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Onassis Foundation Scholar Sotirios Mousouris to Lecture at Drexel on Greeces Role in the East and W

February 20, 2009

Senior Visiting Scholar of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Dr. Sotirios Mousouris will visit Drexel University and lecture on “Greece Between East and West in the Past 2,300 Years: Contacts and Cross-fertilizations.” A lawyer, economist roving ambassador, founder of distance learning university, lecturer and author, Mousouris is known for promoting peace, development and human rights around the globe. The lecture will be presented on February 26, 2009 at 6 p.m. in the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery, Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

Mousouris served the United Nations from 1966 through 1995, becoming Assistant Secretary General in 1983. In that position, he held roles as diverse as coordinator of Special Economic Assistance Programs, director of the Office for Secretariat Services for Economic and Social Matters, director of the Centre against Apartheid, Personal Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan and Pakistan and coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance for Afghanistan.

In 1981, on a leave of absence from the UN, he was appointed by the Greek government as deputy governor of the Hellenic Industrial Bank (ETBA). Since his return to Greece in 1995, Dr. Mousouris has served as executive president of the Organization for the Construction of the New Museum of the Acropolis, Athens (1995-2000); Special Envoy of the Greek Government (1997-98), visiting 17 African nations; ad hoc special counselor of the Foreign Minister (2000-04); vice president of the Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights (1997-present); a member of the Board of Governors of the Open University of Greece (1996-2004); Greek Governor of the Asia-Europe Foundation (2001-present); and President and a founder of the Hellenic-African Chamber of Commerce and Development (2000-present).

This marks the third year in a row that Drexel’s Greek Studies Program will host a scholar from the Onassis Foundation. As part of the program’s academic component, Drexel offers to all its students courses in Cretan and Greek Culture and the Modern Greek Language. A $1 million gift from the Vidalakis Family Foundation to Drexel endowed the Vidalakis Family Cretan Scholars Program. Each year through this program, eight students are awarded a $5,000 stipend in support of their six-month cooperative education placement on Crete. Through Drexel’s renowned co-op program, students “learn by doing” as they alternate periods of classroom study in Philadelphia with periods of off-campus, full-time paid professional employment in Crete aligned with their academic interests.


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