Columbia Alumni Association hosts Athens trip

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Old temples and new: The Parthenon and contemporary galleries were among the many attractions visited by Columbia alumni on a three-day trip this spring. / Photo: Paul ZografakisMore than 100 Columbia alumni and friends gathered in Athens, Greece, in late April to visit historical sites, view art, and attend lectures and social events hosted by the Columbia Alumni Association. The trip also provided an opportunity for 14 regional alumni club leaders to meet.

Over the course of the three-day visit, the group was accompanied through the ancient city by Columbia faculty, who included School of the Arts dean Carol Becker, architect Pamela Jerome, and art historian and archaeologist Ioannis Mylonopoulos. The CAA organized a symposium featuring Becker, who considered the relationship between art and globalization; Mylonopoulos, who discussed Athenian art and architecture; and Panos Minogiannis ’97PH, ’01PH, director of an oncology center in Athens, who described health-care and fi nancial challenges facing Greece and Europe. Some alumni also attended a private event hosted by Daniel Speckhard, the U.S. ambassador to Greece, and received a behind-the-scenes tour of the New Acropolis Museum, which wasdesigned by former Columbia architecture dean Bernard Tschumi.

“The experience was something that our guests wouldn’t get on their own — things they probably wouldn’t know about, or wouldn’t be able to access,” says Ilene Markay-Hallack, executive director for University events and programs. “We knew we could develop a program that refl ected a true collaboration between many schools and brought many kinds of Columbia expertise to the experience.”

Regional alumni leaders came from across Europe, Photo: Paul Zografakisas well as from Egypt; they participated in a focus group on Columbia magazine, discussed possibilities for future events, and exchanged ideas about how to move their clubs forward.

To learn more about Columbia Alumni Association events and activities, visit alumni.columbia.edu.

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