“Hellenic/Philhellenic Women and Their Effect on the Hellenic Revolution” Panel Discussion

Join us for EMBCA's “Hellenic/Philhellenic Women and Their Effect on the Hellenic Revolution” Panel Discussion Webinar on Sunday, December 13 at 2 P.M. EST (11 A.M. PST, 9 P.M. Athens EEST). Our panel will be moderated by EMBCA’s EVP Marina A. Belessis Casoria. The distinguished panel will include Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney the Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, EMBCA’s President Lou Katsos, History Prof. Maureen Santelli at NVCC, and Maria Kaliambou Senior Lector at the Hellenic Studies Program at Yale University. The panel discussion is in Commemoration of the Anniversary of the "Dance of Zalongo" the mass suicide of the women of Souli and their children during the Souliote War on December 16, 1803 against Ali Pasha. Internationally known cross over classical soprano Anastasia Zannis will join us from Athens and sing A cappella a couple of songs including Oi Souliotises and The Battle Hymn of the Republic for this special occasion. The focus of the panel discussion will be on the brave and heroic Hellenic women of the revolution which included among many others Laskarina Bouboulina, Manto Mavrogenou, the Mesolongitises, the Maniatises as well as precursors such Moscho Tzavella and the Souliotises. In addition the discussion in this unique event will also incorporate the history of the philhellenic women of the various Greek Committees in America that supported the Revolution during the period and later cross generationally became active and effected the Abolitionist and Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States. As an example one of those cross generational women effected by the revolution was Julia Ward Howe who was an advocate for abolitionism (along with her husband Samuel Gridley Howe who fought in the Hellenic Revolution) and a social activist particularly for women’s suffrage. She later wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the 1870 pacifist Mother’s Day Proclamation.

This event and others we have had, and are being planned are part of EMBCA’s American Hellenic Revolution of 1821 Bicentennial Committee series of events focusing not only the Revolution but also importantly on the American, Diaspora and International aspects and influences of the Revolution for its upcoming 200 Year Anniversary.