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Nikolaos Mavridis - The MIT HSA

The MIT Hellenic Students Association

Since coming to MIT, I got involved with the MIT Hellenic Students Association, a recognized MIT Student Organisation. I have been serving in various positions of the 7-person executive commitee of the organisation since 2003. You can find out more about the association in this document (pdf) or by visiting its website. Apart from my regular duties, I have tried to expand the scope of the organisation by introducing more cultural events and lectures, as well as by instituting cooperations with other MIT and non-MIT organisations. A sampling of some events that I have introduced and whose prime organiser I was follows:

"Three Tongues of the Muse: A Poetic Banquet of French, Greek, and Persian Poetry", Lobdell Court, April 2006 [cooperation with MIT Club Francophone and MIT Persian Student Association] {note: this event was officially supported by the Greek Institute of Boston, and not the MIT HSA} (poster) (opening speech) (programme) (persian poetry booklet) (french poetry booklet) (greek poetry booklet)

"Journey to Ithaca", Greek Music Concert, MIT Kresge Auditorium, January 2006. (announcement) (poster)

"A concert of Greek Urban Songs", Greek Music Convert, MIT Little Kresge, December 2005. [cooperation with the Greek Institute] (announcement) (poster)

"Neoclassical Architecture of Athens", Lecture by Dr. Kienast, October 2005 [cooperation with the Onassis Foundation] (announcement) (poster)

"Constructing Ancient Greek Architecture", Seminar by Dr. Kienast, October 2005. [cooperation with the Onassis Foundation]

"Isocrates oration on Evagoras, King of Ancient Cyprus", May 2005.

"East Coast Hellenic Students Meeting", April 2005. [cooperation with the National HSA Federation]

"Before time could change them", An evening with the poetry of Constantine Cavafy, January 2005 (announcement) (poster)

"A concert of Contemporary Greek Songs", Greek Music Convert, MIT Little Kresge, December 2004. [cooperation with the Greek Institute] (poster) [material: introductory notes on greek music (pdf)]

"Hellenext foundation student meeting at MIT", Microfluids Lab, May 2006 (honorary speaker Dr. Hatsopoulos) {event not under the auspices of the MIT HSA}

One of main motivations behind my involvement in organising these events, was a two-fold realisation. First, that several ideas that are related to Hellenism, are not represented adequately or correctly in american universities, while they would be highly beneficial to humanity in the times that we live in. Second, that the hellenic community itself, will have immense benefits from getting to know and appreciate other civilisations in depth.

It is my deep-rooted belief the study of other cultures, and most importantly, meaningful human contact, reveals that we all have much more essentially in common than what is often portrayed by those who will benefit from what they call mutually exclusive unresolvable differences. And that what we have in common is not, and should not be, just Coca-Cola or MTV. And furthermore, that imposed homogenisation is not the only option: a harmonious mosaic of people, having adequate bonds among them but also eclectically retaining their traditions, can be both more beautiful and more effective.

As Saadi's poem which decorates the entrance of the United Nations states [M. Aryanpour translation]:

Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.

If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.

And among the members of the body of humanity, apart from the most fundamental and essential connection of feeling the pain of other parts, there exist many more connections. And those who can should try their best to keep this body healthy and in eternal youth, in harmony with nature.