Lecture set on Olympic movement
Heather Reid, associate professor of philosophy at Morningside College, will present “Olympic Sport and its Lessons for Peace” Monday at Linfield. The free talk is set for 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, on the lower level of Melrose Hall.
Reid will discuss the differences between the ancient Olympic Games, in which victory was imagined as a visit from the goddess Nike, and the modern Olympics, where victory typically means endorsement deals from the company Nike.
Modern society can learn from the ancient association between Olympic Games and peace, Reid said, because that association derives not only from mythology and rhetoric, but also from particular, and perhaps unexpected, effects of athletic competition itself. Olympic sport taught the ancient Hellenes about peace by incorporating philosophical aspects of peace such as setting aside conflict, treating others as equals and developing community spirit.
Reid has taught philosophy at Morningside since 1996. An expert on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games, she was elected president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport in 2005 and has presented her research at conferences in the United Kingdom and in Greece.
She holds a bachelor’s in philosophy, English and literature from the University of Virginia and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.
The lecture is sponsored by Linfield’s Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement, which is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines, promote civic engagement and pique intellectual curiosity through the exploration of thematic connections. For more information, contact Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, at 503-883-2362.