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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Movie series:“If”(“Αν”)

Dir.: Christopher Papakaliatis , Greece, 2012

Sunday, December 10, 3 PM, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus

In Athens during the current economic crisis, Demetris (Papakaliatis) is a highly independent man, living a fairly normal life. He’s a confirmed bachelor at the age of 33 – his roommate is a female German shepherd called Lonesome. One night, Lonesome wants to be taken out. Demetris tries to change her mind but Lonesome insists. It’s at this moment that he must make a decision. And his choice will change everything. If Demetris goes out, he will meet Christina, the love of his life. If he stays in, he will not meet her and his life will take a different track. The film flips back and forth between both choices and, on the way, asks, ‘Does true love exist?’ ‘What is the impact of a severe economic crisis on people?’ ‘Can the crisis destroy a couple?’ A love story shown from two different angles in a changing world. Not Rated; includes one intense sexual scene. In Greek with English sub-titles. 111 minutes.

BBC:The mystery behind Greece’s temples

Greece2A very interesting article about Greece’s temples was posted on BBC’ s travel section “The mystery behind Greece’s temples”. The article author, Stav Dimitropoulos, explains how her grand father used to tell her  temples sympolize something bigger than humans and how she met Manolo Fernandez, a Spanish language teacher and amateur astronomy enthusiast, who shares her grandfather’s opinion – that the placement of Greece’s temples was not random.

Fernadez suggests that if you look at a map, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion forms an isosceles triangle with the Hephaisteion in Athens and the temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina. Apollo in Delphi, Aphaia in Aegina and the Parthenon, the same: they all form perfect isosceles triangles!

An excellent summer read special if you have visited or planning to visit Greece.

Power and Pathos Bronze Sculptures of the Hellenistic World

  • Presented by: Jens Daehner
  • Date: 11/29/2016 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

pathosFrom the fourth century BCE to the first century CE, artists of the Mediterranean world created richly detailed bronze sculptures of unparalleled realism and expression. Only a few of these ancient masterpieces survive. Jens Daehner, associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum who recently curated a celebrated exhibition of Hellenistic bronzes for the Getty Museum, discusses the importance of bronze in antiquity and artistic innovations of the Hellenistic period.

Leonard Cohen’s days in Hydra

avishai-cohen-montreal-1189Leonard Cohen, who just passed way at the age of 82, great singer and poet spend 10 years in Hydra island of Greece. According to greekreporter.com …”A restless spirit, Cohen started as a writer and travelled a lot. In September 1960, he purchased a house on Hydra island, where he found his muse and the sunny solitude he needed to write. In fact he wrote his The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) while living on the island. It was there that he met Marianne Jensen, his partner for most of the 1960s and the inspiration behind debut album cut, “So Long, Marianne”.  ” … see more here