The Fulbright Foundation in Greece – the oldest branch of the esteemed educational institution in Europe – will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2008. The foundation’s contribution to Greek academic life over the years has been pivotal, as it helped send bright Greek students, teachers, scientists and artists to the United States, while also inviting American researchers to Greece to study in specialized fields of interest here. In celebration of its birthday, the Fulbright Foundation in Greece has launched an initiative titled «Great Ideas,» which is a series promoting educational and cultural ties between Greece and the USA by inviting noted American experts and artists to give lectures and lead discussions on issues of mutual interest. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the series’s major sponsors, while «Great Ideas» is organized with the support of the US Embassy in Athens and the US Consulate in Thessaloniki. The first American expert to visit Greece is acclaimed biomedical ethics Professor Dr Ruth Faden, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, who will speak to public and student audiences in Athens and Thessaloniki on the topics of human enhancement and pandemics. Faden will be at Thessaloniki’s Raphael Hall at Anatolia College today at 6.30 p.m. to discuss «The Moral Challenges Posed by Pandemics,» in which she will address the various dimensions of pandemics and the medical and economic burdens they bring, particularly to the less advantaged. In Athens, Faden will appear on Wednesday at the Eugenides Foundation, to lead a discussion on «Better, Healthier, More Beautiful: The Ethics of Biomedical Human Enhancement.» Other speakers expected to participate in the «Great Ideas» series are Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Dr Richard Levin, the president of Yale University.