Joint Conference with the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning

Key information

  • Dates: January 19, 2019 (10:00am - 3:00pm)
  • Location: Ioannina (Greece)
  • Organized by:  Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning (SPEL), CHS US, CHS Greece
  • Open to: All (free of charge)
  • Registration: On the day of the event
  • Speakers:  George Babiniotis (SPEL), Gregory Nagy (Harvard/CHS), Niki Tsironi (National Hellenic Research Foundation), Eleni Papanikolaou (SPEL), Aikaterini Tatsi (SPEL), Christina Plakoutsi (SPEL), Pavlos Mavrogiannis (SPEL), and Christos Tsatsoulis (SPEL)
  • Activity Administration: Christos Giannopoulos (CHS Greece) and George Trapalis (SPEL)

About the conference


The Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University and the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning (SPEL), or Philekpaideutiki Etaireia, have been holding ever since the beginning of their official cooperation in 2016 an annual or biannual one-day conference, related to the study and promotion of Greek culture and language, and the humanities in general.

This series of joint activities has benefited both CHS and SPEL, in addition to the over 2,000 participants throughout the years. CHS and SPEL are further exploring possibilities for programs and other initiatives development, with the scope to support and expand their existing cooperation and offer to the educational community in areas such as: life-long learning, teaching, education, and research.

On Saturday January 19, 2019, SPEL and CHS, organized the educational event "Do we Need Classical Languages Today?". The event was held at the Arsakeia Schools in Ioannina. Professors Georgios Babiniotis and Gregory Nagy spoke on the topic during the first session, moderated by Niki Tsironi, while in the second session, papers were presented by teachers from the Arsakeia Schools in Ioannina. 

The event was attended by primary and secondary school teachers from public and private schools and members of the broader scientific and research community. On the occasion of the event, the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning renewed the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions, effective for the next three years (January 2019–January 2022).

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