During the lockdown, Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna and the Greek Language and Literature teacher Dr. E. Karimali organised 3 online speeches via Webex platform on issues related to History, Geopolitics and Economy during the modern historic times. The speeches were realised in the framework of the subject of Ancient History and more specifically, of the school project “Geopolitics and History: Definitions, Terms and Movements”, which was proposed and completed by Dr. E. Karimali and the A Class students during the school year 2019-20.
The first online speech took place on Friday 8 May at 10.00 with main speaker the Professor of Modern History in the Department of Political Sciences of the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki Mr. Georgios Margaritis, in collaboration with Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna (teachers in charge Dr. Evangelia Karimali and Dr. Ioanna Pseftogianni) and the Experimental High School of Rethymnon in Crete (teacher in charge Dr. Despoina Petrougaki). In the discussion that followed participated students from all classes of both High Schools. The topic of the discussion was the important economic issues of Greece during the 19th and 20th century.
The two following speeches were about the basic principles and terms of modern Geopolitics and particularly the geopolitical affairs between Greece and Turkey.
The first speech was realised on Monday 9 June 2020 by the second-year undergraduate student of the Department of International, European and Regional Studies of Panteion University Konstantinos Melissourgos, who talked with the A’ and B’ Class students, explaining to them basic definitions of geopolitics and prepared them for Mr. K. Philis’ speech.
On Tuesday 10 June 2020 at 17.00 was realised Professor Konstantinos Philis’ speech. Mr. Philis is Executive Director of Research Projects in the Institute of International Affairs of Panteion University. His speech was entitled “Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean on a knife edge”.
The speech was attended by teachers and students of Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna. An extended discussion followed between Mr. Philis and the students, who had the chance to be informed and ask their questions about current issues that trouble the affairs of these two countries.