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Vienna: Birthplace of the Greek Press

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Monday, March 07, 2016

**Dr. Manolis Paraschos**, journalism historian at Emerson College, discusses the history of Vienna’s dynamic and wealthy Greek community of the 18th and 19th centuries and how this community saw it as its patriotic duty to keep the enslaved mainland Greeks educated. Despite opposition by the Ottoman government, Vienna soon became a publishing center for expatriate Greeks and attracted some of the biggest names of those who planned the 1821 Greek Revolution against Turkey. The first four Greek newspapers and two magazines were published in Vienna starting in 1790. The first newspaper in mainland Greece was started in Kalamata in 1821. Dr. Paraschos presents an authentic copy of one of these first Greek newspapers, as well as other original British and American newspapers of the time. **Rhea Lesage**, Librarian for Hellenic Studies and Coordinator for the Classics for Widener Library at Harvard University, introduces Dr. Paraschos. (Image: Helios newspaper, 1833 [Public domain], via [Wikimedia Commons](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helios_newspaper_27_June_1833_issue_no2_p1d_straight.jpg "Helios 1833"), image cropped)

Dr. Manolis (Emmanuel) Paraschos is a journalism historian and professor of journalism and mass communication at Emerson College. He has also taught comparative media law, mass media in modern society, multimedia journalism, international mass communication, global journalism, media ethics, propaganda and the press, news reporting and editing, opinion writing and student publication advising, and since 2010 he has researched and lectured on the earliest Greek communities in Boston.
Rhea Lesage is Librarian for Hellenic Studies and Coordinator for the Classics for Widener Library at Harvard University. She carries primary responsibility for building, promoting, and providing access to the library's Greek collections.