HCAAO Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place
on Sunday, November 30, 4:00-6:00 PM at the
University of Toronto, Wallberg Building, room 215.
Wallberg building is located at 200 College Street
(west of University Avenue, just east of St. George Street).

University Studies Orientation Day 2014

The University Studies Orientation Day (USOD) is an annual event organized by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) in cooperation with the Greek Community of Toronto.
The goal is to help high-school students applying for university studies make better and informed choices.

On Saturday, November 1, 2014, members of HCAAO visited two high-schools in Toronto and talked to grade 12 students, who are also part of the Hellenic Language classes. The discussion went around the procedure to apply for university studies, choices of programs and disciplines, appropriate preparation, etc. More specifically, Professors Panagiota Klentrou and Maria-Athina Martimianakis visited the G. S. Henry high-school (200 Graydon Hall Dr), then Professors Panagiota Klentrou and Christina Christara visited the Eastern Commerce high-school (16 Phin Ave). In both schools, the students attending the Hellenic Language classes indicated great interest in university studies, raised several questions and discussed their concerns with the professors.

The Greek Canadian History Project: City Hall Exhibition-May 12-17, 2014

The Greek Canadian History Project,
led by Professor Sakis Gekas of York University,
presented a photo-exhibition and short lecture on

“Memory and Migration: A History of Greeks in Toronto”
May 12-17, 2014

Exhibit Reception: Monday May 12, 2014 at 7pm
Toronto City Hall at the Rotunda/Hall of Memory

See also poster.

Distinguished Guest Speaker Series 2014: A tribute to Cavafis

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, HCAAO presented

The End of an Era? Religious Fanaticism and Fourth Century A.D. in the Poetry of C.P. Cavafis
a lecture by Dr. George Syrimis, Associate Chair, Hellenic Studies Program, Yale University.

The lecture was made possible with the generous support of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF).

The talk discusses a number of Cavafy poems set in the critical 4th century A.D. and late antiquity.
The period fascinated Cavafy who favored the view that Greek civilization continued uninterrupted from Paganism to Christianity. His poetry, however, presents a more complex picture; in these poems, personal relations are frustrated and confused as characters are caught between the diverse Pagan practices and the emerging Christian dogma. With Christianity gaining ascendancy and dominance in the empire, it also redefines cultural and sexual mores.
The talk will focus on poems about the controversial emperor Julian (331-363 A.D.) and discuss the rise of religious fanaticism and conflict in late antiquity and its relation to social class.
Finally, as 2013 marked the anniversaries of Cavafy’s birth and death and modern Hellenism finds itself at the crossroad of history again, the discussion will address more recent adoptions of Cavafy’s work by the radical right in contemporary Greece since the financial crisis.

See also poster

HCAAO Get-together Dinner 2014

Members of HCAAO and guests, gathered for the HCAAO Get-Together Dinner, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Trinity Taverna, 1681 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto.

The food was delicious and the atmosphere friendly and warm.
During the dinner, Professor Panagiota (Nota) Klentrou gave an interesting presentation titled “Re-thinking University Education”, in which several educational, financial and administrative issues that arise in university studies in Ontario and Greece were discussed.

We thank all members and guests for their participation and we are looking forward for fruitful engagement.