CULTURE

A symposium, a round table and a reunion of alumni

“Material Culture in the Medieval Mediterranean» is the subject of a day-long symposium, organized by the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA), beginning at 9.30 a.m. today in Cotsen Hall on Anapiron Polemou Street. Stephen Tracy, director of the ASCSA, will greet the audience, while Maria Georgopoulou of the Gennadius Library will introduce the six speakers, who include Vasso Penna on «Economy and Society in the Aegean» and Guy Sanders on «Byzantium: The View from the Past.» Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the official dinner by the Ninth Round Table with the Government of Greece seminar on the subject «Envisaging a Stronger Europe through its Leaders,» and organized by the Economist at the Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel, at 8.15 p.m. this coming Tuesday. The invitation is signed by Dr Daniel Franklin, the editorial director of the Economist Intelligence Unit as well as conference chairman, and Ms Nektaria Passarivakis, the managing director of Hazlis and Rivas Co Ltd, officially representing the Economist Conferences for Greece and Cyprus. Finally, the Harvard Club of Greece continues with its long tradition of inviting distinguished alumni to a reunion. On Tuesday at 8.30 p.m., at the Grand Balcon of the St George Lycabettus Hotel, Manuel Stefanakis, a fellow Harvard alumnus, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the new president of the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, will speak on «The Challenge of Sustainable Development: What’s Next in Greek Agriculture?»