USF Center for Hellenic Studies Hosts Annual Forum March 7 - 8

American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture's 13th Educational Forum

TAMPA, Fla. (March 4, 2008) - The University of South Florida Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies (ICHS) will host the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture’s (AFGLC) Thirteenth Annual Educational Forum and Conference March 7-8 in the USF Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) Building. The conference is free and open to the public.

The topic of this year’s Forum is “The Hellenic Legacy Through the Ages.”  Panels will discuss “Philanthropy through the Ages,” “The Impact of Hellenic Thought in the Creation of American Democracy,” “Hellenism and Language and Culture,” “Hellenism and the Sciences” and other related topics. The conference is sponsored through the generosity of Margo and George D. Behrakis. 

“The conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about how the wisdom of ancient Greece connects to our world today,” said AFGLC President John Balis, USF professor emeritus of pathology. “We bring brilliant scholars together with fascinating topics that hold relevance to people across numerous disciplines. In other words, there’s something for everyone – scholars and those simply interested in learning more about life.”

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. For more information, please contact John Balis: (813) 205-4501; or ICHS Director James Strange: (813) 974-3139;

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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