How did the American Revolution influenced the Greek Revolution of 1821? What was the relation between scholar Adamantios Korais and Dounding Father and third President Thomas Jefferson? What is the explanation for Philellenism in the USA? These and other issues are contained in the yearlong campaign the US embassy in Greece launches to commemorate Greece’s 1821 War of Independence, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt announced in an interview with state broadcaster ERT on Thursday.
“US-Greek relations are the best they’ve been in modern history. Our friendship began during Greece’s war for independence and Greece’s 2021 bicentennial is an opportunity to celebrate this history and the values of liberty and democracy our peoples have defended for over 200 years,” he said.
The “USA & Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship” campaign is designed to support the efforts of the “Greece 2021” Committee by providing partnering with Greek and American civil society, educational and arts institutions, and funding several events. It seeks to showcase the ancient Greek ideals of democracy that were an inspiration at the founding of the country and also to highlight the role that American Philhellenes played in Greece’s struggle for independence.
Video: Ambassador Pyatt in ERT (English with Greek subtitles)
The rich program of events includes an entrepreneur mentorship, a science festival, an exhibition, two opera productions, and much more.
Program dates and details about specific programs will be available on the US Embassy website throughout the year at gr.usembassy.gov.