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6 July 2015 Start
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Greece Ancient Olympia


Sports, Society, and Culture: Exploring Excellence

July 6-9, 2015

The International Olympic Academy (IOA), in cooperation with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), is organizing the Fourth International Scholars’ Symposium on “Sports, Society and Culture” in Ancient Olympia.

As in the past years, the Symposium will host scholars from around the world and bring together more than a hundred students and professors from Greek and American Universities.


Building on some of the themes that were developed in the previous years, the specific topic of the 2015 Symposium is “Exploring Excellence.” Its purpose is to explore the notion of excellence as it was experienced in the ancient and the modern Olympic tradition and life.


Rather than placing emphasis on lectures, the Symposium will be based on innovative educational methods such as blended learning and student workshops. Students will have access to a set of core readings and presentation abstracts in advance of the Symposium to better prepare for it. Presentations will be short, and followed by workshops during which the students will have the opportunity to discuss the readings and reflect on the themes of the presentations in groups.


This year’s Symposium faculty will include Gregory Nagy (Harvard University and CHS), Ewen Bowie (University of Oxford), Ioannis Petropoulos (Democritus University of Thrace and CHS), Lucia Athanassaki, (University of Crete), Stamatia Dova (Hellenic College and CHS), Charles Stocking (University of Western Ontario and CHS), Janice Forsyth (University of Western Ontario), Paul Christesen, (Dartmouth College).

Departure will be from the Panathenaic Stadium on Monday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m.

For more information please visit the Symposium’s website and/or contact IOA Academic Programs Coordinator, Mr. Panagiotis Trikaliotis – email: [email protected] & phone: 210 6878810 and/or CHS Programs Assistant, Ms. Christina Lafi email: [email protected] & phone: 698 683 1763 (Monday-Friday: 9:30am to 2:30pm).