Outreach (since 2010)
I spoke to Chicago Tribune journalist John Kass on the phone shortly before he left for Greece. Shortly after that, he wrote this article about Greece.
Promoting the 1st Champaign Greek film festival on March 2 & 3 involved quite a bit of community outreach. Among others, the press coverage for the festival included an Inside Illinois article on February 16, radio interviews on WILL AM 580 and on WPTO, TV features on UI7 and on the local evening news on March 3, as well as features in the217.com and the Chicago-based newspaper the Greek Star.
A feature about "Mare nostrum" was published in the new blog of the European Union Center.
On Friday, July 15, I was interviewed via skype for Greek satellite channel ERT WORLD's "Odysseia" weekly broadcast (10-11pm GMT+2). In the studio was Greek Alternate Minister of Education Mrs Fofi Gennimata responsible for Greek language education abroad and the other participants in the program were Professor Roderick Beaton (King's College London) and Professor Richard Martin (Stanford University).
A few months ago I was interviewed by IBMCs' Chris Peters for their project '50 Nations of Hip Hop'. The interview has now been published at britishhiphop.co.uk
February 22 is World Thinking Day celebrated by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. One of the focus countries this year is Cyprus, along with Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and Yemen. So I'll be talking about it between 6:00-7:30pm at the Faith UMC Worship and Life Building, 1719 S. Prospect in Champaign.
"Mare nostrum" was featured in the December issue of LAS online, the online newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
I was recently invited to talk about The Languages of Global Hip Hop at WBL's annual international hip hop teach-in in Washington DC. Words, Beats, and Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to to transforming individual lives and communities through hip-hop. The panel I'll be taking part in is "Let the Rhythm Hit'Em: More than a Movement" and it's scheduled for Saturday, November 20, 5.45-7pm.
September 22 saw the US release of The Languages of Global Hip Hop, a collection of thirteen essays to the study of languages used in hip hop communities across the globe (Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Norway, South Korea, and the US) that I edited. To celebrate, a discussion with five of the contributors was held at the Author's corner of the U of I bookstore on September 17, and the September 22 show of Mare Nostrum was dedicated to hip-hop from the Mediterranean.
February 21 is International Mother Language Day. To celebrate, the Bangladeshi Student Association put together an interactive 'wall of emotions', as well as an evening of song and dance, during which they invited me to talk about 'Mother Tongues'. You can read the piece here and a feature on the event here.