of Classical Philology at the Pontificia Università Lateranense
· Prof. Gerardo Guzmàn, Professor of Ancient Greek at the Accademia Vivarium Novum
Following the keynote speeches, a Committee of Experts in the ways and methods of learning Classical Greek will discuss universal views and their day-to-day own experiences with their Classical Greek students. These experts are:
§ Prof Christoforos Charalampakis, Professor of Linguistics at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Philosophy, Faculty of Philology
§ Prof. Jacques Bouchard, Professor of Modern Greek Literature & Director of the Center for Neohellenic Studies at the University of Montreal Canada
§ Prof. Juan Coderch, Senior Language Tutor in Ancient Greek & Latin, Univesity of St Andrews, Scotland
§ Prof. Andrew Morehouse, Ancient Greek and Latin Language Tutor Boston MA,
§ Prof. Jenny Teichmann | Ancient Greek and Latin Language Tutor, Berlin Germany The discussion will be moderated by journalist Irene Nikolopoulou.
To extend their warm welcome, we will be honoured to have with us:
§ Mr Byron Nicolaides, Founder and CEO of PeopleCert
§ Mr. Angelos Syrigos, Deputy Minister of Education
§ Mr. Ioannis Chrysoulakis, Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy
To join the event, you may click on the link below:
To those of you who decide to honour us with your presence, we are happy to offer a free online voucher
for our LanguageCert Classical Greek A1 certification
A wine tasting event for journalists, oenologists and wine importers featuring top notch Romanian wines as part of Carrefour's "Open The Romanian Wine" program, was co-organized by The Iconic Estate winery, a member of the Alexandrion Group, at Avra Madison Restaurant in Manhattan.
“Romania is truly a hidden gem when it comes to wine and some of its finest, most valuable varieties are little known. In this program we took on the mission to change that. I am proud and excited to host our industry leaders in New York to taste a small sampling of Romania’s winemaking history. This event coincides with our celebration of the upcoming National Romania Day which was on December 1st,”stated Ms. Ardelean.
Author-Journalist Justine Frangouli -Argyris between oenologist-author, Marinella Ardelean and Alexandrion Group Director in USA Greta Kamaterou. Below: Ceo of Alexandrion Group Stelios Savva with Publisher Paul Kotrotsios.
A report written by Maria Pantazis-Peck co-chair coordinator of the ICC WOMEN HELLAS/Canadian Cluster in reference to all the activities of ICC WOMEN HELLAS for 2020-2021!
Written by Maria Pantazis
I thought I would summarize some of the discussion that took place this week on a Zoom call organized by ICCWH. The call took place on July 7 at 18:00pm Athens times (11:00 am Canada EST) and close to 50 people were on the call with some dropping out due to other commitments. The objective was to introduce cluster members to each other and to outline the ICCWH Strategic Plan for the coming year including seeking input from all clusters. The ICC President Petros Doukas also joined the call while driving fresh from the EU XI Gender Equality Meeting in Higher education held in Madrid.
Each cluster introduced themselves and their members - Washington, New York, Paris, Canada together with new clusters Australia, London, UK and Dubai, UAE and presented the list of activities undertaken successfully and to support the program of ICCWH.
Ioustini Frangouli presented the Canada Cluster list outlined in her earlier message and highlighted the list of Canadian Programs in support of women developed by the federal government that piqued the interest of the Greek government. Also of special interest to the ICCWH was the participation of Melissa Kargiannaki in a virtual webinar on Female Leadership for a Sustainable Growth in Greece: The New Digital era. They would like to include her in future speaking events. Bravo Melissa!
On Future Strategy, The ICCWH adopted the new branding strategy for Vodafone whose slogan "Together We Can" the power that comes from combining human ambition with technology. The ICCWH which has seen its membership grow from 25 to 200 members with the inclusion of many new clusters and is an excellent example of global collaboration in support of Greek women in the diaspora and very much appreciated and supported by ICC Hellas. On July 1st, they signed an MOU with the Ministry of Agriculture to deepen collaboration in the Agri-Food sector. They have also become official partners of Elevate Greece, an initiative launched by the Greek Government, intended to identify promising startups and support their growth using a digital gate through which Greek startups can apply for official accreditation. Priority sectors of focus are - Agri-Food, Tourism, Information Technology and Climate Change.
Other notable projects include:
- the Vamvaka Revival which aims to commemorate the birthplace of Vamvaka Village in Laconia of notable Greek Philanthropist Stavros Niarchos (1873-1955),
- as dictated by the EU regulations, ensure that Greece adheres to 25% women CEOs in public and private sectors.
- in November organize an event to celebrate world renowned Greek lawyers and their contributions to enhance the Legal Field and Profession.
- offer to host the next European Meeting on Global Gender Equality in Higher Education 2023 in Greece.
-creation of a female Olympic Athletes group under ICCWH.
-Government lobbying initiatives such as meet next week with the Minister of Diaspora Greeks and Kyriakos Pierrakakis, computer and political scientist and Minister of State and Digital Governance in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to bring to his attention the work of ICCWH.
-create a Platform to permit all Greek ICC Women to upload their personal profiles and interests with a view to fostering collaboration within the Global ICC Network.
Maria Pantazi Peck
by Justine Frangouli-Argyris
My aunt Katina was a girl among the many children born to the Vlachos family, in the mountainous village of Exanthia, in Lefkada. This did not bode well for the youngsters, especially for the girls, as the village and its surrounding area were located in a barren region of the island.
