Archive for February, 2011

St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs Campus will host several activities during the two-day 16th annual Forum/Conference of The American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture (AFGLC). The event runs Feb. 25-26 in Tampa and Tarpon Springs.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Greek Paideia Revisited: Ancient Remedies/Contemporary Ills.”

All activities on the first day (Friday, Feb. 25) will take place at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The program begins at 8 a.m. in the Manatee Room (MC 3705); Heinrich von Staden’s keynote lecture, “Experimentation in Ancient Medicine,” begins at 5:30 p.m. that same day in the TECO Room, Anchin Center.

Activities planned for the second day (Saturday, Feb. 26) will take place at SPC’s Tarpon Springs Campus. At 8 a.m., SPC faculty members will direct presentations on the relevance of Greek paideia, or education, and its application to modern multicultural society.

Presentations include:

9:15 a.m.: When Democracy Turns Deadly: Thucydides, Athens and the Peloponnesian Wars
9:40 a.m.: The Healing Elements of the Greek Modes as Prescribed by Pythagoras: Applications from Ancient Greece to Contemporary Medicine
10:05 a.m.: Socrates and the Socratic Method
The presentations will be followed by a reception at 4:45 p.m. in the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. The reception will feature art works by Dr. George Trimitsis and a piano recital by Gregorios Zamparas.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Gay Culverhouse, former president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and founder of the Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, Inc., will speak at SPC’s Keith Goree Applied Ethics Lecture Series on March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Seminole Campus.

Her topic is “Ethics, Integrity and the Dignity of the Athlete.” The event, sponsored by SPC’s Applied Ethics Institute, is free and open to the public.

Culverhouse, daughter of former Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse, has testified before Congress about her belief that former National Football League players who have been injured during their NFL careers need access to health care and disability benefits.

She founded the Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, Inc. (GCPOP), which travels the country helping retired NFL players access benefits to which they may be entitled.

“We are a separate entity from the NFL,” Culverhouse said. “We work together for the betterment of the retired player’s health, but we are a separate 501(c)(3) foundation.”

Culverhouse discussed the subject in the Dec. 1, 2010 issue of Florida Trend. She talked about former Bucs player Jerry Eckwood, who was brain-injured and now suffers from dementia.

“Now, he’s in a phenomenal living facility, with his own mini-kitchen,” she said. “He says the most exciting thing about it is he has a closet. He’s well taken care of. He’s clothed. He’s fed. He lives near a mall he can walk to, and he’s happy because it has a Cheesecake Factory. We gave him a life.”

Culverhouse’s new book, “Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis; From Pee Wee Football to the NFL,” will be published in the fall.

The Keith Goree Applied Ethics Lecture Series aims to provide thought-provoking presentations on ethics issues important to the SPC community. Keith Goree, Director of the Applied Ethics Institute, died in 2009.

The mission of the Applied Ethics Institute is to promote the teaching of ethics at all levels of education, in business, in the community at large and on the Internet. For more information about the institute or to schedule a speaker for your organization, visit the Applied Ethics Institute website. Information about the Players’ Outreach Program also is available online.

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