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The MGSA's nineteenth international Symposium will be held in Chicago, Illinois from 3-5 November 2005.  In addition to offering a wide variety of papers on multiple aspects of contemporary Hellenic culture, literature, language, history, society, politics, economics and the arts, the Symposium's featured topics include Greece, Greeks, and Hellenism in the age of transnationalism  (borders, migrations and minorities); Greek-Ottoman history; new developments with respect to Cyprus; and an assessment of the MGSA and the field of Modern Greek Studies.

Symposium Highlights:

* Highly acclaimed author Olga Broumas will deliver Thursday night's Keynote Address.  She will be reading her own poetry as well as from her translations of modern Greek poetry.  The poetry reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

* The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, the nation's only museum of its kind, will present an exhibit that takes a historical look at the lives of Chicago's early Greek immigrants, their relations with other immigrant groups, and the community's close association with Jane Addams' famed Hull-House.

* Guided tours of the Classical Greek collection at the renowned Chicago Art Institute will be led by Dr. Jennifer Tobin, University of Illinois-Chicago.

* In collaboration with the Chicago Greek Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center and The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, Kyriakos Katzourakis' docu-drama, The Way to the West (O Dromos pros tin Dysi), will be screened.  Winner of the coveted FIPRESCI award, this innovative docu-drama documents the life of Irina, a woman from the former Soviet Union, who comes to Greece in search of a better life and falls victim to sex slave trafficking. Through a series of personal confessions, her story unfolds, implicating and critiquing the current immigrant and

refugee situation in a country that plays a strategic role in migration as a "waiting room" on "the way to the West."   Director Kyriakos Katzourakis will attend the screening and will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.  A reception will follow the event.

Symposium Logistics:

 This intellectually stimulating conference will be held in the Chicago Loop,the city's vibrant business and cultural center.  The Symposium will be located at the historic and elegant Palmer House Hilton, North America's longest continually operating hotel and famous for its lobby's Beaux Arts ceiling, which was recently restored by a Florentine artisan known for his work on the Sistine Chapel.  Centrally located and easily accessible by public transport from both of Chicago's airports, the Palmer House is within walking distance of the city's most popular attractions:  its world-renowned Art Institute, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts-Oriental Theatre, the Chicago Cultural Center, the critically acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center, the Lyric Opera, and Millennium Park with its Frank Gehry-designed bandshell.  In and around the Loop are some of Chicago's finest restaurants and blues clubs, and the city's world-famous Greektown is only a short walk away.

The Palmer House is easily reached by train, shuttle bus, or taxi from both of Chicago's  airports.  CTA (El) trains run from both airports to within a block of the hotel.  Take the Orange Line from Midway to the Adams station or the Blue Line from O'Hare to the Monroe station.  CTA fare is $US1.75 per trip.  More information on Chicago public transportation, including trains, is available at www.transitchicago.com.  Shuttle bus service from Midway and O'Hare airports to the Palmer House is provided by Continental Airport Express ($US18 one-way from Midway, $US23 one-way from O'Hare).  Shuttle reservations and more information are available at www.airportexpress.com   Taxi service is also available. Fares from O'Hare to downtown Chicago are approximately $US40 and from Midway to the Loop approximately $US30.

To make reservations at the Palmer House Hilton, located at 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603, participants should call 877-865-5321 or 312-726-7500 (or email palmerhouse_rooms@hilton.com) and request the reduced Modern Greek Studies Association room rate of $US159.00 plus tax (both single and double occupancy).  Those conference attendees wishing to share a room with others are encouraged to utilize the MGSA listserv (mgsa-l@uci.edu) in order to make connections with others wishing to do the same. Please bear in mind that the number of rooms available at the special conference rate will be limited, and we therefore strongly encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible.  In order to insure that the Association receives a discounted meeting room rate, a minimum number of guest rooms must be filled.  Therefore all conference participants are strongly encouraged to make hotel eservations at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Palmer House Hilton Hotel (877-865-5321 or 312-726-7500) palmerhouse_rooms@hilton.com

Pre-registration Information:

The pre-registration deadline for attendees of the Symposium is September 15, 2005.   Please send this form with your check or money order in US dollars, payable to the "Modern Greek Studies Association/MGSA Symposium," to Prof. S. Victor Papacosma, MGSA Executive Director, P.O. Box 622, Kent, OH 44240.

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Registration by September 15:

MGSA member:  $US70.00/Euros 55                         ______

Non- MGSA member (includes 1-year MGSA membership):  $US100.00/Euros 80         ______

Student:  $US30.00/Euros 24     ______   *Proof of student status required

With Spouse/Non-Academic Guest:  add $US30.00/ Euros 24 ______

Chicago Art Institute:

Tour of Classical Greek collection at the Art Institute of Chicago:*  $US10.00/Euros 8  ______  *This is a special discounted rate which entitles the ticket holder to take the tour as well as to view the museum's other permanent exhibitions.

Screening of The Way to the West:

General admission: $US9.00/Euros 7                              ______

Student admission:* $US7.00/Euros 6     ______ *Proof of student status required.

On-site registration:

MGSA member:  $US90/Euros 71                            ______

Non-MGSA member (includes 1-year MGSA membership):  $US120.00/Euros 95          ______

Student:  $US40.00/Euros 32     ______   *Proof of student status required

With Spouse/Non-Academic Guest:     add $US40.00/Euros 32       ______

Single Day Registration:

All:  $US25.00/Euros 20 ______