On the evening of Tuesday March 26th, the Greek Students’ Association at the University of Toronto hosted their fourth annual Academic Night. The majority of the attendants were already familiar with the Campbell Conference Theater at the prestigious Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto, as only eleven months ago the same Students’ Association made history by hosting for the first-time on Canadian soil, the North American Hellenic Students Association Convention. This time however, the crowd was slightly different. The attendants included students of a broad ethnic background, professors, and scholars from various academic disciplines from five different leading North American universities, the Chair of the Political Science Department, representatives of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, and most importantly, the Consul General of Greece the Hon. Dimitris Azemopoulos.
The event opened with a wine and cheese reception during which attendants had the opportunity to socialize with the speakers and ask questions that they would like them to address during their speeches. The two main speakers were the Consul General and Professor Efthalia Chatzigianni, both of which elaborated on their opinions for the political crisis in Greece, which included a deeper look into its causes, effects, and possible future outcomes.
Professor Chatzigianni is currently a visiting professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, her research interests cover the areas of International Organization and European Governance to name a few, and has worked for three Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games.
The event was perceived by all attendants as the most successful Academic Night, and many professors congratulated UofT’s GSA for its efforts to promote Hellenism in the academic world, along with their vibrant cultural presence on campus.
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