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Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7 PM
Weill Music Room, Carnegie Hall



Co-presented with Carnegie Hall

In collaboration with the Axion Estin Foundation


Sunday, February 15, 2015
The Morgan Library & Museum

“Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea” by Dr. David Konstan
Professor of Classics at New York University

About the Book: Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea What does it mean to say something is beautiful? On the one hand, beauty is associated with erotic attraction; on the other, it is the primary category in aesthetics, and it is widely supposed that the proper response to a work of art is one of objective contemplation. At its core, then, beauty is a contested concept, and both sides feel comfortable appealing to the authority of Plato, and via him, to the ancient Greeks generally. So, who is right-if either? Beauty offers an elegant investigation of ancient Greek notions of beauty and, in the process, sheds light on how we ought to appreciate the artistic achievements of the classical world.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
New York Public Library

The Power of Reverence

In Search of a Forgotten Virtue


Barry Keenan, History, Denison University, Reverence in Confucian thinking
Betty Sue Flowers,
English, University of Texas at Austin, Destiny: Expanding the Field of Reverence
Marina McCoy,
Philosophy, Boston College, The Ethics of Vulnerability
Paul Woodruff,
Ethics and American Society, University of Texas at Austin, The Need for Reverent Leaders

Reverence is the virtue that reminds us of our vulnerability as human beings. It is interwoven with wisdom and compassion. Ancient Greece and China sought reverence in their leaders, because it was the only available shield against hubris, and hubris, both in mythology but also in modern-day politics, can only lead to disaster. Reverence is crucial in the context of leadership because its presence, or lack thereof, can affect the destiny of entire nations. Leaders, says Paul Woodruff, are responsible for the compassion of the groups that follow them. Reverence is a virtue we need, but one that we are at risk of forgetting completely.

A conversation on the occasion of the publication of the second edition of Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue by Paul Woodruff (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 7 PM
Venues in Latin America

In celebration of the Greek Presidency of the European Union
In cooperation with the Embassies of Greece in Mexico, Brazil, and Chile
With the kind support of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico),  the Biblioteca Vasconsuelos (Mexico), the Casa Thomas Jefferson (Brazil), and the Teatro Municipal de las Contes (Chile).

The University Seminars Program of the Onassis Foundation (USA) presents:

Greece in Poetry and Music

Alexandra Gravas, mezzo-soprano
Despina Apostolou-Holscher, piano
Presenting the works of famous Greek poets including: Odysseas Elytis, Yorgos Seferis and Constantine Cavafy, with music by internationally renowned composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Dimitris Papadimitriou and others.

Excerpts from the following Recitals:
April 2: Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico at 7 PM
April 4: Biblioteca Vasconsuelos,  Mexico City, Mexico at 6:30 PM
April 7: Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brazilia, Brazil at 8 PM
April 9: Teatro Municipal de las Contes, Santiago, Chile at 8 PM


Saturday, March 15, 2014, 5:30 PM
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)

On Truth (and Lies) in Feminism

Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the 2012 Atlantic cover story “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” joined philosopher Simon Critchley to discuss the complex and evolving nature of women’s role in society. Using Ibsen’s protagonist in A Doll’s House as a jumping-off point, Slaughter and Critchley explored the longstanding debate harkening back to Plato’s Republic and the discussion of female equality, family, and the balance of public and private life in Slaughter’s article.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Rubin Museum of Art

Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris: A Cultural History of Euripides’ Black Sea Tragedy
The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
About the Book:
Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris: A Cultural History of Euripides’ Black Sea Tragedy
The heroine of Euripides

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