1st International Democracy Camp, 6-12/7/19, Andros

We invite students from universities all over the world to spend one productive and memorable week in the beautiful Aegean island of Andros participating in the 1st International Democracy Camp. Our aim is to encourage young people, the leaders of tomorrow, to come together and participate in a series of hands-on workshops, seminars and outdoor activities geared towards enhancing their democratic ethos, namely their ability to operate successfully and socially beneficially in a multicultural context by treating each other in a respectful way and collectively shaping their learning and personal development.

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Check out the workshops offered with a right-to-choose option (that’s what democratic education is all about!):



Intercultural communication


Arts: photo shooting, video making, painting, creative writing, modern and traditional dance, martial arts

Creative thinking and decision making techniques

Collective and personal leadership skills  

Team building activities

Delegation skills

… and many more proposed and/or offered by the participants themselves (that is also what democratic education is about!)

For more info about the camp, please e-mail Irene Theodoropoulou (Qatar University, State of Qatar) and Valia Loutrianaki (University of Athens, Greece) at internationaldemocracycamp@gmail.com or join our Facebook page «International Democracy Camp» and post or send a message to us there before the 20th of February 2019. Seats are limited and students will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you in the spectacular island of Andros for a memorable and productive time!

Hosted by: MA Program “Rhetoric, Humanities and Education” (University of Athens), the Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Rhetoric in Education (www.rhetoricedu.com) and Andrion Club (www.andrionclub.gr)

More partnerships to be announced.

Confirmed workshop instructors:

Athanasios Nakas, Professor of Linguistics (University of Athens, Greece)

Gina Kalogirou, Professor of Teaching of Literature (University of Athens, Greece)

Dr Norman Sandridge, assistant Professor of Classics and Leadership (Howard University, Washington, DC)

Dr Irene Theodoropoulou, associate Professor of Sociolinguistics and Discourse analysis (Qatar University, State of Qatar)

Dr Elena Koltsaki, Attorney at law & accredited mediator (Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Evrydiki Iliaki, Certified Leadership Coach, “How Women Work” program (Elite Consulting LLC)

Valia Loutrianaki, Phd cand. (University of Athens, Greece), president of the Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Rhetoric in Education

Mary Marin, Phd cand. (University of Carlfield, USA), educator of English language, MUN mentor

Organizing committee:

Dimitrios Kokkinis, president of the Andrion Club, coordinator for Andros island

Valia Loutrianaki, general coordinator

Irene Theodoropoulou, general coordinator

Giota Giannopoulou, Phd cand. (University of Peloponnese, Greece), educator, communication manager

Myrto Malamou, Phd cand. (University of Athens, Greece), educator, public relations manager

Members of Cycladic Tourism Network (CTN) of Andros, hospitality, gastronomy and leisure activities coordinators


Εκφραστική ανάγνωση της Οδύσσειας

Η Ένωση προωθεί την άσκηση στην ανάγνωση ως ένα μέσο εμπλουτισμού των εκφραστικών μέσων, εξοικείωσης με τον επιτονισμό και την οπτική επαφή με το κοινό και, κυρίως, προώθησης της ικανότητας βαθείας κατανόησης και «συνομιλίας» με τα κείμενα. Ένας καλός ομιλητής είναι και καλός αναγνώστης, που έχει «δουλέψει» την ικανότητα να κάνει παύσεις, να ακολουθεί τον ρυθμό / τη μουσικότητα του κειμένου, να τονίζει τις κατάλληλες λέξεις που θέλει να «καρφωθούν» στο μυαλό του ακροατή, να αποδίδει τα συναισθήματα και τα νοήματα με το κατάλληλο ύφος, να δείχνει ότι έχει «κατακτήσει» το κείμενο και το ερμηνεύει με τον δικό του τρόπο – προχωρώντας, ίσως, και στις δικές του αναγνώσεις. Ο αναγνώστης «επανασυγγράφει» συχνά το κείμενο και, όπως και ο ομιλητής, προβάλλει τη δική του, αυθεντική, προσέγγιση.

