HCAAO Annual (2017) General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place
on Sunday, December 10, 2017, 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).
The meeting is for members. If you are eligible and
would like to become a member,
you will be able to register at this meeting.

Film screening, Greece Year Zero

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History
and the Hellenic Students Association, both at York University,
organize the film screening

Title: Greece Year Zero
Date/Time: Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Life Sciences Building 105, York University
Director: Dannis Koromilas
Cinematography: Nick Kouros, Ilias Adamis
Narration: Alex Karzis
Music: Konstantine Arnokouros
Entrance: free
Director Dannis Koromilas will be present for a conversation after
the screening.

Map of York University
Other York University maps

More about the film.

Penelope Karageorge of the National Herald says:
Greece Year Zero is an epic documentary the compresses 200 years
of Greek history into 77 fascinating minutes.
It is frequently painful to watch, but you cannot look away
as right-wingers, left-wingers, foreign governments, 17-year-old monarchs
and politicians of all ill command the destiny of the Hellenes.

Research on Greek immigrants in Canada

The research groups of McGill University, Simon Fraser University,
University of Patras and York University present their research work
on the history of Greek immigrants in Canada from 1950 to 1970

Date/Time: Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 6:30 PM
Venue: Panarcadian Federation of Canada, 450 Danforth Avenue
Entrance: free. Presentation will be in Greek.

The researchers are also asking anyone who has
relevant historical material
, photographs or other,
to contact Professor Sakis Gekas, agekas@yorku.ca,
Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History & Hellenic Studies,
or tel 647-551-8622, so that the material becomes digitized,
and is studied, and all relevant information
passed in the archives of a digital museum.

Two lectures by the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in
Modern Greek History and Hellenic Studies, York University
is hosting:

Speaker: Michalis Spourdalakis, Professor of Political Science
at the University of Athens and Dean of the School of Economics and Politics
Title: Methodological traditions on the state-society relationship:
Reflecting on current relations in Greece.
Date/Time: Tuesday October 10, 11:30 — 14:00.
Venue: Department of History Common Room, Vari Hall 2183, York University

Entrance free.

The Panmacedonian Association and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in
Modern Greek History and Hellenic Studies, York University
are presenting:

Speaker: Professor Sakis Gekas, Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair,
Modern Greek History, York University
Title: Immigration from Macedonia to Canada 1900-1940
Date/Time: Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 7.00 pm
Venue: Macedonian Cultural Center 406 Danforth Ave. M4K 1P3

Free admission. Reception to follow. (The lecture will be in Greek).

HCAAO Get-together dinner 2017

The Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO)
organized its annual dinner

Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6 PM (reception), 7 PM (dinner)
Venue: University of Toronto Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street
Invited speaker: Professor John Tsotsos
Tickets: $75 (includes 3-course dinner and wine)
RSVP: Christina Christara ccc@cs.toronto.edu

About the talk and speaker:

Title: Artificial Intelligence: Should you Believe Stephen Hawking and
Elon Musk or Google and Facebook?

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence makes headlines on an almost daily
basis. It is creeping into our everyday activities at an alarming pace
and its potential seems to be a magnet for entrepreneurs. The
entertainment industry portrays it as both magical and terrifying, and
both sentiments are echoed by internationally known personalities as
well. But where does truth lie?

I will try to cut through the hyperbole and misinformation to provide
some perspective on the status and future of AI. Examples from my lab’s
research on robotics and computer vision will illustrate how we are
trying to make AI more like The Jetson’s Rosie or Star Trek: TNG’s
Commander Data and less like The Terminator.

John Tsotsos Biography:

John Tsotsos is Distinguished Research Professor of Vision Science at
York University. He received his doctorate in Computer Science,
specializing in artificial intelligence, from the University of Toronto.
After a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiology at Toronto General
Hospital, he joined the University of Toronto on faculty in Computer
Science and in Medicine. In 1980 he founded the highly respected
Computer Vision Group at the University of Toronto, which he led for 20
years. He was recruited to move to York University in 2000 as Director
of the Centre for Vision Research. He has been a Canadian Heart
Foundation Research Scholar (1981-83), a Fellow of the Canadian
Institute for Advanced Research (1985-95) and Canada Research Chair in
Computational Vision (2003-2017). He has received many awards and
honours including many best paper awards, the 2006 Canadian
Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society Award for Research
Excellence and Service, the 1st President’s Research Excellence Award by
York University on the occasion of the University’s 50th anniversary in
2009, and the 2011 Geoffrey J. Burton Memorial Lectureship from the
United Kingdom’s Applied Vision Association for significant contribution
to vision science. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada in 2010 and was awarded its 2015 Sir John William Dawson Medal
for sustained excellence in multidisciplinary research, the first
computer scientist to be so honoured. Over130 trainees have graduated
from his lab. His current research focuses on a comprehensive theory of
visual attention in humans. A practical outlet for this theory forms a
second focus, embodying elements of the theory into the vision systems
of mobile robots.

