Past Event – November 6th, 2023

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to invite you to a conversation with

Bessie Karras-Lazaris on
Preserving Our Ethnic Identity: Is It Gaining Popularity?

(To watch the video of the event, please click here)

Bessie Karras-Lazaris is the President of the Greek Heritage Society (GHS) of Southern California, a non-profit organization founded in 1985. As an international educator, she is committed at preserving our rich Greek heritage, traditions, and culture and passing on our legacy to the future generations.
Bessie will discuss her professional background and international experience, which motivated her to join GHS and committ to its goals. GHS has promoted many projects through the years, most notably, the award-winning documentary film trilogy narrated by academy-award winner Olympia Dukakis (The Pioneers 1900-1942, The Promise of Tomorrow 1940-1960, The New Greek Americans 1960-2018). Presently, GHS is in the process of archiving over 500 interviews in a digital library for research, educational, and community awareness purposes.
Bessie will connect her own professional experience in international education and leadership to the struggles of individuals in a new land: what they gain, how those experiences enrich both them and their communities here and in the home country. She will also talk about how second, third, or any generation of Greek-Americans view their heritage: how the perception of their identity has changed across generations, and future expectations about preserving the Greek language, culture, and heritage.

When: November 6th, 2023, 7:00-9:00pm (via Zoom)

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Thank you for joining us!
We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!

(To watch the video of the event, please click here)

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