Atlantic City, NJ – There were lullabies and love songs, traditional folk songs of life on the island nation of Cyprus, sung by Fulbright scholar Nicoletta Demetriou. They highlighted the first evening of the Modern Greek Studies Symposium held in Atlantic City, New Jersey this weekend.

The biennial event was hosted by the Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies at Stockton University. Professors David Roessel and Tom Papademetriou, Director of the Center, co-chaired the four-day program, that kicked off on Thursday with an awards reception.

The biennial Symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association was founded in 1968 by a group of intellectuals and scholars (Americans and Greeks in America), to showcase the merits of the modern Greek tradition and contemporary Greek culture. It has evolved since then to an American-based, non-profit academic organization, dedicated to the promotion of Modern Greek Studies in the United States and Canada and conversant internationally on all issues, historical and contemporary, which pertain to Greek matters.