First HCAAO Symposium

The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO), with
the generous support of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and additional support from
the Greek Community of Toronto – Program Paideia,
the Cypriot Federation of Canada, and
the Panarcadian Federation of Canada, and
under the auspices of the Greek Consulate in Toronto, organizes
the first HCAAO Symposium.
The Symposium is open to Greek and Greek-Canadian scientists of Ontario,
students, press, local authorities and the general audience.

The Symposium includes short presentations
by 20+ faculty members of Greek descent across Ontario universities,
on topics relevant to their research.

Important dates:
*March 8:* Abstract submission deadline (closed)
*March 15:* Announcement of presenters (done)
*April 5:* Registration deadline
*April 8:* First HCAAO Symposium

Venue: Room SF 1101, Sandford Fleming Building, University of Toronto,
10 King’s College Rd, Toronto.
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10AM – 5PM.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Michalis Psalidopoulos,
Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund
Professor of the History of Economic Thought at
the Department of Economics, University of Athens, Greece
Title: The global economic crisis of 2008 and the battle of economic ideas

There will also be a panel discussion, with the keynote speaker and
Professors Eirini Chila (Panteion U),
Christos Shiamptanis (Wilfrid Laurier U),
and Othon Alexandrakis (York U).

For a glance at the program see program in pdf.

For more information,
please visit the symposium website.

Here are some photos:

Book launch, Xenocracy by Sakis Gekas

The Department of History at York University

Event: Book Launch
Title: XENOCRACY: State, Class and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands 1815-1864
Author: Professor Sakis Gekas
Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History,
York University
Presented by: Professor Deborah Neill
Date/time: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
Venue: Room 305, Founders College, York University

All are welcome.

The Canadian Institute of Mediterranean Studies presents
Event: Book Launch
Title: XENOCRACY: State, Class and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands 1815-1864 (Berghan Books 2017)
Author: Professor Sakis Gekas
Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History,
York University
Presented by: Tassos Theodoridis, Managing Editor, Greek Press and Michalis Sotiropoulos, Post-doctoral Fellow, Princeton University
Date/time: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, from 7pm to 8pm.
Venue: University of Toronto, Teefy Hall, Room 102, located at 57 Queen’s Park Crescent East, St. Michael’s College.

All are welcome.

Student conference on Research on Greece

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History
and the Department of Anthopology, both of York University,
host the

Event: The first student conference on Research on Greece
Date/time: Friday, March 24, 2017, 10 AM – 4 PM
Venue: Harry Crowe Room, Atkinson Building, York University

For more information see
the conference website or contact

Lecture by Professor Thanos Veremis

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) sponsored program of Hellenic Studies
at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
presents the lecture

Speaker: Professor Thanos Veremis
Title: The West in search of its identity in three
simultaneous states of mind: Pre-modern, modern and post-modern
Venue: The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility,
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place
Date/time: Thursday 23 March 2017, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Reception to follow.
Please register for this event as space may be limited.
Registration is free: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/22251/

About the speaker:
Thanos Veremis is Professor Emeritus of Political history at
the University of Athens, Department of European and International Studies
and Founding Member of the Hellenic Foundation for European and
Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

He has been Research Associate, at the International Institute for Strategic
Studies, London 1978-79; Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies,
Harvard Univ. 1983; Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs, Princeton Univ. 1987; Visiting Fellow, St.
Antony’s College, Oxford 1993-94; Constantine Karamanlis Professor at the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford Massachusetts (2000-2003); and
more recently President of the National Council of Education, 2004-2010.

100 years from the November 1916 battle of Athens

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History
at York University and the Danforth/Coxwell library present

Title: A Nation Divided. Greece on the verge of civil war
The November 1916 battle of Athens and Greece’s entry to Great War
Speaker: Professor Sakis Gekas (HHF Chair of Modern Greek History, York U)
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: Danforth/Coxwell Library
1675 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C 5P2
Closest major intersection Danforth Ave. and Coxwell Ave.
Located on the south side of Danforth Ave., 1 block east of Coxwell Ave.,
across from Shoppers’ Drug Mart.

Come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the November 1916 battle
of Athens and Greece’s entry to the great War.
Sakis Gekas, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in
Modern Greek History at York University will share the history
and importance of this event.

Drop in. For more information, please call the branch at (416) 393-7783.
Go to branch’s webpage annoucement.