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The Olympic Games from Antiquity to the Present

Join Eric Monnin, vice president of Université de Franche-Comté and a delegate on the program "L’Olympisme – Génération 2024", for a discussion in French of the Olympic Games, from their founding in antiquity to the present day.

Monnin will present on the rich history of the Olympic Games, the values that they impart, the growth and expansion of the games to include more and more sports, and the upcoming role of France in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. He will discuss the event’s evolution over time to its current-day form as an important international showcase that symbolizes the strength and power of competing nations in peacetime.

This event will be in French and is suitable for high-intermediate students, advanced students, and native speakers.

About Eric Monnin 

Eric Monnin holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a focus on sports and physical education. Monin's doctoral research focused on the Olympic Movement and Olympic education has led him to organize “Olympic Weeks” in schools and universities with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and participated in the organization of the Olympic Youth Camp in Sydney and Athens during their respective Olympic Games. Since 2018, he has been participating in the project “Generation 2004 in Greece on the road to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games” initiated by the French Embassy / French Institute of Greece in Athens.

In December 2019, he founded the French Centre for University Olympic Studies and Research (CEROU) at the University of Franche-Comté, where he is the director. In 2012, the IOC awarded him the Pierre de Coubertin Medal, making him the only Frenchman to receive this prestigious distinction. Monnin has published several books and has received several medals including the Knight of the National Order of Merit, Officer of the Order of Academic Palms, and more.

This event is sponsored by the AF National Coordination office of the French Cultural Services department of the French Embassy and is organized in partnership with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA.