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International meeting in Thessaloniki for Greek Language

Distinguished Neohellenists, of Greek and non-Greek origins from Greece, from countries of Europe, the US, the CIS, Australia, responded with pleasure to the invitation of the Centre for Greek Language to participate in the international meeting which took place in Thessaloniki, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, so as to share their valuable expertise.
On the occasion of their stay in Thessaloniki, they spoke to ANA – MPA on their work and the status of the Greek language in the countries they reside.
During the proceedings of the Conference of the Center for Greek Language, the European Society for Modern Greek Studies was represented by its Vice President, Lucia Marcheseli (photo), from Trieste, Italy. The aim of the Society, established in 1995, with Constantinos Dimadis as its president, is to promote research and teaching of the Modern Greek language, literature, history and the Modern Greek culture in General.
The following September, the Society will be organizing in the Centre for Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies of the University of Granada, its 4th Conference whereby a large turnout of scientists is expected.
With regards to Italy, Ms. Marcheselli mentions that, the interest of Universities for Modern Greek studies, as well as for the remaining “small languages” has been decreased due to the financial crisis.
Most Modern Greek chairs were created in the country during the 70s. Some of them are well staffed, with Palermo being the first. Chairs are also located in Rome, Naples, Bari, Catania.
Many students were taught by Lucia Marcheselli, who for 40 consecutive years, up until 2009 taught the Greek language as head of the Modern Greek studies in the University of Trieste. A child coming from a large family, she had to work during the summers in her student years at the Italian Institute of Athens, which she loved from the first moment.
“Greece to me is not something obligatory. I have always loved ancient Greek, which I was taught in school and I was better in rather than Latin. Greek today is my second language” she says.
During the junta she met in Italy, Stathis Loukas, who later on became her husband, who approached her asking for help in the translation of handbills. Intense years, as Ms. Marchelli states, who always finds the time to actively participate and work with the Greek community in Trieste. She also notes the strong presence of the Greek Foundation for Culture, whereby Greek courses are being taught, whilst great events are being held, such as the tribute for the 100th anniversary of Nikos Kavvadias, last month, which attract many Italian Philhellenes.

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