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Carol Becker at the 23rd Kimon Friar Lecture

On Monday, June 11, the Upper Level Library was filled with students, faculty and staff who had the unique opportunity to attend the 23rd Kimon Friar Lecture delivered by Carol Becker, Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. Dr. Becker with her lecture “How We Think About Time: Proposals for a Future World” explored the perception of time and how people experience the world around them based on past occurrences, present circumstances and future expectations. This year, the Lecture was organized in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece as part of Fulbright’s 70 years of educational and cultural exchanges between Greece and the United States.

Deree’s Provost, Dr. Thimios Zacharopoulos, a 1994 Fullbright scholar, opened the event and gave the welcoming remarks. During his speech, Dr. Zacharopoulos, proudly mentioned that Kimon Friar had bequeathed part of his personal library and manuscripts to the College. The Provost later presented to the audience the Executive Director of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, Ms. Artemis Zenetou, who expressed her gratitude to the ACG and the Attica Foundation on making the 23rd Kimon Friar Lecture possible. The event continued with the introduction of Dr. Becker by a former student of hers, and visual artist Georgia Kotretsos.

“The perception of time itself is not a direct subject of history but it is a nonetheless essential to how we experience our world and also to how future civilizations will regard and record our contemporary culture,” expressed Dr. Becker during her lecture.

Speaking of the ability of art to transform time into forms that can be understood by our species, Dr. Becker said: “We come to understand our condition most clearly when artists, writers and thinkers elucidate it; making it more visible to us.”

Carol Becker also presented in detail the different aspects of time and explained that “Humans actually experience time in multiple ways simultaneously without always being aware of its complexity or the particular quality of each category of time; so it is important to ask what are the myriad ways in which we actually experience time and how do we understand these experiences and the way they affect our lives.”

Dean Becker also emphasized the necessity of art as an antidote to the maddening, accelerated pace of our daily lives. “Art has the potential to expand our psyches” she said; “It reminds us that although we are living in this accelerated time we also continue to live in a deep, slow, ancient time of our spiritual selves.” Finally, Carol Becker talked about the time we all hope that have in abundance, in order to live a rich, full life; a time that will be up eventually. “Perhaps we could call this time the never enough time”, she noted ending her compelling lecture; “the time of the long journey home to ourselves when we fulfill the dream of our lives and come to understand that, doing that, was all we were ever intended to do. And in fact for that there is always just enough time.”

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The Yalova Ecosystem Experience: A field trip to remember!

From May 14-18, Deree students had the unique opportunity to participate in the first ever-interdepartmental academic weeklong workshop and field trip jointly held at the ACG Aghia Paraskevi campus and the Yalova Lagoon in Messinia.

Environmental Studies student, Nikos Kotsiopoulos, says that “when I saw the title ‘The Yalova Ecosystem Experience’, I thought that it was misleading; in my mind I was expecting to apply the field work techniques that I have learned. Little did I know that the term ‘experience’ was entirely accurate; not only did I have the opportunity to practice these techniques but also to gain several, very strong experiences. All in all, this field trip was an experience that I will cherish for years to come and look forward to repeating it.”

This five-day workshop was an immersive and experiential learning experience aimed at enhancing education for sustainability. Biology, environmental science, sociology and management came together in order for the participants to holistically understand and appreciate what we call an ecosystem. Participants gained hands-on experience by engaging in lab and field activities while simultaneously enjoying every aspect of this opportunity.

President of the Environmental Studies Society, Pinelopi Savvidou, says that “it was a brand-new experience for me. I overcame myself and I tried new activities. I admired how all students got to cooperate and help each other in difficult times. Τhe support we received from our professors and the way they guided us through this novel field trip were incredible.”

The Yalova Ecosystem Experience was organized by the ACG Center of Excellence for Sustainability – Office of Public Affairs and the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), which is a synergy between the University of Stockholm, the Academy of Athens and Costa Navarino. The workshop and field trip were also organized in collaboration with the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Environmental Studies Major.

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Student Symposium 2018; students exhibiting their accomplishments

The 4th Annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium was concluded on Friday, June 8, with great success and an impressive number of participants and attendees. The 4-day event, that began on Tuesday, June 5, took place at various locations around the Deree campus, including the Student Lounge, AC Auditorium, ACG Gallery, 7th level Auditorium and Black Box Theater, and gave the opportunity to 258 students to showcase their research, creative and artistic work. Deree undergraduate and graduate students presented more than 190 projects that were single or collaboratively produced during the academic year of 2017-18. The projects included laboratory or other applied research findings, research papers and oral presentations, creative works, visual art installations, musical and drama presentations.

During the Annual Student Symposium students are free to share their work with a diverse audience of peers and enhance their resume through participation in a professional setting.

Most work exhibited is done by junior and senior students, and is the result of work usually accomplished in capstone courses, internships, laboratory and studio courses, or other courses that require a substantial project, thesis or performance.