The Antipodes Festival, in collaboration with the Food for Thought Greek Australian Women’s Network, presents “A Conversation with Emilios Kyrou,” an event which will take place on September 7 at the Wheeler Centre, at 6 p.m.
Emilios Kyrou is the first and only Greek-born Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, who was appointed in May 2008. He was born in in the village of Sfikia, near Veria in northern Greece and he migrated with his family to Australia in 1968, at the age of eight. He studied at the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1982 with a first class honors degree in law and a commerce degree, while he was also awarded the Supreme Court Prize.
Kyrou has written his autobiography entitled, Call me Emilios, which was published last year. The book describes the many hardships that motivated an entire generation of Greek migrants to be incorporated and succeed in the Australian society, while maintaining their Greek heritage. Kyrou describes Australia as “one of the few true meritocracies in the world” and the enormous impact this country has had on his life, showing his gratitude for the many opportunities it has presented him. The book includes his personal story, describing the course of his transformation from a vulnerable new migrant to a successful lawyer and ultimately a Supreme Court Judge.
In the event, Justice Kyrou will discuss the themes of motivation and preservation of the Greek heritage and will then be interviewed by poet and wife of the Greek Ambassador, Eyvah Dafaranos, on his migrant experience, his role as the first and only Greek-born Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and aspects of his book.
The evening’s moderator, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis (from the University of Melbourne), and Helen Nickas (editor and Publisher) will then contribute to their reflections and the Greek Ambassador, Haris Dafaranos, will make closing remarks.
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