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Exploring Greek History

‘Symposium on Ancient Greece’ to be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University

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What: “A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses: A Symposium on Ancient Greece”

When: Oct. 3 - Nov. 7, 2012

Where: Booth Library and Other EIU Locations

Who: Free and open to the public

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Eastern Illinois University will present “A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses: A Symposium on Ancient Greece” from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7.

 A variety of programs are planned during the month, including lectures; film screenings; and theater, dance and music performances. For a complete schedule of symposium activities, visit the Booth Library website. All programs are free, and the public is invited.

 The symposium will begin with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the West Reading Room at Booth Library. The special guest will be Ioanna Efthymiadou, consul general of Greece in Chicago. Efthymiadou is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. as part of the opening program and will give another lecture at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 in Witters Conference Room 4440 at Booth Library.

 Efthymiadou joined the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992, serving in the prime minister’s diplomatic cabinet and in the Protocol Department in Athens, Greece. After serving at the Greek Embassy in Bonn, Germany; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Boston; she went back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, serving in various positions from 2004 to 2008. In 2008, she was appointed deputy chief of mission at the Greek Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. She was appointed consul general of Greece in Chicago, covering the Midwest, in April 2011.

 Following Efthymiadou’s visit to campus, the “Symposium on Ancient Greece” will continue with a variety of speakers from throughout the Eastern and Charleston community. Ancient Greek myths, food, technology, theology, society, business, geography, philosophy, sports, architecture and science are among the topics to be featured.

 In addition, two films, “The Dawn of Democracy” and “The Real Olympics,” will be shown, and Eastern students will explore Greek theater from a female perspective in “Daughters of Dionysus.” The symposium will close at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the McAfee North Gymnasium with a demonstration of ancient Greek sports and dance, and a musical performance by members of the Panther Marching Band.

 Throughout the month, related exhibits on ancient Greece will be on display in the North Lobby and Marvin Foyer of Booth Library.

 The monthlong symposium is presented by the School of Technology, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, and Booth Library, with sponsorship from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Sciences, and College of Education and Professional Studies. Producers of the series -- Wafeek Wahby, professor in the School of Technology; and Allen Lanham, dean of library services -- welcome all area residents to attend the various programs and activities.

 For more information on the symposium, visit the Booth Library website, call 217-581-6061, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

During the fall semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday.

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