A webinar sponsored by Capital Link titled “Culture and Education among Greek Americans” will be streamed worldwide on April 7 on the occasion of the establishment of the Miltiadis Marinakis Endowed Professorship for Modern Greek Language and Culture at the Ohio State University.
The webinar will also commemorate the appointment of the Endowment’s first Professor, Yiorgos Anagnostou.
The program will include panelists such as John P. Calamos, Sr., the founder, chairman and global CIO of Calamos Investments and the Chairman of the National Hellenic Museum.
The webinar will begin at 12 PM EDT/ 7 PM Athens time.
Capital Link officials note that academic departments in the humanities have been dwindling in the past decades worldwide, as part of a wider shift of interest from the arts and humanities to the sciences.
This shift, they say, is more practically oriented, but can endanger knowledge of cultural diversity, language, and tradition both for individuals and societies.
To preserve access to higher education about modern Greece abroad, with Evangelos Marinakis as lead sponsor, the Ohio Hellenic Paideia (OHP), in Columbus, Ohio, initiated and completed a new round of fundraising between 2015-2020, in order to safeguard the continuing operation of the Modern Greek Studies Program at the Ohio State University in Columbus.
The chair of the program has been named after Marinakis’ late father, Miltiadis Marinakis, a well-respected philanthropist, who instilled in him a sense of duty toward his fellow man and pride in his Greek heritage.
The Miltiadis Marinakis Endowed Professorship for Modern Greek Language and Culture was established by the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State University (OSU) on March 25, 2020.
The upcoming webinar will highlight modern Greek language and culture, in the wider context of the Greek-American experience, preserving tradition throughout history, while absorbing and reshaping enriching influences, and evolving with global popular culture, according to Capital Link.
Capital Link Webinar will be available to include Archbishop of America Elpidophoros
The webinar will consist of a 90-minute expert discussion, which will be followed by a live Q&A session lasting for 15 minutes. This webinar will be archived and available for replay on demand for all those who register.
Speakers for the event include His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America; the Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Alexandra Papadopoulou, and Capital Link President Nicolas Bornozis, the chairman of the Capital Maritime & Trading Corporation.
Evangelos Marinakis, and Yiorgos Anagnostou, the Miltiadis Marinakis Professor of Modern Greek Language and Culture at OSU, will also speak. The moderator will be Gregory Jusdanis, the Modern Greek Humanities Distinguished Professor at OSU.
Panelists will include: John P. Calamos, Sr., Drake Behrakis, from the Behrakis Foundation, and Board Chairman of the National Hellenic Society Organization, as well as President of Marwick Associates.
Robert Buhler, the Chairman of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, Inc. will also take part, along with; AHEPA Supreme President George G. Horiates.
Artemis Leontis, the C.P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan will also take part in the panel discussions.
Participants may submit questions to the panelists live during the event through the special feature on the event page using the Q&A button, or they can email them prior or during the event to Capital Link at this email address.
More information on the webinar is available online, at this link.