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Art, Aesthetics, and Power

Posted  May 18, 2013  by  Politis

A very interesting yconference organized at the American College of Thessaloniki by Dr. Maria Kyriakidou. Wednesday, May 22, 11-6. The event is open to the general public. For further information contact Maria Kyriakidou at markyria@act.edu.

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Would you vote for me?

Posted  June 2, 2014  by  Politis

Advance notice, for immediate release The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service is commemorating 15 years of public service initiatives this spring with a Festival of Civic and Urban Culture, consisting of a series of events conceived to celebrate different aspects of citizenship in the city of Thessaloniki. The next in […]

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Greek urban warriors

Posted  February 26, 2015  by  DW

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service and Ianos Bookstore Cordially invite you to a presentation of Greek Urban Warriors: resistance and terrorism 1967-2014 by John Brady Kiesling Athens: Lycabettus Press, 2014 Monday, March 2, 2015, 7 PM Ianos Bookstore, Aristotelous 7, Thessaloniki Moderator: David Wisner The event will take place […]

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Social movements: political efficacy or alienation?

Posted  December 5, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Jiya Pinder Tensions have risen in Bangkok over the past few weeks, as anti-government “yellow-shirt” protesters have sought to remove democratically elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet.  The Protestors descended on the city center, popular TV stations, police headquarters and the government house in an effort to disrupt the capital city and […]

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Armed revolution… or democracy?

Posted  May 11, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship We were struck this week by one response to our broadcast last week on gun violence and the Newtown school killings. A visitor to the website wrote, “It is interesting to me that Bill Moyers, who every week describes the massive levels of corruption in our government… [and] the […]

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The YouTube citizen

Posted  September 8, 2013  by  Politis

Google and YouTube claim they can help teachers turn teenagers into better citizens. Watch the clip below to find out how.

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Does this count as participation?

Posted  May 20, 2013  by  Politis

Do IT and civic engagement mix and match? What do you think these young people are reading (and/or writing) on their smart phones? Are young people more active as a result of being more “connected?” Maybe, maybe not. Judith Froemming writes, “A true zombie is nothing more than an unconscious being apathetically and lifelessly lumbering […]

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Citizenship in Greece in questions

Posted  February 26, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Despina Ventouri Despite the fact that the concept of citizenship has roots in ancient Greece, one must not confuse this with more modern definitions and forms of citizenship. First, citizenship and democracy were invented in city-states, where it was possible for an elite class of citizens to participate directly to the political process. Second, […]

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Lecture by Thomas de Waal: The Great Catastrophe, then and now

Posted  June 8, 2016  by  PR

Live streaming video by Ustream

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The virtuous cycle

Posted  October 8, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Maria Tsiouri Why are the Swiss good at everything? ask the Huffington Post. People. “Countries that invest in human capital end up getting returns in terms of economic growth. And then countries that have that economic growth are able to reinvest further in human capital. So you have this virtuous cycle that’s established.”

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Choose4Greece II, 17 June 2012 Elections

Posted  June 8, 2012  by  ip-admin

Choose4Greece is an online application which calculates voters’ ideological congruence with political parties for the June 17 elections in Greece. Choose4Greece II represents an update, which takes into consideration the changes in the Greek political party landscape, on the initial application that was launched because of the significance of the May 6 general election and […]

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When Philotimo stood with African-Americans

Posted  February 15, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Andreas Akaras February is Black History Month, a monthlong celebration of the African diaspora’s contributions to America. During this month long observance, we Greek-Americans are reminded of the many outstanding Hellenes who stood with the African-American community in its struggle for freedom and dignity. From grade school, we come to know that America is […]

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Panhellenic platform for engaged citizens

Posted  November 20, 2013  by  Politis

Την Τετάρτη, 20 Νοε 2013, στις 18.00, στην αίθουσα πολλαπλών χρήσεων του Δημαρχείου Θεσσαλονίκης το Πανελλήνιο Παρατηρητήριο Οργανώσεων της Κοινωνίας των Πολιτών και ο Ευρωπαϊκός Όμιλος Εδαφικής Συνεργασίας (ΕΟΕΣ) «ΕΥΞΕΙΝΗ ΠΟΛΗ – Δίκτυο Ευρωπαϊκών Πόλεων για τη Βιώσιμη Ανάπτυξη» με την υποστήριξη του Δήμου Θεσσαλονίκης, οργανώνει την, ανοικτή σε όλους, «Πανελλήνια Πλατφόρμα Ενεργών Πολιτών». Η […]

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The cruel fact

Posted  February 16, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner I faced a small crisis the other day when one of the students whom I advise failed a course in his last semester at college. I discussed the issue and solicited from colleagues ways to resolve the student’s predicament while remaining firmly within school rules and, above all, seeking to uphold a […]

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Four things we learned on May 6

Posted  May 9, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner The crisis in Greece is political. Very few of the reforms the governments of George Papandreou and Lucas Papademos pledged to undertake in exchange for loans from the Troika have materialized. The evaluation of public sector employees to have begun this week has been put off indefinitely. Very little has been done […]

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Man of the hour: Beppe Grillo

Posted  February 27, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani A quick search online relative to the elections that took place in Italy earlier this week will return to even the most inexperienced internet user hits that include  words and phrases like “paralysis,” “European crawl,” “markets down,” “Moody’s on the crisis to come back,” etc., in other words a disaster coming up […]

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Greeks are (not) stingy!

Posted  December 12, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Diego Salas. I go to the restaurant next to the Hotel and the owner gives me a salad without me asking for it…oops, suddenly why not a glass of ouzo.  Assisting people is very important in order to progress and maybe that’s why Greece is where it is if we stick to a report […]

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Exclusive interview with blogger Kostas Kallergis

Posted  April 22, 2013  by  Politis

Freelance journalist and blogger Kostas Kallergis recently visited the Dukakis Center where he spoke about fighting corruption in politics. In his prepared remarks he underlined that there are two main methods of fighting corruption: 1) the Judicial system, as it has laws as weapons; and 2) the media, which inflicts punishment through publication. Kallergis also […]

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Circle dancing with the Greeks

Posted  April 19, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner I first drafted this note over a year ago. If anything, the tendency I described, and its implications for the future of Greece and the EU, are all the greater. A worldly Greek acquaintance likes to tell the following anecdote. Foreign investors of a bygone era come to Greece, only to lose […]

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When politics invaded the civil service

Posted  April 25, 2012  by  PR

By Fotini Kalliri, Kathimerini, Athens Every so often experts talk about the systemic nature of the crisis in the Greek civil service, offering different opinions as to why the state mechanism is in such a shambles and cannot contribute in any positive way to the country’s economy and growth. One thing that they all agree […]

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