As children, we had never met aunt Katina but we learned to love her from afar because uncle Leonidis would send letters every month that my father would read aloud to us.
A beautiful cook book with personal narratives from battered women who have found shelter in the SHIELD OF ATHENA has recently been published with the proceeds going towards the new shelter in Laval that is currently under construction.
The book comprises recipes from women of many origins who have been the victims of domestic violence. Their journey, from being battered to attaining their freedom, is a worthy read and the recipes from their countries of origin and are truly interesting.
AROUND THE WORLD!
"Recipes and Stories from Athena's Kitchen"
A compilation of recipes and messages of strength and courage
from survivors of intimate partner violence.
SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU opens The Shield’s cookbook with a forward dedicated to the women of Athena’s House, in recognition of their inspirational journey towards a life free of violence.
“Throughout history, the kitchen has been a friendly and joyful place to gather and to share our stories and our sorrows. But if our potential and talent is to continue to spread in different spheres of society over time, the work for equity and social justice must continue.” Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Available in both English and French, the Shield of Athena’s cookbook offers readers an insight on the women who have stayed at our shelter, Athena’s House, and their journey towards a life free of violence.
The book is comprised of 34 recipes of appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Twenty different countries are represented! Amongst these delicacies, the reader will be inspired by the women’s stories as they share their struggles and their triumphs.
These recipes were shared during our therapeutic cooking activities and helped foster a sense of normalcy and safety to the participants.
We dedicate this book to the women of Athena’s house and to the universal language of food that transcends our differences and connects us all.
Buy it here!
The “Doveegene” Genomic Pap Test:
Not a Cause but, Rather, a Destination!
On May 12th, with the participation of more than 200 registrants, the Lyceum of Greek Women of Montreal (LGWM), in co-operation with the MUHC Foundation, organized the “Joanne and Melina Virtual Event” that focused on the clinical trials of the “Doveegene” genomic pap test under renowned oncologist/gynecologist of MUHC/McGill, Dr. Lucy Gilbert.
Aphrodite Salas, professor of Journalism at Concordia University, graciously hosted the event which was enriched by the presence of Dr. Pierre Gfeller, President and CEO of the MUHC. Dr. Gfeller began by introducing the Canadian Minister of Health, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, who noted the government’s efforts to fund medical research projects, some of which focus on gender equality. Patty Hajdu emphasized the importance of the “Doveegene” clinical trials and an end result that will save millions of women’s lives in the future.
This was the third year that the Lyceum of Greek Women of Montreal organized an event dedicated to fundraising for the "DOvEEgene Project" which focuses on the early detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers.
Justine Frangouli-Argyris, President of the LGWM, said that as a journalist and woman who lost her younger sister to ovarian cancer, she feels the need to help in the prevention of this silent killer. She said that “Doveegene” is not a cause but, rather, a destination.
Dr. Lucy Gilbert, named one of Canada's "Top 25 Women of Influence for 2021" and a global expert in gynecology/oncology and genomics at the MUHC, presented the “DOvEEgene” test which aims to make a significant scientific breakthrough for the early diagnosis of ovarian and endometrial cancers. She invited all women aged 45 to 70 years to participate in the “Doveegene” clinical trials by registering with her team.
To get this project from the research laboratory to a clinical-grade test, the MUHC Foundation is raising $2M with its “Stop the Silent Killer” campaign. The plan is to leverage public funding to triple this amount.
While many researchers are working on ovarian and endometrial cancers, Dr. Gilbert is the sole researcher developing an early detection test and she is uniquely positioned to achieve this goal.
Even though laboratories in the U.S. may have superior funding, Dr. Gilbert’s expertise as a physician and her access to a diverse group of women given our public healthcare system will enable her to finish the clinical study required to confirm her discovery.
In her closing remarks, Julie Quenneville, CEO of the MUHC Foundation, reiterated how important it is to have the “Doveegene” Genomic pap test become a tool for every woman in order to prevent endometrial and ovarian cancers.
Messages of praise and good wishes were delivered to Dr. Gilbert and the LGWM from the following local female politicians:
Emmanuella Lambropoulos, M.P. for Saint Laurent;
Annie Koutrakis, M.P.for Vimy;
Sandra El-Helou, City Councillor for Souvenir-Labelle;
Mary Deros, City Councillor for Villeray, St-Michel-Park Extension;
Aglaia Revelakis, City Councillor for Chomedey
A song by well known Greek-Canadian singer, Maro Lytras, was aired, soothing the audience.
The LGWM would like to thank its major sponsors:
1) the City of Laval and Municipal Councillor for Souvenir-Labelle, Sandra El-Helou;
2) Ernst and Young;
3) real estate agents Vicky Georgiadou and Nancy Zentefis of Les Immeubles Charisma;
4) Gestion Immobiliere Provision;
5) Thalia Greek wines;
6) Global Imperial;
7) radio station CFMB;
Many thanks to all our donors and especially to Dr. Athena Diamandis and Dr. Andre Shenouda for their very generous contribution.
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Mary Arvanitis and Lisa Mastroianni for co-ordinating the virtual event on behalf of the MUHC Foundation!
Click here to donate now Lyceum of Greek Women of Montreal (akaraisin.com)
· If you want to participate in the clinical trials register here:
· Or call at 1 866 716 3267