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 a.m. | Registration opens, Royal Olympic Hotel

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

5:30 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 other Alumnae Association awards will be announced.

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

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

8:30 a.m. | Bus from Athens to Fougaro

10:30 a.m. | Welcome and refreshments

11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Symposium theme overview
Changing Minds and Lives – An overview of how the world is changing

12:15–1:30 p.m | Discussion on refugees and migration
This panel provides an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the refugee challenge to which Greece, in the midst of a financial crisis, responded. The challenge remains in Greece, while it also becomes an important discussion across the world.

1:30–3 p.m. | Buffet lunch

3–4:15 p.m. | Discussion on the environment
This panel provides an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the environmental changes that affect us all through the perspective of developments taking place in Greece and Europe.

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

10 p.m. | Buses return to Athens

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Location: Royal Olympic Hotel 

7:30 a.m. | Early morning yoga with Erica Lutes ’02 (optional and TBC)

9–10:30 a.m. | Discussion on change that affects the individual
This panel provides an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the changes that affect us personally. We will reflect on changes in society and how we as individuals respond to them.

10:30–11 a.m. | Coffee break

11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Closing remarks
                                  Announcement of the location of the next European Symposium