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Athens Olympics: Then and Now

In modern history, Athens is one of the only cities that has played host to the Olympics twice – first in 1896 and again in 2004. Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan brought his Global Media class to the sites of these two very different Games, using the Olympics as a way of looking at how global media events occur, and how they have changed in the last century. Students were able to talk with professors, guides, and public relations personnel to gain insight into themes including globalization, nationalism, and patriotism. They were able to gain first hand insights into what huge global media events actually look like, the differences between live events and televised coverage, and the development of the Olympics from a small game into a huge, multimedia event.

The Main Stadium of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens was home to the 2004 Olympics.
Caitlin Guszkowski, Teaching Assistant for the Global Media class, speaks to students aboard the bus as they travel to the Olympic Athletic Center.
Ada Chadzimanoli, a Public Relations Officer at the Olympic Stadium, speaks to students inside of the Main Stadium, which is now being used to host soccer matches and big-name concert events.
Chris Chan (Communication Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara) and Victoria Hampton (Journalism, Pacific University) pose for a photo inside the Velodrome, which is used for cycling events.
Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks with students outside of the Velodrome. The entire complex was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
Parker Rhodes, a student at the University of Virginia, runs the track at the Panathenaic Stadium, home to the 1896 Olympic Games.
Ada Chadzimanoli and Chrysanthi Katsarou, Public Relations Officers at the Olympic Stadium, speak to students inside the Velodrome. The rare African wood for the track was specially selected for the Greek environment.
A mural hangs inside the VIP area of the Main Stadium in Athens.
Global Media Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan takes an opportunity to turn the tables, interviewing an unwary reporter who was looking for subjects herself.
Lynnea Malley, a Music major at Columbia College Chicago, climbs down the stands of the Panathenaic Stadium. The site was reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium
Students, including Caroline Rodolf, a Communication Arts major at the University of Oklahoma, listen to speakers inside of the Olympic Center of Athens.
Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan poses with University of Virginia students in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
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