|Senator Paul Sarbanes at Stockton|
On Sunday, October 7, 2007, the Friends of Hellenic Studies of Richard Stockton College celebrated the Greek-American immigration story. The Honorable Paul Sarbanes (retired Senator from Maryland 1977-2007 Democrat) is the Keynote Speaker. Senator Sarbanes with the Friends of Hellenic Studies presented the film “The Journey: The Greek American Dream” which was shown in the PAC. Senator Sarbanes iwas featured in the film and spoke about the immigrant experiences of his family and of his life as a Greek-American in public service.
Paul S. Sarbanes was born on Maryland's Eastern Shore to Greek immigrants. His parents, Spyros P. Sarbanes and Matina Tsigounis, were immigrants from Laconia, Greece and owned a Salisbury, MD restaurant. Educated at Princeton University, Oxford University and Harvard Law School, the former United States Senator served from 1977 until 2007, the longest-serving senator in Maryland history. He was the Ranking Member of the of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senior Member of the Foreign Relations Committee. Known most recently for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, he called for the reform of accounting and reporting practices in response to major corporate scandals. His support for Greek and Cypriot issues and Greek-American affairs has been longstanding and is marked by his receiving The Leadership 100 Award for Excellence from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
The film that features Senator Sarbanes, “The Journey: The Greek American Dream,” was directed and produced by Maria Iliou of Proteas, a non-profit archive preservation organization. This is the first showing of the film in any College or University in the United States. Previously the film has only been shown at the Benaki Museum in Greece and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Maria Iliou along with Prof. Alexander Kitroeff, a historian from Haverford College, narrates “The Journey: The Greek American Dream” which tells the story of the Greek immigration to America from 1890 to 1980. Interviews with prominent Greek Americans including Senator Paul Sarbanes, writers George Pelecanos and Elias Kulkundis, poet Olga Broumas, film critic/historian Dan Georgakas, Ellis Island Archivist George Tselos, Hellenic Studies professors Martha Klironomos and Artemis Leontis, and Father Bob Stephanopoulos complement the photographic and filmic archival footage.