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Rethinking our Hierarchy of Needs: Discovering our Cultural Authenticity

By Christopher Tripoulas As part of its celebration honoring the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters, the Prometheus Greek Teachers Association of New York recently organized a lecture on Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis and Hellenic cultural “otherness.” The undertaking marked a commendable attempt to study the traditional Hellenic mindset and the…

A Festal Overview of the “Dodecaimeron:” The Freedom to Transcend Time...

Christmas, St. Basil’s Day, Epiphany…constitutes the period known in Greek simply as “Dodekaimeron” (twelve days). While the commercialized glitz and glamor of Western Christmas and New Year’s Eve may serve as a perennial attraction for tourists, the unique Hellenic concept of “the feast” – special days when Hellenism harnesses all…

Desanctification Unchecked: The Closing of Greek-American Schools

The arrival of the new school year finds the Greek-American community with one less day school in New York. In actuality, the parish community in question dealt a double blow to Greek Education, because, as its presiding priest told The National Herald with seemingly callous unconcern, both the day and…

The Hollow Individualism of Antiestablishment Protestors and the Hellenic Counterproposal

There's a Greek saying that more or less says “as if there preparations for the wedding weren't difficult enough, the bride is knocked up.” This could easily be the motto for the Greek government’s ruling during the neo-colonial period of foreign occupation known as the memorandum era (2010-present), but especially…

The Greek Debt Colony and Perpetuation of Tyranny in Europe

In the one year that has followed Greece's showdown with its quartet of creditors, which reached its climax in the July 2015 referendum when the Greek people overwhelmingly voted against the usurious bailout terms offered by their European “partners”-- which was subsequently negated by the Greek Prime Minister, much has…

Soft Power for Hard Times: Meeting 21st Century Challenges via Cultural...

In today’s world, the media is replete with references about cultural diplomacy or “soft power.”  The latter term was coined by the former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School Joseph S. Nye, Jr. during the late 1980s, but remains ever current. Aside from sovereign nations, soft power can be wielded by…

Can Greece Realize its Untapped Potential?

This month a major exhibition at the National Geographic Museum (NGM) in Washington, DC entitled “The Greeks–Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” opened. This seminal event will showcase 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, presenting stories of individuals from Neolithic villages through the conquests of Alexander the Great and featuring…

Can Greece Realize Its Untapped Potential?

This month a major exhibition at the National Geographic Museum (NGM) in Washington, DC entitled “The Greeks–Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” opened. This seminal event will showcase 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, presenting stories of individuals from Neolithic villages through the conquests of Alexander the Great and featuring…

More Schools, Fewer Prisons: a Proposal for the Clergy-Laity Congress

Less than a month ago, the St. Spyridon Church in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights made headlines (again), when a man walked into the Church from the street and stole an icon of the Church’s patron saint. Although the culprit was caught on camera and subsequently arrested, the…

Historical Atrocities Revisited: Preparing for the Future by Studying the Past

The Hellenic Community Worldwide (with the exception of Greece’s (mis)Education pasha Nikos Filis) remembers the infamous anniversary of the Pontian Genocide on May 19th. Like Alexander the Great at the Battle of the Granicus, who wrote the famous inscription “Alexander, son of Philip, and the Greeks except the Lacedaimonians…” to…