EMBCA Presents Legacy of Hellenic Diaspora in the Revolution of 1821

NEW YORK – The East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents The Legacy of the Hellenic Diaspora in the Revolution of 1821 Panel Discussion Webinar on Sunday, March 7, 2 PM EST, 11 AM PST, 9 PM Athens EEST, in association with AHEPA’s Hellenic Cultural Commission.

The panel for this unique event will be introduced and moderated by Lou Katsos, EMBCA’s President/Founder. The distinguished panel, in formation, will include historian and author Professor Alexander Kitroeff of Haverford College, author and Byzantinist Alexander Billinis, and author/poet and Professor of Sociology and Director of the Hellenic American Project at Queens College Nicholas Alexiou.

As Katsos noted via email, “The Hellenic diaspora, one of the oldest and largest in the world, with a continued presence from Homeric times to the present has played a very important role in Hellenic history including a significant one in the Hellenic Revolution of 1821.”

He continued, “These diaspora communities existed for centuries throughout the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Venice, Calabria and Bari in Italy, the Middle East, Eastern Anatolia, Georgia, the South Caucasus, Egypt, Cargèse in Corsica, France and beyond.”

“Examples of their influence range from the role played by Hellenic expatriates in the emergence of the Renaissance, through liberation and nationalist movements involved in the fall of the Ottoman Empire, to commercial developments across the world,” Katsos said, adding that “in many ways before and during the Hellenic War of Independence these communities raised funds and awareness abroad, fought,  and served among other things as senior officers in Hellenic armies to help create and establish the modern state of Hellas.”

In the webinar, the panel will discuss, among other things, various diaspora Hellenes (Rigas Feraios, Adamantios Korais, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Alexandros Ypsilantis, Theodoros Kolokotronis, etc.), Hellenic communities (Vienna, Odessa, Trieste, Ionian Islands, etc.), and societies like the Filiki Etairia and their effects on the Revolution.

This event is part of EMBCA’s American Hellenic Revolution of 1821 Bicentennial Committee series of events focusing not only on the Revolution but also importantly on the American, Diaspora and International aspects and influences of the Revolution for its 200 Year Anniversary.

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The event will be available on EMBCA’s YouTube channel where previous events in the series are also available.


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