Archive for the “World Philosophy Day” Category

Lecture entitled “Philosophy helps us get through the crisis: Lessons and examples from the Stoics”, organized by New Acropolis Maribor at the ‘Vetrinjski Dvor’ public lecture hall on World Philosophy Day. The activity was attended by a large audience in addition to being recorded by Agora radio for the Slovenian minority in Austria. Each visitor received a small gift, a bookmark with a phrase of the Stoics.

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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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Brazil celebrated World Philosophy Day 2016 with the title: ‘Fraternal coexistence: How to make this happen in a world in conflict?’
Around 3000 people took part in a programme of events which included lectures, debates, round tables, artistic performances (music, theater, poetry), etc.
The Photography Competition ‘The Look of the Thinker: Photographing Ideas’, a project for the public in general, was also presented.
The event received the support of 52 institutions, including UNESCO itself and companies like INFRAERO, INFRAMERICA, several newspapers and TV stations. The tribute had excellent press coverage.

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Citizens of all ages who were walking along the Paseo de Almería had an active participation in the improvised ‘Cinema Stand’ that New Acropolis set up in the street, on the occasion of the celebration of World Philosophy Day, with the theme ‘Philosophers go to the Movies!’.

It is said that cinema is probably the most influential art of the 20th century. Sometimes the expressive power of film joins forces with a philosophical message that impacts the human heart and awakens a vital reflection on reality, on the meaning of existence. Star Wars, Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, etc. are well-known movies and representative of the theme of this year. Passers-by, dressed up with costumes that they chose among our props, had a fun time improvising scenes from movies with photocall. Participants also had time for reflection, witnessing brief theatrical philosophical dialogues taking place between a teacher and students.

The event ended with a floral tribute at the foot of the statue of Almeria to the Educator in the Plaza Juan Cassinello.

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For a tenth consecutive year, New Acropolis Zagreb celebrated World Philosophy Day. On this occasion, a talk about Aristotle was an opportunity to highlight the importance of philosophy and its role for the modern man, since philosophy for Aristotle was not just a love for knowledge in its theoretical function, but a practical activity in the fulfillment of the aspiration towards the best life for the human being.

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