‘Lifting The Soul Upwards With Cretan Poets Kazantzakis And Prevelakis’ Lecture To Be Presented in Astoria

A lecture will be given in Astoria on the 11th of March titled ‘Lifting The Soul Upwards With Cretan Poets Kazantzakis And Prevelakis’.

The main speaker of the event will be Dr. Chrysa Damianaki, Professor of Art History, (Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione dell’Università di Lecce) in Italy.

Chrysa Damianaki of Cretan Origin will visit New York in order to attend a workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art within the framework of the exhibition titled ‘The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini’.

Dr. Damianaki studied philosophy at the University of Athens and then she attended University of Essex and University of London, where she studied history and theory of art.

She has been a professor at several universities such as the Universities of Crete, Ioannina and Athens, while since 2000 she has been Associate Professor at the University of Salento in Lecce. She has also published articles concerning Italian renaissance and has been awarded for her work.

The lecture is being organized by ‘Cultural Crete’ Foundation and Theodore & Erica Spyropoulos Foundation in collaboration with the New York Cretan Association “Minos” and the Hellenic American Educators Association.

The chairman of ‘Cultural Crete’ Foundation, Manolis Velivasakis, stated: “We are looking forward to hearing Dr. Damianaki’s views about Cretan authors Nikos Kazantzakis and Pantelis Prevelakis. Both of them contributed to the spread of Cretan and Hellenic culture internationally”.

On his part, Theodoros Spyropoulos emphasized that new generation needs to learn about our cultural heritage in order to deal with the challenges arising nowadays.

The lecture will take place at ‘Minoan Palace’ of the New York Cretan Association “Minos”, under the auspices of the Municipal Radio Station ‘Cosmos FM’ and the Greek American Village S.A. A discussion will follow the lecture while Cretan traditional food will be served to the audience.


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