vision and concentrated effort, the Mediterranean Society of
America was launched in 1968 by a small, but enthusiastic group
of citizens in Richmond, Virginia. Though the Society has been
led by individuals possessing a specialized knowledge of the Mediterranean
lands, its strength has always remained its lay membership. In
this respect, the organization is probably unique in its field.
The current Board of Directors consists of representatives of various
professions and areas of the business world, as well as a number
of secondary-school and university teachers.
Since its inception,
the Society has sponsored numerous summer seminars to various
countries of the Mediterranean. Lectures at regular meetings
and cultural presentations have attempted to bring the flavor
of the Mediterranean World to our side of the Atlantic. Trips
to museums and other places of interest in this country have
proved to be successful and rewarding. In addition, a periodic
Newsletter has conveyed the spirit of the Society to many homes
Now in the forty-fifth year of its existence, the Mediterranean Society is more vibrant and active than ever. The coming year promises a varied and attractive program which includes a seminar in Portugal and two short domestic excursions, a social event featuring Mediterranean cuisine, and lectures by visiting scholars who are experts on the Mediterranean area. All the functions of the Society are meant to further awareness of that region of the world which gave birth to our western culture. Click here to see the latest copy of The Mediterranean
Society of America Newsletter: March 2013.
Wade Edwards gave the first lecture of the year on "The Surprising Origins of the Modern Olympics."
At the reception after Edwards's lecture.
Edwards and Board member Carolyn Spencer.
Edwards and Board member Shirley Blackwell.
John Harris brought some of his student from St. Gertrude School.