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American Hellenic Institute Foundation

Annual Conferences on The Future of Hellenism in America

3rd Annual Conference


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On October 16, 2004, the American Hellenic Institute Foundation held its third annual conference on “The Future of Hellenism in America” in Washington, D.C. The conference featured prominent speakers from the fields of education, law, and the private sector, who identified key challenges facing the Greek American community today.

Opening the conference was James Marketos, Esq., Chairman of AHI. The moderator for the morning session was Dr. Dean C. Lomis, Director Emeritus for the International Center at the University of Delaware. The morning session speakers included: Gene Rossides, President of the American Hellenic Institute Foundation, Ted G. Spyropoulos, President of the Hellenic American National Council, Hercules Mousiades, Professor at the Anatolia College and Managing Principal for Praxi Management Consultants, and Professor Leonidas Polopolus, Co-Director for the Center for Greek Studies at University of Florida. The luncheon speaker was Ambassador Loucas Tsilas, Executive Director for the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Inc.

The moderator for the afternoon session was Nick Larigakis, Executive Director of the American Hellenic Institute. The afternoon panel speakers included: Thanos Basdekis, Esq., Partner, Reagan, Halperin & Long, Alexander Kitroeff, Professor of History at Haverford College, and Father Charles Joanides, Ph.D.

Panelists spoke on the following topics:

The conference organizer Nick Larigakis stated, “This conference, initiated by AHI three years ago, serves to provide a forum whereby a discussion on the future of Hellenism can ensue. The important thing is to continue to educate ourselves on these very important issues regarding our community. In doing so, it will assist us to provide a critical analysis and realistic recommendations regarding the future needs of Greek Americans. I wish to especially thank the participants, speakers, and benefactors who contributed to a successful 3rd Annual AHIF Conference.”

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