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Stanford Classics co-sponsors The Athens Dialogues conference


The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation is organizing The Athens Dialogues, a major international conference on November 24-27, 2010, on the occasion of the opening of the Onassis Cultural Center-Athens. The conference will explore the role of the Greek cultural legacy (broadly defined) in understanding and addressing contemporary global challenges.

Stanford University is co-sponsoring the Athens Dialogues conference in collaboration with other leading academic institutions including the Academy of Athens, the Accademia dei Lincei, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German Archaeological Institute, the Institut de France, Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, and Oxford University.  

This unique intellectual event will bring together 64 eminent scholars in the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences for four days of discussions that will range across the borders of academic disciplines and historical periods. Leading thinkers, academics, scientists and intellectuals from all over the world will gather aiming at opening new routes of thought on issues of universal and diachronic interest, such as Identity and Difference, Stories and Histories, Logos and Art, Democracy and Politeia, Science and Ethics, and Quality of Life.

In addition, the conference will involve the audience—some 800 scientists and scholars—in the discussions as active participants, while thousands of people attending the conference through web-casting will be able to address questions in real time. Finally, all the participants will be invited to take part in the Athens Dialogues Network, a restricted web portal dedicated to providing a locus for discussion and communication among academics and intellectuals on a range of issues concerning the evolution of Greek culture over the centuries and its role in today's society.

For more information, visit the conference website at http://www.athensdialogues.org/.