A GREEK CAFÉ & MILK BAR FORUM
Milk bar and café counters were meeting points between Greek-Australians and British-Australians.
“I’ll meet you at the Greeks” became a popular phrase in many Australia cities and country towns during most of the 20th century – the Greek-run café and milk bar offered a familiar meal, American milk shakes, sodas, ice creams and milk chocolates, amidst the dazzle and sparkle of architectural glamour also from the USA.
But behind the smiles, behind the counters, what was life like for the Greek proprietors and their families? Led by café researchers Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis, a panel of distinguished Greek-Australians who grew up in Greek cafés and milk bars, will attempt to reveal insights into this question.
The panellists are: Lex Marinos (actor/broadcaster/arts personality), Nick Pappas (lawyer/Rabbitohs Chairman) Adam J. Gerondis (food catering business owner), Anna Patty (Fairfax journalist), Chrissa Loukas (barrister/public defender) and Marina Efthimiou (food catering business owner).
Date: Wednesday 29 March
Start time: 6.30 pm
Venue: The Theatrette, Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Lecture and afternoon teas:
11 March 3.00 pm Niagara Café – 142 Sheridan Street, Gundagai
1 April 2.30 pm Paragon Café – 65 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
$20 Bookings: www.bit.ly/2kK3Egj
The future of the Greek language in Australian education
Greek language teaching seems to be going through a severe crisis at all levels of the Australian educational system and in all states. On the basis of the experience of the last twenty years, Professor Vrasidas Karalis coordinates a round-table discussion with all active university teachers of Modern Greek in NSW on the problems, perspectives and dangers facing Greek language teaching in Australia. Could Greek disappear as one of the official languages of the Australian curriculum? What should we do to stop the decline of Greek enrolments? Is there any way to rekindle the interest of young people in learning Greek? The academics of our state talk about their experiences and analyse the problems while at the same time they put forward solutions for the dissemination and promotion of Greek language as a language of cultural awareness and social cohesion.
Professor Vrasidas Karalis
Dr Anthony Dracopoulos
Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos
Dr Efrosini Deligianni
Date: Sunday 30 April
Start time: 3pm
Venue: Greek Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba St, Lakemba