Jan. 31, 2006
Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, will present “Olympic Symbols – Olympic Ideals” at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
The presentation will examine the philosophy behind the symbols used in the Olympic opening ceremony and will coincide with the opening ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games that will take place later that evening in Turin, Italy. The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Reid will discuss the ancient Greek heritage and modern Olympic ideals that underpin such rituals and symbols as the cultural program, parade of athletes, Olympic flag, the athletes’ and officials’ oaths, the entrance of the torch and lighting of the cauldron, and will attempt to show how they contribute to the Olympic goal of promoting world peace.
Reid is noted for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games and was elected president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPC) during its 33rd annual meeting in September 2005. She has presented at several international conferences on Olympic studies and served as a supervising professor at the 2005 International Postgraduate Seminar of the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece.
Reid, a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia, has been at Morningside since the fall of 1996. Reid was a recipient of Morningside’s 2005 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award. The awards are presented for teaching excellence, effective advising, scholarship, and service to the college and are based upon the accomplishments and activities of a faculty member during the previous academic year. Reid earned her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1994 and 1996, respectively.