published 10.15.2015

World Citizens Media Alert

MEDIA ALERT: Onassis Symposium 2015: WORLD CITIZENS 

Featuring K. Anthony Appiah, Elizabeth Diller, Pico Iyer, Yorgos Loukos, Susan Meiselas and Orhan Pamuk and moderator Paul Holdengräber

Symposium to be broadcast on Livestream


New York, NY (October 13, 2015) – The Onassis Cultural Center NY presents World Citizens*, a contemporary conversation exploring the concept of cosmopolitanism as proposed by Greek philosopher Diogenes.  An internationally distinguished panel will discuss cultural understanding between people and nations and the long-lasting values that unite us.  Free and open to the public, World Citizens at the Onassis Cultural Center NY (645 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022) takes place Friday, October 23, at 7 PM.

“With a nod to the symposia of ancient Greece, this annual symposium will have a different host and theme, drawing inspiration from Greek philosophy and bringing the conversation to the present. This year’s theme on cosmopolitanism (“polites tou kosmou”/citizens of the world) invites us to think about our place in an increasingly complex world,” states Amalia Cosmetatou, executive and cultural director of the Onassis Foundation (USA).


The World Citizens participants include: K. Anthony Appiah, professor of Philosophy, Law, New York University; Elizabeth Diller, founding partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfrew; Pico Iyer, novelist and essayist; Yorgos Loukos, director, Lyon Opera Ballet, and President, Athens & Epidaurus Festival; Susan Meiselas, photographer, Magnum Photos; and Orhan Pamuk, Nobel-laureate writer. 


The conversation will be moderated by Paul Holdengräber, director, LIVE from the NYPL who queries, "How has the concept of cosmopolitanism changed since Diogenes boldly proclaimed in the 4th Century BC, "I am not an Athenian, or a Greek, but a citizen of the world?" What are the new and numerous challenges of world citizenship in this age of global trade, wireless, tireless and for some tiresome connectivity? In a far ranging conversation, I look forward to unpacking these and other questions with a stellar group of assembled guests."


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Founded in 2000, the Onassis Cultural Center NY explores Hellenic culture, from antiquity to today, through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, events and online engagement. Located in midtown Manhattan, in Olympic Tower, the newly renovated creative space offers experiences that inspire and support the interaction between audiences and artists and thinkers in all cultural fields from visual arts, dance, film, literature, music and theater to the humanities.  Programs and exhibitions—from scholarly to those designed for families and novices —are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all.




The Onassis Foundation (USA) is committed to the promotion of Hellenic culture.  By cooperating with educational and cultural institutions in Greece and throughout the Americas, the Onassis Foundation (USA) promotes cultural relations.  The mission of the Onassis Foundation (USA) is realized through two major initiatives: the Onassis Cultural Center New York (OCCNY) presents art and archaeological exhibitions and a season of major cultural and artistic events focused primarily on the humanities and science.  The academic program, the University Seminar Program, places eminent scholars from all over the world in universities in North and Latin America for lectures and seminars on topics related to Hellenic civilization.



For more information, please contact:


Bruce Mason





Maria Galanou

917-732-7167 direct

212-486-4448 x113



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