Archive for December, 2013

1A(big)A Philosophical Cafe took place at the central headquarters in Montevideo, Uruguay, entitled “Science and Parapsychology”. We had a large number of very interested and participative public that shared its views openly, sparking debate on the issue raised.
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A retrospective evaluation has been made by New Acropolis on the work done in support of the Archaeological Site of Cástulo which ended last Saturday the 26th with a tour of the excavations with its Director Marcelo Castro, who showed us the findings discovered throughout this year.

New Acropolis participated with 33 volunteers, a total of 377 hours of service in 14 days. Assistance in the excavating was provided as well as different tasks of extraction, screening and cleaning of materials; it was also possible to work at the Linares Archaeological Museum assisting in the classification and documentation of materials found during the excavation. This support has always been supervised and directed by the scientific team of the archaeological site. This volunteerism activity has been a very enriching experience for the participants and it is framed within one of the strategic lines of New Acropolis of helping us to know our historical-artistic heritage.

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We participated in the Book Fair held at Thessaloniki showing the books printed by NA Editorial of New Acropolis, a means of sending a philosophical message to all those willing to search.

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The Congress on “Platonic Education” took place in Madrid last November the 26th, coinciding with the celebration during 2013 of the 2400th anniversary of the founding of Plato’s Academy and of World Philosophy Day, sponsored by UNESCO. The event was organized by Club UNESCO for Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Universal Ethical Network with the collaboration of the International Organization New Acropolis in Spain and Victoria Cultural Space in Madrid.

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Several presentations were made during the Congress:

-The educational value of practical idealism, by María Dolores Fernández-Fígares, journalist, PhD in Anthropology and Coordinator of the International Organization New Acropolis in Spain.

-Education for the body and soul, by Antonio Alzina, MD, founder of the Spanish Society of Laser Therapy and Founder and International Director of the Seraphis Center for New Medicine.

The Concepts of the Universe and God in Platonic philosophy, by Pascual Casañ Muñoz, Doctor of Philosophy, Education Inspector for the Valencian Generalitat and responsible for Education at the UNESCO Heritage Club.

Paidea. Platonic Education, a model for the XXIst  century, by Miguel Angel Padilla, Philosopher, President of the Universal Ethical Network and UNESCO’s Vice President for Culture for Malaga Pro-Dialog.

A Round Table on the theme “Shortcomings in the educational system today. What kind of education do we want?” was also held, with the participation of:

–       Mª Fernanda Sánchez Bolaños, Doctor of Philosophy and Professor of Aesthetic and Theory of Arts at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

–       José Luis Abellán, Historian of Philosophy and Ideas, essayist and Doctor of Philosophy with a degree in Psychology.

–       María Dolores Fernández-Fígares, Journalist, PhD in Anthropology and Coordinator of the International Organization New Acropolis in Spain.

–       Pascual Casañ Muñoz, Doctor of Philosophy, Education Inspector for the Valencian Generalitat and responsible for Education at the UNESCO Heritage Club.

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On Sunday October the 20th eighteen members of New Acropolis and non-members participated in a Workshop “Once upon a line…” carried out in the Mumbai Branch of New Acropolis. The workshop was conducted by Mrs. Donneta Ditton Tripathi, Australian author of stories, which began with an interactive session of “fast writing” with the participation of all those attending the workshop, developing a story in this way by the whole group.

After a short coffee break, small tips about the art of expressive writing followed by a group editing session. Next the participants had the opportunity to structure their own story and finally they ended with a conclusion for the general story of the group. The experience was very helpful to the group, as it helped them to expand their imagination and overcome their inhibitions when expressing themselves in writing.

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The 30th New Acropolis Music Contest for schoolchildren had as a special guest of honor Mr. Ollanta Humala, President of Peru, who attended the award ceremony for the Hiram Binghan School Choir, where his young daughter Nayra participates.

With much excitement he congratulated New Acropolis and stressed the importance of this kind of work which reaffirms and strengthens Peruvian family values: “Congratulations to New Acropolis for bringing culture and promoting art mainly among children, for these past 30 years. This creates and reinforces values which is what Peruvian families need today. So, a strong hug for you New Acropolis”.

See the full message on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfa3AjZf5iw&feature=youtu.be

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New Acropolis’ Music Contest for schoolchildren is the most important musical educational work in Peru. It involves more than 25 thousand school children from ten cities each year. The objective of this important contest is to enrich the human formation of children and young people, the development of their feelings, skills and values through the practice of music.

In addition, it has promoted the development of more than 600 music workshops in the Peruvian schools and has benefited, along these 30 years, over 500 thousand schoolchildren.

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The children of the New Acropolis center in Belem participated in some unforgettable days in the Amazon Jungle putting into practice what was learned at the Survival and Camping Techniques workshops.  This was part of the philosophy program for children.  The activity had as its main objective to teach respect for Nature and not to fear it.
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