Μέλη μας συμμετείχαν σε δύο διαφορετικές αναγνώσεις της Οδύσσειας:

odysseiaΣτο Μέγαρο Μουσικής, στο πλαίσιο της Oλονύχτιας Συμμετοχικής Ανάγνωσης του Ομηρικού έπους «Οδύσσεια», που διοργάνωσαν οι διεθνείς οργανισμοί «EllinikoThεαtro / Ελληνικό Θέατρο Aθήνας και Νέας Υόρκης» και «Διεθνείς Αναγνώστες του Ομήρου / International Readers of Homer». Η εκδήλωση αυτή αποτελεί εορτασμό της προφορικής παράδοσης και συμπεριέλαβε 200 συνολικά αναγνώστες. Η ομάδα μας (αναγνώστης 106) αποτελούνταν από 9 άτομα και πραγματοποίησε την ανάγνωση στις 2 μετά τα μεσάνυχτα.


Επίσης, η Ρητορική Ομάδα των Εκπαιδευτικών μας υποστήριξε την εκδήλωση «Επιστροφή του Οδυσσέα», που περιέλαβε μια σειρά δράσεων (απαγγελιών, θεατρικών, μουσικών, αθλητικών εκδηλώσεων) με βάση συγκεκριμένες ημερομηνίες στις οποίες έχουν καταλήξει οι επιστήμονες ότι διεξήχθησαν τα γεγονότα της Οδύσσειας κατά τη διάρκεια του Οκτωβρίου. Μαθητές στην Ελλάδα και σε άλλες χώρες διάβασαν φωναχτά ραψωδίες και συζήτησαν για τα γεγονότα και τη μικρή χρονική διάρκειά τους σε σχέση με το πλήθος των στίχων. Δείτε περισσότερα εδώ: http://thereturnofodysseus.gr/ 

19ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο με θέμα «Rhetoric as Performance» στο Σικάγο

Στις 24-27 Ιουλίου η Ένωση ταξιδεύει στο Σικάγο και στο 19ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο της International Society for the History of Rhetoric. Το ειδικότερο θέμα του συνεδρίου είναι «Rhetoric as Performance». Η Γενική Γραμματέας της Ένωσης, Φωτεινή Εγγλέζου, θα παρουσιάσει εισήγηση και θα μας μεταφέρει εμπειρίες και εξελίξεις. Δείτε το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα στην ιστοσελίδα του συνεδρίου: http://ishr-web.org/aws/ISHR/pt/sp/conference

Patras Open International Debate Championship

The Debating Society of Greece would like to invite you to the first edition of the Patras Open International Debate Championship, taking place in Greece from July 26th to July 29th . Held in the beautiful city of Patras, a few hours away from some of the world’s most renowned historical sites, the Patras Open offers top level competition as well as excellent adjudication and workshops by some of the best debaters in the world. Furthermore, the location of the city promises amazing socials and beach parties on the beautiful coast of Peloponnese. Just a few weeks before EUDC, the Patras Open International Debate Championship offers 5 rounds of intense British Parliamentary style debating combined with the opportunity to relax and have fun on one of the most magnificent sites in the Mediterranean. Join us in an unforgettable summer experience!

Register now at http://debating.gr/registration/



Hotel Kompas,  Kranjska Gora, Slovenia,

29th June – 6th of July 2013

Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga Slovenia, www.zainproti.com and World Debate Institute, USA, debate.uvm.edu kindly invite you to participate at the International Worlds Schools Debate Academy Slovenia.

Hotel Kompas is a 4*hotel at the very center of Kranjska gora, more at http://www.hitholidays-kg.si/Accomodation/Hotel-Kompas

High school students, teachers, coaches and trainers are invited. At the training part the participants will be divided into three different groups based on their experience and expertise – beginners, intermediate and advanced. There will be small groups with a 1 to 8 student trainer ratio, meaning lots of individual attention. The program consists of lectures, exercises, debate and content electives  and practice debates (at least one per day). The last two days is a tournament.

There will be a special course for trainers, coaches and judges.

International group of trainers:  Alfred C Snider, USA, Rhydian Morgan, UK, Serban Pitić and David Moskowitzi, Romania, Branka Josimov, Serbia, from Slovenia: Bojana Skrt, Jernej Podgornik,  Filip Dobranić…  and more …

Arrivalon Saturday, June 29th (program starts in the afternoon), departure on Saturday  6th of July after lunch (program finishes at 13.00)

Application  Please, fine the application form at WSDA web page at http://debateacademy.net/debate_academy/wsda_slovenia.html, where you can also fine more information about WSDA 2013 and the past ones.

