Episode 28 - Tony Kalogerakos is a lawyer at the Injury Lawyers of Illinois, and President of the Assyrian-American Bar Association which he helped co-found in 2017. His desire to work in the legal world came early on in life, and provided the perfect platform for him to give back and help the Assyrian community. He works to cultivate more Assyrian lawyers through the Assyrian-American Bar Association, to better represent the needs of the Assyrian community.
Episode 27 --Meet Noor Matti -- one of the founders of Shlama Foundation and a former Michigan resident, who in 2008, looking for purpose, direction, and happiness, left his life in the suburbs of Detroit and found it all in Ankawa, Iraq, where he currently resides.
Episode 26 - This week we hear from Tatiyana Shaba of Sydney, Australia. Tatiyana is a HUGE soccer fan, and amongst other things, is a presenter for COPA90, a media platform dedicated to celebrating soccer and its fans. We also discuss twitter as a means to connecting the Assyrian diaspora and much more! You can connect with Tatiyana at @tatiyanayitat.
Episode 25 - Simo Parpola, Professor Emeritus of Assyriology at the University of Helsinki. Dr. Parpola received his PhD in Assyriology from the University of Helsinki in 1971. The main focus of his research has been on the study of the Neo-Assyrian Empire in all its aspects, but he has contributed to a number of studies, including that of modern Assyrian identity. He also taught at the University of Chicago, and contributed to the university's Chicago Assyrian Dictionary project until its completion.
Dr. Parpola is internationally recognized as one of the foremost scholars on ancient Assyria, and has a long and impressive list of publications on various topics in Assyriology and Assyrian identity.