About Greek Independence

In 1821, the Greeks launched an eight year campaign for freedom against the Ottomans. 200 years later we remember and honor such a significant revolution for our people and the world. 

The video presentations below were presented as part of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund’s 30th Annual Conference, held virtually in February 2021. The event aimed to show the Greek Revolution using the lens of American Philhellenes who supported the war effort from America, as well as those who were on the ground fighting in actual battles and distributing humanitarian aid. We hope that these presentations give site visitors a unique and informative perspective on the history of the Greek Revolution through experts and the arts. 

A TRIBUTE TO GREECE, In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and our Hellenic Orthodox Christian Heritage, features two unique segments. The first, The Greek Revolution through American Eyes, is a virtual presentation by Tom Papademetriou, Ph.D, Constantine and Georgeian Georgiou Endowed Professor of Greek History and Director, Dean C. and Zoë S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at Stockton University, Galloway, NJ. The webinar offers a special preview of the exhibition The Greek Revolution (1821-29) through American Eyes, which will open at the Maliotis Cultural Center on the grounds of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA on March 22, 2021. The exhibition offers an understanding of the Greek revolutionary events and their significance. Following its stay at the Maliotis Cultural Center through the fall of 2021, the exhibit will move to Stockton University.

“Leadership 100 has been honored by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros to lead off the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution with a remarkable program of outstanding speakers and musical selections, organized by our own Leadership 100 Vice Chairman, Demetrios Logothetis, who has been appointed by His Eminence as Vice Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee of the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution,” said Argyris Vassiliou, Leadership 100 Chairman.

The program also included messages from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President of “Greece 2021” Committee and Ambassador-at-Large of Greece, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and Ambassador of Greece to the United States of America, Alexandra Papadopoulou.

The second segment of A TRIBUTE TO GREECE is titled, Following the Greek Music for the Greek Revolution, 1821-2021. Organized by Nektarios S. Antoniou, Artistic Director and Senior Advisor for Culture of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The program is a musical tribute featuring Les Vibrations Sympathiques, conducted by Pavlos Kordis, pianist; the acclaimed Polis Ensemble; Soprano Eleni Calenos, accompanied by  virtuoso pianist and musicologist, Dr. Athanasios Trikoupis; violinist Dr. Giannis Zarias and the  String Trio and Violin Orchestra; Mode Plagal; and Singer Charis Tsalpara. Selections will include Skalkottas’ Greek Dances, and classical and contemporary music inspired by  the Greek Revolution. The music is accompanied by the showcasing of artistic works by master painter and iconographer Dr. George Kordis, and photographs and prints from the collection of the Treasury NYC.