Stratos Efthymiou Consul General of Greece in Boston to Speak “US-Greek Relations in a Challenging Regional Context ”

5 p.m., Thursday, January 31,
7th Floor Events Room, Glickman Library, USM Portland

Strratos Efthymiou Consul GeneralStratos Efthymiou will talk about his work as Consul General of Greece in Boston and his country’s regional challenges, initiating a discussion about Greece and developments in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean.

Stratos Efthymiou is a career diplomat working for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From early 2016 to September 2017 he was the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of its Information & Public Diplomacy Department. As Spokesperson he was part of the Greek negotiating team in the UN Conferences on the Cyprus issue in Geneva and in Crans Montana.

He was also responsible for the public diplomacy and the social media of the Greek Foreign Ministry and for the communication aspects of international events such as the Ancient Civilization’s Forum and the two Rhodes Conferences for Security and Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Hellenic Society of Maine Spring 2019

The Hellenic Society of Maine Spring 2019 edition has been published (Click Here for the electronic version) and if you are on our mailing list you should have received a copy.  If you are not on our mailing list please send us an email at info@HellenicSocietyOfMaine.org or subscribe to this webpage to receive notifications.

Film: “Z” by the director Costa-Gavras

Location: USM Portland Campus, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall
Time: Sunday, November 4, 3 PM,

Previously shown in the first Hellenic Society Film Series 14 years ago! A landmark political thriller, this film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1969. Costa-Gavras gives us a top-class, fast paced directed film which hasn’t aged. The movie tells the true story of the routine investigation into the seemingly accidental death of a Greek pacifist leader. It uncovers a web of violence and terrorism that implicates an entire government in its conspiracy to murder an honest man. “…one of the fastest, most exciting melodramas ever made…never loses emotional contact with the audience” (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker). Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin, Yves Montand and Irene Papas. In French with English subtitles. 127 minutes.

Worlds oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

A 75 feet ancient shipwreck has been found in Black Sea in over 1.6 miles of water, according the Guardian newspaper. The lack of oxygen in such a depth preserved this shipwreck in tact with mast, rudders, and rowing benches. This is the oldest ship found and is believed to be 2400 years old. The documentary team has made a two-hour film that is due to be shown at the British Museum … (Full article)

HSoM Newsletter Fall 2018

The Hellenic Society of Maine Fall 2018 edition has been published (Click Here for the electronic version). If you are on our mailing list you should have received a copy.  If you are not on our mailing list, please send us an email at info@HellenicSocietyOfMaine.org or subscribe to this webpage to receive automatic notifications.

Ambassador David Pearce: “Why Diplomacy Matters”

Why Diplomacy Matters”
By David Pearce Former Ambassador to Greece 2013-2015
Date: Friday, September 21,  @ 5:30pm
Location: Room 102 Wishcamper Hall, USM Portland

We are excited to announce a talk by the Honorable David Pearce, former U.S Ambassador to Greece (and Algeria). He will discuss why U.S. engagement abroad matters, drawing on over four decades of experience of living and working overseas, as a journalist and diplomat. He will also provide practical examples of diplomacy at work, from his time as Ambassador to Greece from 2013-2016, and his  many years of work in the Middle East.
Ambassador Pearce has held senior-level positions at the State Department in Washington, with responsibility for Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
After three years of service as Ambassador in Athens, he retired in November 2016 from the U.S. Department of State as a Career Minister, the second-highest rank attainable in the Foreign Service.

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“Astoria” the last film of the Spring series

Sunday, April 15, 3 PM, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland

“Astoria” Dir.: Nick Efteriades, USA, (2000, limited release), 2006.
Okay, so it’s not a Academy Award contender, but this independent film by a Greek-American filmmaker is a solid little drama set in the Queens neighborhood of Astoria known as “Little Athens.” The film centers around a blue-collar Greek-American family and its struggle to hold on to the American Dream— it’s like a Greek Saturday Night Fever with much less dancing! The desire of 28-year-old Alex is to escape his stagnant neighborhood, and his father’s plan that he take over the family sandwich shop, and pursue an off-beat dream that will take him to the lost tomb of Alexander the Great. Meanwhile he has to deal with a local mangas; and with the fact that he has become enchanted by a beautiful iconographer, visiting from Greece. The original score by Nikos Papazoglou is a plus. The New York Times called the film “charming.” Rated “R” for language. In English. 103 minutes.