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Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria celebrates 120 years

A series of lectures and presentations that highlight GOCMV's history in an attempt to find the way forward will take place at the Greek Centre

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10 November 2017

• Thursday 16 November, 7.00 pm
Researcher Juliana Charpantidou will present a lecture that focuses on the events that helped shape the Greek Community of Melbourne from its inception to the end of World War II.

• Sunday 19 November, 3.00 pm
A celebration of the 44th anniversary of the Polytechnic students uprising will be presented by the Polytechnic Commemorative Committee. The program includes a brief talk, live Greek music and a documentary depicting the events as they happened in 1973.

• Thursday 23 November, 7.00 pm
Researcher Juliana Charpantidou will present a second lecture on the history of the Greek Community of Melbourne focusing on the turbulent decades of the 1950’s & 1960’s

• Thursday 30 November, 7.00 pm
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Υoung People Andrew Jackomos presents a lecture on the ‘Greek-Aboriginal connection’. Jackomos is the son of Alick and Merle Jackomos (of Yorta Yorta descent) and grandson of Castelorizian migrants who arrived in Melbourne in the early 1900s. Andrew takes a close look at the links and similarities between the Aboriginal and Greek communities. During the course of his lecture Andrew will speak of his father's contribution towards Aboriginal justice in Victoria.

• Sunday 3 December, 3.00 pm 
In association with Democritus League, the Greek Centre will see the launch of George Michelakakis' book ‘Hope in Crisis’ (Η κρίση της Ελπίδας) presented by Dr George Vasilakopoulos of La Trobe University. The artist and former GOCMV board member, delivers an in depth analysis of the works numerous post war Greek Australian artists, poets and writers and how their work reflected both their surroundings and experiences as migrants in Australia.

• Thursday 7 December, 7.00 pm
As part of the GCM’s 120-year anniversary, The National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) Victoria celebrates Greek Youth in the Community with an evening of panellist discussion, networking, drinks, and music. The purpose of this evening is to discuss the attitudes that Greek-Australian youths have towards their identity as third, or more, generation Greek-Australians with respect to culture, language, and heritage. The panellists and participants will be exploring such attitudes by addressing the needs of our young members, the role of organisations such as NUGAS, how such organisations can maximise the benefits of student participation, and finally, the attitudes of our parents and grandparents which have in turn influenced our understanding of what it is to be Greek.

• Sunday 10 December, 3.00 pm
A fourth generation Australian Lebanese, Dr Trevor James Anthony Batrouney will deliver a lecture titled “Humble beginnings of the Orthodox Church in Victoria”. Dr Batrouney’s great grandfather migrated to Australia in 1889 and as part of his lecture he will be outline a series of historical facts revealing the beginnings of Orthodoxy in Victoria. Did you know the Syrian Community were closely connected with the Greek Church and Community in the late 1800s? Come and find out the history of the first Orthodox Church in Victoria, The Annunciation of Our Lady.

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