MELBOURNE | The Greek Community’s History and Culture Seminar series kicks off its fourth year next Thursday with a welcoming event where the well-known polymath and former Labor Federal Member of Parliament and Minister of Science & Innovation, Barry Jones, will be the guest speaker.
The Community is delighted at having Dr Jones, a well-known aficionado of Classical Greece, to launch this year’s program. This year’s program is already available on the Community’s website: http://www.greekcommunity.com.au/en/schools/seminars
The calibre of speakers is impressive to say the least. About a third are invited guests from interstate and about three quarters of all speakers are presenting for the first time at this event. This being a deliberate strategy by the organizing committee to give prominence to new voices.
The thematology will be similar to last year where the first half of the year most topics were associated with ancient Greece or philosophy. The second half of the year has more diverse topics that reflect the modern historical period and diaspora themes.
The first lecture will be delivered by the University of Queensland’s Professor Alastair Blanchard, the inaugural Paul Eliades Chair of Classics and Ancient History. A lecture to look out for mid-year is that of Lieutenant Commander Andrea Argirides from the Australian Defence Forces. A sort of Greek-Australian ‘Indian Jones’ , Andrea has spent time on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan assisting in the preservation of Greek and other antiquities.
The seminar series is open to all and the Ithacan Philanthropic Society has kindly made available its premises for hosting these presentations until the Community’s Cultural Centre is up and running. To mitigate the costs of running this seminar series, individuals this year also have the option of sponsoring a lecture of their choice. All enquiries should be directed to Nick Dallas, the convenor of this year’s series.