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Emerald Heights in collaboration with the Ivy League institution Columbia University, New York, USA conducted the 10-Day immersive Symposium 2021

The Emerald Heights International School in collaboration with the Ivy League institution Columbia University, New York, USA conducted the 10-Day immersive Symposium 2021 which concluded with utmost zeal and gusto.

The memorable opening ceremony eve was graced by the distinguished presence of Professor Rachel Chung, Professor James J. Kim, and Professor Gareth David Williams from Columbia University.  Dr. Surendra Singh, a senior IB philosophy educator was invited to declare open the symposium. In addition, the texts 2021 were introduced:

  • The Plague at Athens by Thucydides
  • An Account of My Hut (Hojoki) by Kamo no Chomei
  • Philoctetes by Sophocles
  • The Sacrifice by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Emeralites engrossed in phenomenal discussions, and unleashing varied aspects of life involving human behaviour. In addition, students are diving into the world of literature and analysis, irrespective of their streams.

Over the course of 10 days, profound and exclusive deliberations took place virtually. Students analyzed and discussed critically on 4 classical texts: Philoctetes by Sophocles, The Plague of Athens by Thucydides, The Sacrifice by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and ‘An Account of my Hut’ by Kamo no Chōmei.

The sessions were swarmed with thought provoking questions which not only tested, but also stretched the limitations of thinking, imagination and creativity. 

The theme ‘ISOLATION’ was contextualized via Greek, Japanese and Indian cultures. From scrutinizing the noble Neoptolemus as a vulpine and adroit character to accentuating the strong warrior, Philoctetes’ decrepitude; the mentors’ and students’ joint perspectives uncovered novel interpretations and proclamations within the texts! 

The grand Symposium 2021 came to a formal conclusion with the reflections shared by the mentors and the participants. Professor Rachel Chung from Columbia University presented her vision of the symposium, followed by Director, Emerald Heights Mr. Siddharth Singh’s message to the students. Dr. Surendra Singh, a senior IB philosophy educator, further appreciated the tremendous efforts put in by the students to deep dive into such advanced level texts, and making meaningful inferences out of those. 

The gala end to the symposium by Mrs. Vandana Murjani, Head of Career and College Guidance Cell at Emerald Heights spotlighted on embarking onto the new journey and perceive uncertainties with fresh outlook. 

Three Cheers and encouragement to the students indulged into meaningful discussions, religious texts and ruminate upon them.

Continue blossoming Emeralites!!!