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Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) to sponsor honors course at NOVA

The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) will sponsor an honors course this spring at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus under the Foundation’s University Seminars Program. “How Greek Tragedy Speaks to the 21st Century” will be taught by Dr. Katerina Synodinou, professor of classics at the University of Ioannina in Greece, and Dr. Beverly Blois, dean of the Loudoun Campus Humanities Division.

Dr. Maria Sereti, Onassis Foundation director of university seminars, and Blois facilitated the Foundation’s first ever collaboration with an American community college. The University Seminars Program brings eminent scholars to colleges, universities and museums in North and South America for lectures, seminars and courses. Scholars typically address aspects of ancient and/or modern Greek history and culture.

Synodinou, an authority on ancient Greek tragedy, will be the Onassis Foundation scholar-in-residence at the Loudoun Campus. She has written and lectured extensively on the plays of Euripides, as well as such topics as the character of Elektra in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; the concept of slavery in Euripides; and barbarians and barbarism in Euripides.

During her residency at NOVA, Synodinou will hold faculty discussions and lead a workshop for drama students on ancient Greek tragedies in performance. Some of her presentations will be open to the community.

Enrollment in “How Greek Tragedy Speaks to the 21st Century” is open to all current NOVA honors students who have previously earned at least six honors credits at any campus. Students will meet at least once a week for discussions and other activities plus have an extensive reading list. The class begins Feb. 10. Interested students should contact Assistant Dean Stacy Rice at srice@nvcc.edu to register.

“We are thrilled the Onassis Foundation is making this wonderful experience possible for our students. The Foundation provides airfare, room and board, and a stipend for the visiting scholar and NOVA benefits from their generosity,” Blois said. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Synodinou to the Loudoun Campus.”

To learn more, contact Blois at bblois@nvcc.edu or 703-450-2503.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.