An interesting discussion organised by prominent organisations of the Greek diasporain the U.S. will take place on Thursday 28 March in Los Angeles. The discussion will revolve around recent U.S. developments, the role of young people in domestic and international political scene and ways of engagement in this process.
The title of the event is ‘Take the Reins: The Current State of US Politics and the Need for Civic Engagement and Public Service.’ The discussion is hosted under the auspices of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies and will take place at the 3rd floor of the McIntosh Center, University Hall 3900.
The honourary person to feature the discussion will be Mr. Michael Dukakis. Mr. Dukakis served twice as the 65th Governor of Massachusetts (1975-1979 and 1983-1991) and was a Democratic Party Presidential nominee in 1988 elections. The former U.S. Governor of Massachusetts will be introduced before the audience by the Greek Consul General in Los Angeles, Mrs. Evgenia Beniatoglou.
There are additional co-sponsors to the important event including among others the LMU Peace and Justice Program, the LMU Department of History, the Hellenic University Club, the American Hellenic Council, UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, the Greek Heritage Society and the Hellenic Library.
Biography of Michael Dukakis
Mr. Michael Dukakis has been since early age an important stakeholder in U.S. politics. The former Massachusetts Governor has been actively engaged into government reform and counter-corruption campaigns, and has supported youth involvement into politics. It is not coincidental that during his tenure the state experienced the so-called Massachusetts Miracle.
Further, Mr. Dukakis also participated in the founding of the Commonwealth Organization of Democrats (COD) during the 1960s and since then has been an avid proponent of human and civil rights. As a genuine democratic personality, Mr. Dukakis easily ascended into the higher echelons of the Democratic Party and reached until formal nomination for the presidential race of 1988. Mr. Dukakis lost to the Republican counterpart, Vice President George Herbert W. Bush, the eventual 41st President of the United States.