Please, send the application form to our registration office Danijel Kralj to danijel.kralj@siol.net  as soon as possible but not later than June 1st  2013  The ones who need visas should register as soon as possible and contact Danijel Kralj for the information connected with visa application process and the formal invitation letter we need to send to you.

Danijel is also the person responsible for answering all  the questions you might have regarding logistics.

Participation fee: 340 EUR covers all instructions, accommodation and food, trainers, materials and tournament. Payment instructions will be sent to you after registration, but we will expect you to pay  before June 15th.

Looking forward meeting you in Kranjska gora, Slovenia

Bojana Skrt

Director WSDA 2013

Director Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga

Διεθνές συνέδριο «Η Ρητορική στην Ευρώπη» – Οκτώβριος 2013

Το διεθνές συνέδριο με θέμα «Η Ρητορική στην Ευρώπη» θα διεξαχθεί από τις 9 έως τις 13 Οκτωβρίου 2013 στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Σάαρλαντ στη Γερμανία (Universität des Saarlandes) και στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Λουξεμβούργου (Université du Luxembourg). Τρία μέλη της Ένωσης έχουν γίνει δεκτά (με 2 εισηγήσεις και 1 εργαστήριο) και θα παρακολουθήσουν και όλες τις εργασίες του συνεδρίου. Οι συμμετέχοντες ανέρχονται στους 180 και προέρχονται από 120 πανεπιστήμια και 30 χώρες.

Επειδή βρισκόμαστε σε διαδικασία αναζήτησης χορηγίας για την κάλυψη των εξόδων μετάβασης, συμμετοχής και διαμονής, εάν κάποιο μέλος ενδιαφέρεται να παρακολουθήσει το συνέδριο, ας επικοινωνήσει μαζί μας, για να αναζητήσουμε τρόπο κάλυψης και των δικών του εξόδων. Δείτε το πρόγραμμα το συνεδρίου εδώ: Programm-rhetorik

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το Συνέδριο εδώ: http://www.uni-saarland.de/institut/eir/internationale-tagung-2013-rhetorik-in-europa-tagungsankuendigung/international-conference-2013-rhetoric-in-europe-call-for-papers.html


Eurasian Schools Debating Championship 2013

Dear Debating Community,
We, the Robert College Debate Society, cordially invite you to the Eurasian Schools Debating Championship 2013. After its successful debut with 50 teams participating, making it the second biggest debating tournament ever held, the Robert College Debate Society is proud to organize the third session of the ESDC once again in one of the most exciting and magnificent cities of the world, Istanbul. This year, the event will take place between the 27th August and 3rd September 2013. Since we are aiming to make the ESDC biggest international tournament ever held, there will be no team quota in this year’s tournament.
The ESDC is unique since it is the first Eurasian Schools Championship ever organized, the first international schools debating championship to take place in Turkey, and the first completely student-run tournament.
The tournament will be in WSDC format and all debates will be in English. There will be 8 preliminary rounds, octo, quarter, semi- finals and the grand final. In order to promote fairness and competitiveness we will follow the power-pairing format that we successfully used last year and the year before. For your comfort, just like last year, accommodation will be provided by one of the most prestigious and modern universities in Turkey, Ozyegin University.
In order to have fair and good debates, we believe the adjucation is exceptionally important. Therefore, each year we aim to gather world-class adjudicators in our CAP. Last year we had Ms. Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed from Pakistan and Ms. Eirianna Kouri from Greece as our Co-CAs. Also, Mr. Tom McLennan from South Africa, Ms. Veronika Vlckova from Slovakia and Mr. Engin Arikan from Turkey honored us by taking part in the CAP. This year we would like to continue that tradition. Therefore, Ms.Beth James, the Co-CA of WSDC 2012, from UK will be our chief adjudicator. Also, Ms. Tracey Lee from Canada, Mr.Christopher Sanchez from Germany, Mr.Branislav Fecko from Slovakia and Mr.Cem Zorlular from Turkey will honor us by forming the rest of the CAP.
The registration fee for ESDC 2013 is 140 euros (for debater, teacher, adjudicator or coach). The fee for observers is 220 euros. Accommodation and most of the meals are covered in this fee. If you are willing to compete in a prestigious tournament, meet people from all around the world and visit the great metropolis of Istanbul, then the ESDC is the opportunity you are looking for.
For more information and registration, please visit our web page esdc2013.org
Executive Board of ESDC 2013