Adelaide-based primary and secondary school Greek teacher and a rock musician, Simone Mary Karanicolas, will present a lecture about how to engage our youth in Modern Greek education, on Thursday 3 October, at the Greek Centre.

For the first time in history, Australia is fostering fourth and fifth generation ethnic Greeks and of this Greek youth, we are seeing a diminishing number speaking and learning the language and culture of their heritage. There have been countless initiatives and efforts to preserve Greek Language and Culture education in Australia, but achieving this is becoming increasingly difficult with the influence of pop culture, technology and globalisation. The nature of our youth in Australia is changing and my aim is to reinstitute the passion and excitement associated with learning the Greek language and culture. Modern Greek education must evolve with current trends in teaching pedagogies and by doing so, we will access more of our Greek youth and create an engaging learning experience that aligns with students interests and is contextual to their Australian environment. In this presentation, I will exhibit my teaching pedagogies and the Youtube channel I have created in an effort to engage all my students, Greek and non-Greek alike, in the modern Greek curriculum at Prospect Primary School in Adelaide.

Thespinis Asimina is an Adelaide-based dynamic primary and secondary school Greek teacher and a rock musician who uses YouTube, gaming technology and a movement-based approach to engage youth in second language learning. In her current workplace at Prospect Primary School, Thespinis Asimina has created an immersive and captivating Greek language program despite only seeing each class once a week; and sometimes only for 50 minutes! Thespinis Asimina draws upon her study and experiences as a rock performer, musician and producer in multiple Adelaide-based bands to create educational Greek songs on YouTube using famous pop song melodies. Within the film clips, Thespinis Asimina uses popular dancing and acts multiple character roles to express Australian-Greek family dynamics. These approaches not only draw in her students, but diverse audiences globally. From the creation of her YouTube channel one year ago, the channel has since gained 500 subscribers and over 20,000 video views accumulatively.

Thespinis Asimina uses the YouTube channel to support students in accessing Greek learning content at home so that she can maximise in-class time for students to use their new knowledge in practical ways. Using a game software called Classcraft, Thespinis Asimina designs quests where students use new knowledge to journey through challenges that emulate the structure of modern gaming technology. Through her passion for teaching, music and the Greek language and culture, Thespinis Asimina strives to bring Greek language learning to the forefront of contemporary education.

The lecture is a joint initiative with the Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

When: Thursday 3 October 2019 | 7:00pm
Where: The Greek Centre, Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street , Melbourne
Language: English.
Finger food and light refreshments will be served
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Professor Dimitris Christopoulos at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University, will give a lecture entitled “Who is the Greek citizen? Citizenship status from the creation of the Greek state till today”, at the Greek Centre, on Tuesday 24 September, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

“Who is the Greek citizen?’’ is par excellence an open question. Which are the criteria that have been used to define “who is the Greek citizen?” during the last two centuries since the emergence of the modern Greek nation-state and until today? Have those criteria been stable in time or shifting? And if they have been shifting, how often do they change and why? What similar criteria of membership in a political community can they be compared with? Which have been the decisive factors that enabled non-Greeks to become Greek citizens? Who was included in, and who was excluded from such processes of citizenship granting and acquisition? What have been the expectations of the state from its citizens? And to what extend is citizenship overwhelmed with ideology? Dimitris Christopoulos (Athens, 1969) is a Greek academic, writer and activist. Ηe serves as Professor at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University in Athens where he teaches ever since 2000. He has been elected President of the International Federation for Human Rights in 2016. FIDH Vice President in 2013 after having chaired the board of the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the biggest and oldest Greek human rights association, (www.hlhr.gr) for eight years (2003-2011).

Christopoulos has studied law in Greece, political science in France, legal theory in Belgium and holds a French Phd in Public Law. He has taught as visiting professor and has provided lectures in different universities in Europe and the US. His academic publications and books reflect par excellence his interventions as a public intellectual in the field of human rights, migration, minorities and citizenship. Christopoulos is frequently interviewed by international or Greek media, writes regularly in the Greek and to a lesser extend to the

Further biographical data and his publications in http://www.dimitrischristopoulos.gr/en/biography/

When: Tuesday 24 September 2019, 7.00pm
Where: Greek Centre, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
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Kostis Karpozilos, a historian and the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives, will present a lecture about the Greek-American workers and radicals, on Monday 22 September, at the Greek Centre, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

Greek immigration to the United States in the early 20th century ascribes to the long history of European transatlantic migration to the New World. Until recently, historiography focused on the political conservatism of Greek immigrants arguing that their social mobility defined their stance on social and political questions both in Greece and the United States.This lecture highlights an alternative, and largely unknown, Greek-American history: the social, cultural and political world of ethnic radicalism. Following this story from the militant strikes of the early 20th century, to the New Deal era, and the Cold War years it demonstrates how labor migration to the New World was intertwined with the quest for a social New World that would guarantee equality and freedom.

