Jan. 13, 2009
Heather Reid, professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, will argue that the ideals of the ancient Olympic Games are as relevant as ever to the modern-day Olympics when she presents a paper at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the UPS Auditorium in Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Reid will be talking about a paper she wrote with a colleague that was published in Chinese and in English in the “Olympic Studies Reader,” a noncommercial book developed by an international coalition of Olympic studies scholars.
“The paper argues that the ancient Hellenic ideals are more relevant than ever in this age of globalization because they derive from a place between Africa, Asia and Europe, and directly address the challenges of multiculturalism,” Reid said.
Reid has been at Morningside since 1996. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has received international recognition for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games and has served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. Reid is author of “The Philosophical Athlete” and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on ancient Greek philosophy, sport philosophy and Olympic studies.