Sunday, 3 February 2008

Famous Greeks, Famous Americans

The American Corner at the Hellenic-American Union (HAU) sponsored an essay-writing contest in October 2007, including students from Athens, Patras, Serres, Halkida and from all around Greece.

Students were asked to select one American and one Greek historical figure as the most important of all-time and then to write an essay explaining their choice. The contest was so popular that the deadline was extended, and on Saturday, February 2, the winner was selected and received a fully-loaded Microsoft Vista computer with a 20" screen.

The American Corners program is a joint initiative between the American Embassy's Information Resource Center and six libraries and private institutions, like the Hellenic American Union, around Greece.

The ACs provide information about the United States, English Language teaching materials, and a variety of movies, music, and other multimedia and internet tools to students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about U.S. life and culture.

There are American Corners at the HAU, in Nea Philadelphia, Corfu, Xanthi, Sparti, and Veria. Click here for more information (