Villanova: Sport, Culture, and Ethics

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Matthew J. Ryan Center: “Sport, Culture, and Ethics: The Mirror of Greek Athletics”


The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting fellow Michael Poliakoff for a lecture on “Sport, Culture, and Ethics: The Mirror of Greek Athletics.” Dr. Poliakoff is a leading authority on classical civilization and has published on the function of competition and violent games in ancient society, the significance of combat sport in myth and literature, and the cultic functions of the ancient combat sports.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 • 4:30 PM
Driscoll Hall, Room 134 • Villanova University

Free and open to the public

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Michael Poliakoff is the President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and research at the University of Colorado and in senior roles at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council on Teacher Quality, the American Academy for Liberal Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Dr. Poliakoff also taught at several colleges and is the author of numerous books and journal articles in classical studies and education policy. He is a recipient of the American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Distinguished Service to Education Award.

Dr. Poliakoff is a JMC fellow.

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The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Central concerns of the Center include the inalienable rights of all humanity, the principles of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism, the nature and preservation of free political institutions, and the application of principles of the American founding and Constitution to contemporary issues.

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