Eleftheria Bernidaki-Aldous

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Greek Member of Parliament to Discuss Attitudes Toward the Handicapped in Greece, U.S., Jan. 11

Contact: Kathy Thompson, WCL Public Relations, 202-274-4279; Cell Phone: 703-855-5556

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 6, 2004) - Dr. Eleftheria A. Bernidaki-Aldous, a member of the Hellenic Parliament, and author of Blindness in a Culture of Light: Especially the Case of “Oedipus at Colonus” of Sophocles, will discuss, “Attitudes Toward the Handicapped from Ancient Greece to Modern USA: Problems and Solutions.” The event will be held in Room 603 of American University’s Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 11,

Dr. Bernidaki-Aldous was elected parliamentarian nationwide to the Hellenic Parliament for Greece’s New Democracy Party in March 2004. She is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs, the Special Standing Committee on Equality and Human Rights, and she serves as Chair of the Special Standing Committee on Issues Concerning the Handicapped.

She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from Johns Hopkins University and was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship. She was also awarded a fellowship from the Alexandros S. Onassis Institute for Scholarship and Research, which was the basis for her book. She was honored with the Award of the Academy of Athens, the highest scientific institution in Greece, in 1997, and has authored articles on various topics of Greek literature and culture. Dr. Bernidaki-Aldous has taught at the American College of Greece, Deree; Creighton University in Nebraska; Oberlin College, Ohio; and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

Dr. Bernidaki-Aldous was born and raised in Crete. She has been blind since age three as the result of an accident. She is married and has three children, one of whom is an LL.M. candidate at American University Washington College of Law.

This event is free and open to the public. To arrange to attend or for other media assistance, contact Kathy Thompson, director of public relations, 202-274-4279; Cell Phone: 703-855-5556; or e-mail: kthomp@WCL.american.edu

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Contact: Kathy Thompson Date: 06/01/2005
Phone: (202) 274-4279 Release Type: Washington College of Law News

E-mail the Contact Person: kthomp@american.edu


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