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Meetings with a View: Lou Ureneck



Award-winning author and professor of journalism Lou Ureneck speaks with journalist Margarita Pournara as part of the series "Asia Minor, the Baton of Memory"


The fifth guest in the series "Meetings with a View" is American author Lou Ureneck, who is visiting from Boston especially for this event.

In his book Smyrna, September 1922 (Greek edition by Psichogios Publications, 2019) Ureneck presents the story of an American Methodist minister named Asa Jennings, who found himself at Smyrna as the city was being destroyed.  Assisted by two naval officers, an American and a Greek, he managed to save thousands of lives. Jennings’ story, still unknown to most, came to light through Ureneck’s research. The author recounts the pastor’s story and describes the tragic days that eradicated a cosmopolitan city and those that followed the Great Fire. During the evening’s event, Ureneck, a gifted writer with a passion for archival research who is also professor of journalism at Boston University, will the discuss the humanitarian tragedy of 1922 with Margarita Pournara.

The discussion will take place in English without interpretation.

The event is organized with the support of the "Maria Tsakos" Foundation.

For older generations, Asia Minor was a lived experience, it was songs and flavors, places, habits, dialects, traditions and superstitions. And it was the richness of living with other peoples. For our generation it is the memory we hold in our hands, like a baton, that we pass on to younger generations. What do we keep from it? What do we leave behind? How does history reach us?

Six distinguished guests, each with a distinct point of view, discuss with journalist Margarita Pournara the narrative of Asia Minor. This special series of events has been organized by the Hellenic American Union from March to May 2022 on the 100th year anniversary of the disaster. The meetings take place on the glass-enclosed roof garden of the Hellenic American Union overlooking Athens with a limited audience due to the pandemic.

All meetings of the cycle will be broadcasted live at the Hellenic American Union’s YouTube channel and available for streaming at the Hellenic American Union’s webpage.

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