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1 Hellenic Cultural Association The Modern Greek Studies Program Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey

2 The main goal of the Hellenic Cultural Association is to provide a place for Greek and non-Greeks to share, discuss, and celebrate the Hellenic Culture. The main goal of the Hellenic Cultural Association is to provide a place for Greek and non-Greeks to share, discuss, and celebrate the Hellenic Culture. Participate in events of philanthropic, educational, and social nature in an effort to unite the Greek Community. Participate in events of philanthropic, educational, and social nature in an effort to unite the Greek Community. O UR M ISSION

3 Special Friends’ Day “The Torch Comes Home: A Celebration of the Olympic Games and Hellenism” “Home Away from Home: Discovering College Life at Rutgers” Men’s Basketball and Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament Winter Dance Conference Boca Raton, Florida Greek Independence Day Parade Hermes Expo “Enosis” Banquet R ECENT E VENTS

4 E NOSIS Goal: To raise awareness and funds in order to preserve the Modern Greek Studies Program at Rutgers University Event: The Hellenic Cultural Association hosted an Anniversary Dance celebrating the club’s 30 year presence. Attendees: Alumni, Faculty, Church Communities, Dignitaries, Club Members, Family, Friends Synopsis: $40,000 was raised through journal ads, tickets, raffle, and donations

5 M ODERN G REEK S TUDIES D EPARTMENT New Modern Greek Studies Director: Professor Tia Kolbaba This Year’s Goals: Host various events open to both the community and scholars Events: Dr. Chryssa Maltezou, Director of the Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine studies in Venice, Italy– October 4, 2005 Lectures on Venetian Influence in Crete Dr. Linda Myrsiades, West Chester University Lecture on Greek Puppet Theater– November 15, 2005 Dr. Judith Herrin, Director of the Program in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Kings College in London – April 2006 RU Major Fair– October 26, 2005

6 C OURSES Modern Greek Studies Courses: First Year Modern Greek Second Year Modern Greek The Life and Works of Odysseus Elytis Odysseus in Literature from Homer to Kazantzakis The Life and Works of Nikos Kazantzakis Masterpieces of Modern Greek Literature Summer Program in Greece Courses in Other Departments: Byzantium in the Imperial Age The Hellenistic World Pilgrimage in the Medieval Mediterranean Greek Christianity Greek and Latin Christianity before the Schism

7 F UTURE P LANS Professors Sarolta Takacs and Tia Kolbaba will present a lecture series on Greek Women from the Classical Period to the Present Rutgers University will host the Byzantine Studies Conference- the annual gathering of Byzantinists from throughout North America In Sum: There is a strong Byzantine tenured line in the History, Classics, and Religion departments. If we were to add strength in Language, Literature, and Modern Greek History, we would be the home of the finest Hellenic Studies Program in the country.

8 V ISION O F T HE F UTURE The Elytis Chair Fund for Modern Greek Studies, since the late 1970’s, currently contributes annually and generously to the program’s operating budget. Our hopes for the future are to fund a full chair to secure a tenured professorship for the Modern Greek Studies Program in the areas of Literature, Language, Modern History and Religion. With the continued tremendous support from the Community and University at large, the Hellenic Cultural Association and the Modern Greek Studies Program will continue to work towards this vision.

9 U PCOMING H CA E VENTS Cultural and Fundraising Events: December 17, 2005 Byzantine Choir from the Metropolis will be performing at Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, New Jersey January 4-8, 2006 Winter Dance Conference- Tarpon Springs, Florida March 5, 2006 Plato’s Apology- Nicholas Music Theater, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 2006 Annual Greek Independence Day Parade April 2006 Hermes Expo

10 The Torch Comes Home

11 WINTER DANCE CONFERENCE

12 SPECIAL FRIENDS’ DAY

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14 Please visit our website at: THANK YOU!


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