Social Program

The social program of the Conference includes a welcome reception, a Conference dinner and a guided tour.

The Welcome Reception will be held on Friday evening, September 23rd at the French Institute of Athens. No special ticket is required.

The Conference Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, September 24th at the Titania Hotel, a 5-minute walk from the Conference Venues, at the Restaurant Olive Garden-Mediterranean Cuisine located at the Roof Garden of the hotel. To attend the Conference dinner, delegates need to purchase a ticket.

On Sunday, September 25th , 12:00 - 13:45, the Conference Organizing Committee has scheduled a Walk around Athens.  Delegates interested in participating should meet outside the main entrance of Hellenic American College with the guide, Dr. Kountouri at 12:00.

 

More on the Walk around Athens

Plaka, from MonastriakiThe Walk, specially designed for the participants of the Europe in discourse 2016 Conference, highlights the multifaceted cultural identity of the Plaka district, the historic heart of Athens. The Walk will take us by:

  • The temple of Zeus Olympian
  • The Arch of Hadrian
  • The Choragic monument of Lysicrates
  • The Byzantine temple of St. Catherine Sinai
  • An introduction to the history of Plaka
  • Kydathineon Street > Filomousos Square, Cine Paris, the Byzantine temple of Sotira Kottaki and the two neoclassical houses of Tsatsos and Papalexopoulou
  • Adrianou (Hadrian’s) Street > The Benizeli Mansion (if open at the time of the visit), the 74th Primary School of Athens (one of the oldest in Greece) and the Library of Hadrian.

 

We begin the walk with a journey through time to the glory of Emperor Hadrian’s Athens to the Choragic monument of Lysicrates, once part of a Capuchin Monastery. A few steps away lies the Byzantine temple of St. Catherine Sinai.
Plaka also hosts one of Athens’ most well-known streets, Kydathineon (meaning the glory—κύδος—of the Athenians), where we’ll get a glimpse of a 1920’s open-air cinema, stroll through a picturesque 19th-century square, a refurbished Byzantine temple and two major neo-Classical houses.

Walking down Adrianou (Hadrian’s) Street, we’ll experience the vivid and harmonious co-existence of commerce and tradition: both trademarks of Plaka. En route to our final destination, Hadrian’s Library at Monastiraki, we will make brief stops at the Benizeli Mansion, the oldest residence in Athens, and a neo-Classical school, one of the oldest in Athens.

 

About Your Guide, Dr. Kalliopi Kountouri

Kalliopi Kountouri, an adjunct faculty member at Hellenic American University, holds a BA in Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Athens, an M. Phil. in History of Art from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in History of Art from the University of the Aegean.

Dr. Koundouri has served as special scientific associate, curator and coordinator of events at the Museum of Modern Greek Art of the Municipality of Rhodes and member of the Board of the Prefectural Committee for Culture and Education. Ms. Koundouri was also the editor/ co-editor of two art magazines, artzine and The Look. She has taught Greek language, literature, art, history and philosophy to secondary school students, adults and foreign university students. She has designed and led cultural paths and heritage walks for all ages.

 

Practical Details

Date & time September 25th, 12:00 - 13:45
Meeting place    Entrance to Hellenic American College, Massalias 22, 12:00
Cost Free of charge
Sign-up Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of the Conference with a subject line: Walk around Athens. Or let the staff at the Information Desk at Massalias 22 know that you’d like to take part

 

 Photo credit: View of Plaka from Monastiraki Square, by Petros Romaios.