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Self-Styled Symposium by Claire Quan, Evelyn Wang, and Max Greenfield

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In Greek class, we were tasked with reading Plato’s Symposium, a philosophical work on the concept of love. After finishing the book, we put on a symposium ourselves with the rest of the Latin students. We laid out a meal with fruit punch (in substitution for wine), grapes, charcuterie, and more. We also drew inspiration from the Socratic method, in which one poses a question to another in order to lead them to a different conclusion. In addition, we also saw in our own conversation that we were able to build off of each others’ arguments. We really enjoyed putting on the symposium. We were able to talk about topics that aren’t normally explored. The discussion quickly derailed as well, branching to concepts of science, absolute truths, and morality. 

Our delicious symposium

Our delicious symposium

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