The advancement of systematic Hellenic Studies in America has been an
aspiration of long standing for the Hellenic-American Community, but the
progress made so far in materializing them has been generally rather slow
and meager. The Hellenic Link, which since its inception 25 years ago
vowed to commit its resources for a better definition and nurture of
Hellenic Paideia in the New World, shares in the general frustration that
has resulted from a lack of tangible progress.
It is interesting to note that the number of institutions of higher
education in the USA and Canada which are adopting new and broadened
programs of Greek Studies in their curricula has been increasing but few
of them have been able to reach beyond an embryonic stage of development.
The main reason for the slow growth is obvious: the lack of adequate
resources to provide for multifaceted Hellenic studies that would have a
wider appeal to the American Society and an appreciable redeeming value on
the local and national scene. The multicultural orientation, which is
prevalent in the American educational system today, can hardly be expected
to allow promotion of a single culture through public funds only.
Under the circumstances, it is all the more essential for all those who
value Hellenic Heritage to accept the challenge and grapple with the
preservation and competitive advancement of our language and cultural
heritage by our own boot straps, our own efforts, hard work and voluntary
The Hellenic Link, Inc. wishes to acquaint its members and friends with
the Herculean task required for sustaining Hellenic Education on a larger
scale than heretofore outside Greece and Cyprus, especially here in the
New World. This task is presently in the hands and minds of relatively few
dedicated workers, educators and school administrators. With their
cooperation, we intend to bring to the Community their voice, clear and to
the extent possible amplified, on the value and usefulness, problems and
accomplishments of Greek Study Programs. Let them teach us all about their
agony and ingenuity in their uphill effort to be pioneers in the realm of
Greek intellect and ethos and heeding their voice, let them lead us to
concrete deeds of support of their vital work that nourishes our national
soul and existence.
The Hellenic Link, Inc. is committed to offer its own support to the
local, regional and national efforts to foster and upgrade Hellenic
Paideia in America. In this report, we feature the Greek Studies at the
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Rev. Dr. Constantelos and Dr.
Kantzios , both on the Faculty of the College, are its authors. In the
future, we will report on Greek