Greek Language & Culture Forum


By Barbara Melendez

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2010) –The Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at the University of South Florida and the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture will hold their 15th Annual AFGLC Educational Event, Feb. 19 – 20. In keeping with the goal of promoting Hellenic studies, this year’s theme is “Hellenic Values in a Global Civilization: Engaging Colleges, Universities, and Citizens.” In recognition of the event, the Honorable Beverley Billiris, Mayor of the City of Tarpon Springs, has proclaimed February 19 and 20 as American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture Days. 

Registration and a continental breakfast kick off a full day of events on the first day, Feb. 19, at the Marshall Student Center in Tampa. There will be opening greetings and remarks by USF President Judy Genshaft and Provost Ralph Wilcox, along with presentations by national and international scholars and dignitaries. The next day’s activities will be followed by an evening reception and educational event at the Embassy Suites on the USF Tampa campus at 37 Spectrum Blvd. Saturday’s program begins at 8:30 at St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs, in the Campus & Spanos Center and continues until 5 p.m.

The overall focus of the symposium is the growth and experience of the Greek-American community and the opportunities for teaching greater awareness of the modern world’s Greek inheritance. The annual forum is made possible by the generosity of Margo and George D. Behrakis. For further information, contact Dr. John Balis, (813) 205-4501, James Strange, (813) 974-1859 or Michael T. Gibbons (813) 974-5470.

AFGLC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the contribution of Greek language, culture and heritage to American society, history, ideas and values.



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.