“Romioi, the Balkans and the Rigas Feraios Charta” on the 221 Year Anniversary of his Death

Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 6 P.M. at the 3 West Club (3 West 51 St.) for a unique and fascinating program on one of the Balkan’s most influential writers, political thinkers and revolutionary Enlightenment figures of the 18th Century- Rigas Feraios/ Velestinlis. The EMBCA event entitled “Romioi, the Balkans and the Rigas Feraios Charta” will be on the 221 Year Anniversary of his death (actual date June 24, 1798) and will be in Association with AHEPA District 6 and Delphi Chapter #25. It will be the 5th Canoutas Lecture in the AHEPA Canoutas Lecture Series. Rigas’ vision was for the Romoii (he didn’t use the word Hellenes in his writings) or Rum Millet (Hellenes, Arvanites, Albanians, Bulgarians, Romanians, Serbs, Vlahs, , etc.) to liberate themselves from the Ottomans and to form a nation starting South of the Danube (his “Charta”) and encompassing what is now the Balkans (in total) and the Hellenic Republic. Presenters will include :

Lou Katsos
EMBCA Founder/President & AHEPA Governor of Empire State (New York) District 6 on “Rigas Feraios’ Charta, and his Vision of a Pan Balkan Federation”

Stamatis Ghikas
EMBCA 1st Vice President & Former Executive Director of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce on “The Arvanites- Elena Ghika (Dora d”Istria)”

Alexander Billinis
Writer, Author, Byzantine Scholar on “The Balkans in Rigas’ Time: Commonalities in the Mosaic”


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