ENC Professor Organizes Program to Honor Immigrants

RSS FeedTsamantasMore than 300 people are expected to attend a series of events during Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10, 11, and 12) to celebrate the centennial of Worcester’s St. George Hellenic Benefit Society of Tsamantas, Inc., a fraternal organization founded by Greek immigrants from the village of Tsamantas in Northwest Greece in 1908. The events also honor Greek-American immigration, and examine issues of identity and belonging for all immigrants.

The event has been coordinated by Soterios Zoulas, a communication arts professor here at Eastern Nazarene College.  This event has also been funded in part by grants from ENC.

"ENC has been supportive of my efforts to foster intercultural communications," said Zoulas. "ENC supported my attendance at an international conference in Greece in 2005.I spoke on that topic in Epirus, Greece to a group of scholars from the European Union. The Columbus Day weekend events are a expansion of the 2005 conference."

Representative James McGovern and Mayor of Worcester Constantine Lukes are scheduled to attend the festivities.

The events and activities include a reception at the Worcester Art Museum with ethnic food and music Friday, Oct. 10, an academic conference on immigration to be held at Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass. Saturday, Oct. 11, and a commemorative symposium at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, Mass. Sunday, Oct.12.

Several international scholars from the United Kingdom, European Union, and the United States will present papers, provide insight, and spark discussion on immigration issues.

Other activities include:

  1. The exhibition of the documentary, The Journey: The Greek American Dream, which recounts the arrival and settlement of the Greeks at the turn of the 20th century, their gradual assimilation into American society and the revival of Greek ethnicity in the 1970s.

  2. The visit of the Abbott of Holy Monastery of Giromeri to Worcester. The Holy Monastery is situated near the village of Tsamantas. The Abbot will bring holy relics and other religious objects that will be exhibited at St. Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester. The Abbott will also lead the liturgy at the Sunday Service and speak at the commemorative symposium at the Cathedral Sunday, Oct. 12.

  3. The translation and publication by Hellenic College of a Monograph of the Epirote village of Tsamantas written in 1926 by Nikos Nitsos, a Greek scholar. The monograph will be distributed to colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia.

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Cultural Commission, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. In addition, the program has also been funded in part by grants from Eastern Nazarene College and the Maliotis Foundation, and in-kind contributions from Hellenic College and the Maliotis Cultural Center.