AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE IN ATHENS (DEREE) HONOURS THEODORAKIS
Νoted Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, - as well as former New York University president and former US congressman John Brademas and Andrew Athens, former president of World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and the founder of the Hellenicare charity organisation -, were bestowed honorary doctorates by the American College of Greece in Athens (Deree).
Theodorakis, who was not able to attend the ceremony due to health reasons, expressed appreciation, in a message read out during the event, for the award, underlining also the contribution of the American people to the outcome of the two World Wars in Europe.
“U.S.A’s leading role in all sectors of life is due mainly to industriousness and orderliness, to bold and free decision making processes, in one word to the American quality of thought and action which made that country so powerful and with such influence on a global scale, so as — and in accordance with the theory of Harmony and Chaos — to have the power to impose, with the turn of a switch, on all peoples either Harmony, which is Paradise, or the Chaos, which is Hell. That is why its responsibilty towards world history is immense,” Theodorakis added in his message.
“I am aware that frequently my critical stance vis – a – vis this country is considered by some as ‘anti-Americanism’. However, the contrary holds true: my admiration is so great that I protest every time some people act in a blatantly anti-American manner in the name of America,” the composer said.
Please read the complete message of Mikis Theodorakis