The Future of Hellenism in America: Selected Conference Papers
The Future of Hellenism in America: Selected Conference Papers edited by Van Coufoudakis and a Foreword by Constantine G. Berbatis, Ph.D. and Introduction by Nick Larigakis, AHI president. The 500-page volume is a compilation of 68 selected papers presented at conferences organized by the AHIF and held annually in fourteen different U.S. cities between 2002 and 2018. The conferences on The Future of Hellenism in America aimed to provide an opportunity for critical evaluation of and reflection on Hellenism and its application and meaning to the Greek American and American community today.
The papers are organized along eight themes:
• Defining and promoting Hellenism in the United States.
• The role of the media.
• The importance of participation in the political process.
• The future of Greek American organizations.
• Modern Greek Studies programs in American universities.
• The teaching of the Greek language.
• Issues affecting Greek American identity.
• Hellenism and the role of the Orthodox Church.
These conference presentations showed the growth, evolution, and success of an immigrant community that confronted serious discrimination in the first quarter of the twentieth century but rose to prominence in all aspects of American life through its own efforts. Today, Greek Americans are present in and contributing to all aspects of American life, in the arts, the sciences, in business, and politics.