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The Athens Dialogues - An International Conference on Culture and Civilization

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Today’s Responsibilities – Tomorrow’s Challenges

The Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University, the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Onassis Foundation presented The Athens Dialogues on December 8th, 2011, from 9.00 a.m to 14.00 p.m. at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (Casa Italiana). This one-day conference examined the issue “Today’s Responsibilities – Tomorrow’s Challenges” with the participation of important scientists and various audience.


9:00 am
Coffee, Highlights from the Athens Dialogues 2010

10:00 am-11:00 am
Democracy – Chair: Professor Mark Mazower, History, Columbia University
Discussion of the Crisis and what it means for the future of Democracy

Speakers: Professor Simon Critchley, Philosophy, New School for Social Research, Professor Andreas Kalyvas, Political Science, New School for Social Research,
Professor Nadia Urbinati, Political Science, Columbia University

11:00 am-12:00pm
Medical Humanities – Chair: Professor Stathis Gourgouris, Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Discussion of the relation of Medical Science and the Humanities

Speakers: Professor Philippe Bourgois, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Constantinos Drossatos, Medical School, Columbia University

12 pm-1:00 pm

1:00pm -2:00 pm
Drama – Chair: Professor Karen Van Dyck, Hellenic Studies, Columbia University
Discussion of Ancient Drama and its relevance today

Speakers: Professor Helene Foley, Classics, Barnard College, Professor Peter Meineck, Classics, NYU, Artistic Director of the Aquila Theater Group, Professor Gregory Nagy, Classics, Harvard

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