Archive for February, 2017

This year’s edition of ‘Street Delivery’ brought together artists and skilled artisans.  New Acropolis volunteers organized several workshops for all those interested, including the creation of textile dolls, handmade jewelry such as traditional bracelets, and painting of archaeological reproductions based on the works found in the world’s largest museums.

The ‘Rosetta Stone’ workshop offered the opportunity to manufacture reproductions of this famous stone which represented the decryption key to hieroglyphic writing.

Last, but not least, people interested in philosophy had the chance to discuss Timeless Values in order to help them redefine a healthy attitude towards work during an open discussion called ‘Youth and Work’.

 

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The Book Club that promotes and organizes the Seneca Library, presented the book entitled: “The Trail of the Dragon. Nature and Symbol in Alchemy, Mythology and Christianity” by its author Saulo Ruíz.

The Trail of the Dragon is a remarkable text about mysteries that have lain hidden for centuries, forgotten in their own obscurity due to the loss of the esoteric meaning behind them. Now a path to their understanding opens up before us, clarifying a very significant era in the history of thought, dispelling the mists of the origin and future of the cosmos, transforming our conception of the world and furthering the sublimation of the individual.

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New Acropolis Mumbai organized a debate entitled “Empowering real change”, in collaboration with the Indian Express newspaper. Speakers included the educator and environmental specialist Sonam Wangchuk, the philanthropist Tsarina Screwvala (Swades Foundation) and the philosopher Yaron Barzilay (Director of New Acropolis in India).

With over 150 attendees, the presenters at this ’round table’ emphasized the need for a sustainable change in society, beyond quick and immediate fixes, which are of little relevance and lead to uncertainty and despair. A collective investigation showed that the “Post-truth” world  (Word of the Year 2016, Oxford Dictionary), leads to individuals’ inability to dream and to aspire to a better world. It turns out that our challenges could be more possible to carry out, redefining how society provides education. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with the individual at the time of choosing to participate in the change.

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Within the framework World Philosophy Day, New Acropolis in Heraklion, organized a cultural evening entitled “Parallel Lives of Philosophers”, with presentations on the life and work of Plato, Confucius, Pythagoras and Buddha.

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New Acropolis carried out a fun and practical activity at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, which had as protagonist Plato and his teachings. Participants listened to texts by the philosopher and later shaped them in their own way according to what they had understood. This event was celebrated in honor of World Philosophy Day.

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In collaboration with the National Hellenic Museum, New Acropolis Chicago commemorated the 2400th Anniversary of the birth of Aristotle with a ’round table’ that discussed the topic of ‘Education to Happiness’, highlighting themes such as Virtue and Happiness in the teachings of Aristotle, and philosophy in our everyday lives.

Speakers were Prof. Anastasia Giannakidou from University of Chicago, Dr. Mark Jonas from Wheaton College, Dr. Gonzalo Obelliero, and Gilad Sommer representing New Acropolis.

         

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Sharing some moments of the great visit we made to the archaeological site of Castulo by its director, Marcelo Castro. There we were able to contemplate the portico of Trajan, the Mosaic of the Amores, Paleo-Christian construction, and the Punic tower.

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