25Sep15:00- 15:50Strategic and Rhetorical Framing of Facebook’s Role as a Public Entity15:00 - 15:50


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A presentation by
Katerina Diamantaki
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

When: Monday, September 25, 15:00–15:50

Where: Deree Faculty Lounge

Organized by: Faculty Research Seminars 2017-18 Series


Katerina Diamantaki is Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at the MA in Digital Communication and Social Media program at Deree, where she currently teaches the courses of Applied Communication Theory, Social Networks Behavior and Digital Media & Computer-Mediated Communication. Her scholarly expertise focuses primarily on New Media Studies from a socio-cultural perspective, but expands to other areas such as strategic communication, persuasion, audience research and memory/space studies. Dr. Diamantaki has participated in numerous research projects covering a wide range of topics, such as media representations, science communication, educational technologies, online political communication, locative media, the adaptive web, user experience, and the Internet of Things. She currently holds the position of Independent Expert in Community-building for the EU-Community project (7th Framework of the European Commission). Besides her academic career, Dr. Diamantaki also has extensive professional experience, having worked as a communications specialist for the European Parliament, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other social, political and scientific organizations.


Facebook is today one of the most popular social media network sites in the world, integrated into the daily lives of a growing number of people across borders, generations and social groups. Thirteen years after it was founded, Facebook has acquired what Durkheim called “facticity”, as we are increasingly reliant on having a FB account. Recently and in a landscape of surging nationalism, fragmented public spheres and polarization, Facebook, has been mobilizing a positive vision of globalization and strategically positing itself as a “social infrastructure” that is able to effect wide-reaching social change and bring about an inclusive and informed “Global Community”. At the same time, Facebook is faced with the challenge of balancing between its multiple roles: What is Facebook, really? A social network? A media company? A tech company? A utility? An institution? A new political actor? A social movement?

This study examines the emerging and often contradicting roles of Facebook as a public entity, by means of a critical discourse analysis of its key formal public texts, messages and discourses. Adopting a framing and critical rhetoric lens, it seeks to examine how these communication texts function pragmatically and constitutively to structure Facebook’s social and institutional power, and how they reflect the company’s struggle both with other powerful actors, and with a set of contested issues, such as misinformation, diversity, or privacy. In order to understand Facebook’s evolving role as one of the world’s most powerful public entities, we need to engage not only on the ways issues are framed, but also on the intertwining of these discursive practices with the communicator’s identity and the wider sociopolitical context in which they are enacted.

28Sep18:30Lecture series Chapters of History: "Harilaos Trikoupis"18:30

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On the occasion of publication of the book of Lydia Tricha

Thanos Veremis
Professor Emeritus, Athens University

When: Thursday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


9Oct19:00Eleftherios Venizelos Chair Lecture19:00


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The Memory of Home Across the Aegean
Greek and Turkish Reflections on Loss

Eleftherios Venizelos Chair Lecture
by Eleni Bastéa, PhD
Regents’ Professor of Architecture
Director of the International Studies Institute, University of New Mexico

When: Monday, October 9, 19:00

Where: John S. Bailey Library, Upper Level

Organized by: Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts

Eleni Bastéa (2017-2018)

Eleni Bastéa was born and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a BA in art history from Bryn Mawr College (US), and a Master’s of Architecture and a Ph.D. in architectural history, both from the University of California at Berkeley. At the University of New Mexico (US), where she has taught since 2001, she is Regents’ Professor of Architecture and director of the International Studies Institute. Bastéa’s books include The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth (Cambridge University Press, 1999), co-winner of the London Hellenic Prize and a finalist for the Runciman Prize, also published in Greek (Libro, 2008, author’s translation); Memory and Architecture (University of New Mexico Press, 2004); and Venice without Gondolas, a poetry collection (Finishing Line Press, 2013). The recipient of several grants and awards, she lectures internationally on memory and architecture, cities and literature, and on modern Greece & Turkey.

10Oct - 14All DayMind Body Spirit Fest 2017(All Day)

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When: Tuesday, October 10 – Saturday, October 14

Where: Deree – The American College of Greece,  Athens and Acropolis area/ Vrahakia

Organized by: The ACG Health & Wellness Center

An annual event aimed at promoting the wellness of the mind body and spirit.  This year’s topic is RELATIONSHIPS and is geared toward raising the awareness of the importance of healthy relationships with one’s self, with others, with nature and all life forms.