A lecture on the New Acropolis Museum, entitled “The New Acropolis Museum: Architecture and Collections” was organized by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO), the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and SAE Canada Region at the Royal Museum of Ontario, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto.
Dr. Pantermalis, President and Curator of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, was the guest speaker of the event, which was part of HCCAO’s annual Distinguished Guest Speaker Series. His rhetorical skills and knowledge on ancient Greek history, as well as his experiences acquired through his daily contact with the Museum, fascinated the audience, who were mainly distinguished, non Greek, Canadian citizens coming from the fields of arts, literature and politics.
Dr. Pandermalis is a Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and has also served as President of the History and Archaeology Department and as Dean of the Philosophical School. He is also the supervisor of the Archaeological site of Dion, Pieria since 1973. From September 1996 to March 2000 Dr. Pandermalis served as a Member of the Greek Parliament. After leaving the Greek Parliament in May 2000, he was appointed President of the Organization for the Construction of the new Acropolis Museum, and oversaw the building project between 2003 and the official opening of the museum in June 2009. He now serves as the first President of the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Mr Pantermalis, gave another lecture on the same subject in the Greek Community of Torronto, whilst he participated in the events for the celebration of March 25th anniversary.
During his stay in Toronto, Mr. Pantermalis visited the Royal Ontario Museum, in Toronto and the Greek Community of Toronto, whereby he was given a tour and was informed on their aims and activities.
Lastly, Mr. Pantermalis had a meeting with SAE Canada Region Coordinator, Mr. Costas Menegakis, who informed him on the cultural and general activities of Hellenism in Canada, as well as the actuation of the Diaspora to bring back the Marbles of Parthenon.