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NextGen Master Class leader Michael Dukakis

The Greek who won the New Hampshire Primary: Michael Dukakis on Clinton, Sanders, Trump, Rubio and more

28 years ago this month, he came from behind to win the New Hampshire primary, after finishing in third place in the Iowa caucuses behind the 1988 campaign’s early frontrunner, Rep. Dick Gephardt, and Senator Paul Simon. Next Generation Master Class leader Michael Dukakis knows first-hand what it’s like to go from being the underdog to winning in New Hampshire, and then being branded the primary season’s front-runner — and has three important lessons for any candidate who hopes to win what he calls “a marathon.”
Greek island rescuer

Greek islanders to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

In December, we published an appeal calling for the volunteers of Lesbos to be recognized as People of the Year. Now, a formal effort, led by academics from Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Oxford and elsewhere, will nominate the volunteers from the islands of Lesbos, Kos, Chíos, Samos, Rhodes and Leros for the Nobel Prize — and a petition supporting the nomination has been signed by nearly 350,000 people around the world.
The Archimedes Award

Call for Applications for the 2016 Archimedes Award

The Next Generation Initiative is now accepting applications for the 2016 Archimedes Award — a scholarship for outstanding Greek American students pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related fields. Established by Dr. Andrew Economos to encourage Greek American students to excel in STEM fields, the Archimedes Award recognizes graduating high school seniors of Hellenic heritage who are on track to be first-year university students, and who will be pursuing STEM studies at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States.
Leon Stavrou

What would you do with your career, if you had a magic wand?

He keeps asking the same question over and over again, but he never gets called out for being repetitive. “What would you do with your career, if I could give you a magic wand?,” asks Leon Stavrou, every time he meets a student with Greek heritage. Stavrou is neither a magic-wand distributor nor a wizard, but his mission is to plant the idea that every person with Greek heritage should get up every morning, and say: ‘I’m going to help somebody today — and one of those people I’m going to help is a kid with Greek heritage.”
Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis

The Greek behind “the coolest brand in America”

Adweek recently called Shinola “the coolest brand in America.” The Washington Post has called it an “innovative giant” in “understanding the consumer zeitgeist.” The New York Times scores a rare interview with the Greek behind the brand, Tom Kartsotis — along with a fascinating look at the company’s creative team, and a glimpse of their plans to grow Shinola’s made-in-America product line from watches and bikes, to turntables, headphones and eyewear.
On Christmas Eve, this mother and child were among the hundreds of refugees who arrived alive on Lesbos that day — two of the more than 400,000 refugees who were peacefully received by the islanders in 2015.

People of the Year: The Rescuers of Lesbos

Just before Christmas, the number of asylum seekers reaching Europe this year passed one million. Nearly half of them did so via the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos, whose residents — grandmothers, fishermen, students, many of them descendants of refugees themselves — have created a largely self-run humanitarian operation, part of a wider wave of compassion that has offered arriving refugees a far warmer welcome than the governments of the EU.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens… except in Greece

Star Wars: The Force… Does Not Awaken In Greece?

Millions have already booked tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when it opens today and tomorrow around the world — except for Greece. In fact, Greece is the only European country where fans won’t be able to feel the Force this week. Which has led one young Greek, Dimitris Kalogirou, to stand up to the dark side, and lead an online rebel alliance petitioning the film’s distributor to move up the release date.
Nikolitsa Katsoulias

That long Greek name? It could be an advantage

“When I first started applying for real world jobs in my early 20s,” writes Nikolitsas Katsoulias, “I feared that my long ethnic sounding/looking name would be a problem. All through high school and college, I struggled with teachers and peers alike blankly staring at me when they first encountered my first name (and don't even get me started on my last name).” After years of trying to blend in, she found that “different is better.” Today, even the longest Greek name might get a better reception than a short Anglo-style name like “Trump” for instance?

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