Kostis Karpozilos (Yiannina 1978) is a historian and the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI). He has earned a degree in Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaloniki (2002), completed an M.A. in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield (2003) and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Crete (2010). His thesis focused on revolutionary diasporas in the United States and the trajectory of Greek-American radicalism in the 20th century. He is the scriptwriter of the documentary Greek-American Radicals: the Untold Story (2013), the author of a book on the Cretan socialist intellectual Stavros Kallergis (Benaki Museum, 2013), and of Red America: Greek immigrants and the Quest for a New World, 1900-1950 (Crete University Press, 2017).

His latest book (co-authored with Dimitris Christopoulos) concerned the Macedonian Question (10+1 questions and answers on the Macedonian Question, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2018).

Kostis was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Princeton University and University of Oxford and has taught at the University of the Peloponnese, at Sciences Po and at Columbia University before joining College Year in Athens. He has written extensively on the Greek crisis, the European Left and the limits of political imagination in the post-1989 world and currently he is working on an international history of the Greek Left.

When: Monday 23 September 2019, 7.00pm
Where: Greek Centre, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Appointments of the new Attica Regional Council were made for the election of the Bureau and members of the Finance Commission.

G. Patoulis: "Citizens' problems go beyond party politics divisions. Together we will shape the future of Attica".

The handover ceremony was held at the offices of Attica Region Headquarters (15-17 Syngrou Ave.) Outgoing Regional Governor of Attica R. Dourou welcomed the new Attica Governor G. Patoulis at the Governor’s office at 7th floor, where they had a brief meeting. Mrs Dourou wished Mr. Gorge Patoulis a creative term, good luck and strength in his work. Mr Patoulis thanked Mrs Dourou for the warm welcome and wished for his term a constructive cooperation with all political groups for the benefit of Attica and the citizens."Our goal is to manage with co-operation, composition and unity in order to make Attica the region of development, solidarity, security and quality of life," the new Regional Governor George Patoulis stressed. The first  solemn session of the regional council has been concluded with the election of the Bureau of the Attica Regional Council and the nomination of the full and alternate members of the Finance Committee Commission.

Mr. Patoulis wished a creative mandate to all members of the regional council, and made a reference to the symbolism of the Old Parliament House, stressing that many important decisions for Greece have been signed there. The new Attica Regional Governor pointed out that the priority of the new administration is to bring solutions to the serious and urgent problems Attica is facing through unity and composition of initiatives of all political groups. "We want all the opinions to be heard. The citizens' problems go beyond party conflicts and separations and ideological anchors.Together we will shape the future of our Attica, "he underlined.

The New Regional Governor announced that two other political groups of the regional council joined board with "New Beginning for Attica» These are the "Attica Green District" headed by N. Papadakis and the "Independent Attica Alliance", headed by A. Kourtis.

G. Patoulis: “We are determined to provide to the citizens a better everyday life, and make Attica the Region of development, solidarity, security and quality of life”.

The meeting of the new Regional Governor of Attica George Patoulis with the President of the Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos was held today in a heartfelt atmosphere at the Presidential Palace, a few hours after the official inauguration ceremony that took place yesterday, at the Zappeion Hall of Athens .

G. Patoulis expressed to the President of the Republic the determination of the new Administration of Attica Region, to provide the citizens with a better day-to-day reality, and to transform Attica to a region of  solidarity,safety and quality of life. The President of the Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, welcomed the new Regional Government of Attica warmly, expressed his hearty congratulations and stated:"I would like to remind that we have known each other for many years and we have shared the valuable political and administrative experience of Local Government, especially during the period that I was serving as a Minister of Interior Affairs .Mr. Patoulis, your previous long term of office  in Local government, and especially in the municipality of Amaroussion, where you did a work of great importance, especially with regard to the consolidation of the finances of this large municipality, is an important guarantee for your success in the Region of Attica.It is the largest region of Greece, a region with huge problems, but also great challenges for an experienced local government politician like you. I want you to know, as is, besides, my obligation - always in the context of my duties - that the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic will be a strong supporter on your work , on the projects you envision to realize and towards the problems of the Region you have to face. My sincere Congratulations again. I wish you strength and good luck".

The new Attica Regional Governor G. Patoulis thanked the President of Hellenic Republic for its warm words, and stated: “Mr. President, we never forget the great work you did in Local-government. I would like to ensure you that as the new administration of the Attica Region, we are determined to help in the best possible way to improve the quality of citizens' lives. We want to make Attica the region of solidarity, security, development and obviously in this endeavor everyone is useful .Today it is a great honor for me to meet you as a Regional Governor. The work I have to do is really difficult, though I have to tell you that I'm optimistic. Through the help of all political parties and all citizens of Attica we will make a difference every day. In this effort we also ask for your valuable support through the high office of the Presidency of Hellenic Republic, and through which you have offered so much  to the country”.

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