On December 11, 2016, the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus” celebrated the 2,400 birthday of Aristotle at the Hellenic Cultural Center at 27-09 Crescent St., Astoria, New York.
The topics discussed were “The Relevance of Aristotle’s Ethical Theory to the Contemporary World” and “Aristotle and the Region of the Americas”. Speakers included Dr. Spyridon Rangos; Professor of Philosophy at the University of Patra and visiting researcher at Princeton and Dr. Peter Simpson; Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Graduate Center, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
Professor Demosthenes Triantafillou, President of the Greek Teachers Association ‘Prometheus” announced the founding of the “Hellenic Academy of Philosophy and Sciences” in the Year of Aristotle, 2016, and a reception followed.
Dr. Rangos discussed Aristotle’s Ethics in Greek. Basically for Aristotle, moral virtue is the only practical road to effective action.
Dr. Simpson discussed “Aristotle’s Regime of the Americans” and during the lecture, Dr. Simpson expressed the view that “virtue is not what goes on in the American system. The American system is for the wealthy while the poor never get a chance and the virtuous ignored.”
The program consisted of the following:
Greetings: Dr. Thalia Chadzigiannoglou, Mrs. Maria Makedon, Mr. George Stamatiades
Cooperating Organizations: Pan Macedonian Union, New York City, Center of Macedonian Studies, International Foundation of Academic Studies (D.I.A.S), Society of Greek Writers of America, Dodecanesian Institute of America; Financial support, Dr. J. Kambolis, Mr. M. Servos, Mr. S. Mathews, Mrs. B. Triantafillou, Kontolios Family and others not listed in program who donated funds at program
Organizing Committee: M. Christodoulou, P. Mouzakis, M. Stratis, Dr. J. Nathenas, A. Fountas, Secretary General and Director of Technology Prof. A. Kolombos, Dr. J. Siolas, Dr. G. Melikokis, Mr. T. Kokkinos, Mr. S. Kakopierou, Dr. J. Antonopoulos, Mr. A. Gonidellis Mrs. D. Baltzis; Presenters President D. Triantafillou and Mrs. M. Kyriacou.