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Media Advisory: New Hellenic Studies centre

September 15, 2011
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Contact:
Erica Branda, SFU Advancement, 778.782.3353, ebranda@sfu.ca
Desiree Mamisao, SFU Hellenic Studies, 778.782.7012, hellenic@sfu.ca
Dixon Tam, SFU PAMR, 604.417.0881 (cell), dixont@sfu.ca


Simon Fraser University and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation are partnering to establish the school as one of the premier locations for the study of Greek history, culture and language outside of Greece.

The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies will offer expanded Hellenic academic programming, including undergraduate and graduate programs. It will also focus on expanding current Greek for Chinese language instruction programs, plus expanding links with Chinese academic institutions and encouraging Greek studies in China.

Also, the Order of Phoenix will be awarded to SFU president Andrew Petter, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences dean John Craig, and chair of SFU Hellenic Studies Andre Gerolymatos. The Order of Phoenix honours those who have made a contribution to Greek culture.

Greeceā€™s ambassador to Canada and the Consul General of Greece in Vancouver will be in attendance.

WHO:            Simon Fraser University and Stavros Niarchos Foundation
WHAT:          Announce partnership to create new Hellenic Studies centre, plus awarding Order of Phoenix to three recipients
WHEN:          Friday, September 16, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:        SFU Burnaby, Saywell Hall Atrium, 8888 University Dr., Burnaby

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