On Friday, November 20, as part of their English course, the B Lyceum students in the three sections of CTTL (Contemporary Themes Through Literature) attended an online talk on the subject “From heroism to accompaniment: Lead in water and the urgency to reimagine technical experts’ relationship with communities in crisis,” with speaker Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou, a Greek woman of the diaspora, an anthropologist and social activist.
Dr. Lambrinidou’s presentation was the first in the “Experts on Global Issues” series, which has been included in the curriculum this year for the three CTTL sections, and its aim is to take students beyond the narrow confines of the school classroom by giving them opportunities to converse with outstanding personalities of our times. In addition, by studying important contemporary literary works, students process and analyze themes such as racism, social inequality, censorship, totalitarianism, technology, gender equality, etc., and organize presentations and discussions on current issues on a weekly basis. Furthermore, selected students from the CTTL classes take part in HMCE (Harvard Model Conference Europe), a student conference organized every spring in Europe by students of Harvard University in the US.
Dr. Lambrinidou lives in Washington, DC. For many years she conducted research on environmental issues related to the presence of lead and toxicity in water in the cities of Washington, DC and Flint, Michigan. Her research interest focuses on environmental health and justice, as well as on engineering ethics. Dr. Lambrinidou taught as a member of faculty of the Science & Technology of Society Department at Virginia Tech and, starting in the spring semester 2021, she will assume the position of Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. She has received many distinctions and awards for her research and teaching in the US.
Our students responded with enthusiasm to the “Experts on Global Issues” initiative and to the talk with Dr. Lambrinidou. Very well-prepared, they carried out an in-depth discussion with her and had the opportunity to ask her questions, which made it a highly interactive event!