European Alumnae Symposium Program

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Preliminary Program
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The Symposium will be based in Athens, at the majestic Royal Olympic Hotel. The Symposium will open on Friday evening with an engaging conversation, followed by a celebratory gala dinner at the restaurant that offers a unique view of some of the most known monuments in Athens. The Symposium will include a day trip on Saturday to discover “Fougaro,” a historic industrial space located in the Peloponnese, which has been transformed into a vibrant and highly prestigious cultural center by alumna Florica Kyriacopoulos ’76. This is where the panels and talks will take place. We will then head to the award-winning Semeli winery for a wine tasting experience and a light dinner. Our day will end with a bus ride back to Athens. On Sunday morning, our events including a panel discussion will take place at the Royal Olympic.

Our program aims to examine the Symposium theme “Changing Minds and Lives” from various perspectives.  The final program with exact times and confirmed speakers will be listed here closer to the event.

Friday, October 4, 2019
Location: Royal Olympic Hotel

9:30 a.m. | Registration opens, Royal Olympic Hotel

Click here to view the optional tours that will be offered throughout the day.

5:00 p.m. | Welcome, Panorama Hall, The Royal Olympic Hotel

  • Reception
  • Welcome remarks
  • A conversation with President Sonya Stephens and President of the Alumnae Association Maria Mossaides ’73

7:30 p.m. | Gala dinner, Ioannis Restaurant, The Royal Olympic Hotel
European Council awards and recognition of recent recipients of Alumnae Association awards.

Royal Olympic Hotel
The rooftop garden of the Royal Olympic Hotel.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Daytrip to Fougaro and Semeli winery

8:15 a.m. | Gather for the buses from Athens to Fougaro

10:30 a.m. | Welcome and refreshments

11:30 a.m. | Discussion: Is the World Changing?

12:15 p.m | Discussion on refugees and migration
This panel provides an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the refugee challenge which remains an issue affecting Greece, Turkey and the whole Mediterranean.

1:30–1:45 p.m. | Group photo

1:45–3:15 p.m. | Buffet lunch

3:15 | Discussion on the environment
This panel provides an opportunity to engage in a discussion on climate change and environmental degradation that affects us all.

4:45 p.m. | Buses from Fougaro to Semeli Winery

6 p.m. | Introduction to Semeli wines

7 p.m. | Wine tasting and light dinner

Evening | Buses return to Athens

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Location: Royal Olympic Hotel 

9–10:15 a.m. | Learning. Leading Self. Enduring Values.
A Pechahucha on personal change.

10:15–10:45 a.m. | Coffee break

10:45 a.m. | Leading Self, Leading Change
This session will offer a deepening of the inquiry on our learning experience as we face change. Moderated by the panelists of the first morning session.

11:15 p.m.: Recognition, Thanks, Announcement of the location of the next European Symposium

12:00 p.m.: Symposium closes