Global Experience: International Implications of the 2018 Olympics
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Global Experience: International Implications of the 2018 Olympics

Our Global Experience series continues with a discussion on the international implications of the 2018 Olympics. Join moderator Tom Patterson, director of International Education at JCCC, for a conversation on what sort of diplomatic lessons, surprises, and foreshadowing came out of this year's Olympic Games. Preparation materials and discussion questions will be provided. This event is admission-free and open to the public, but attendees will pay for their own meals. We hope to see you there!

When: Monday, February 26, 2018
6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Port Fonda
4141 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri  64111
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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Discussion Questions
To help prepare for the Global Experience conversation, we invite you to consider these questions as well as the source materials listed with each question.

1. Do the Olympics have any beneficial impact on world peace? How can we judge the success of the Olympics in promoting peace, a stated goal of the Olympics in its original charter: "… to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity"?

2. Should performance enhancing drugs be permitted in the Olympics? Doping is not necessarily against the spirit of sport. It has always part of the human spirit to use knowledge to make oneself better and doping has been a part of sport since its beginning.

3. Should the Olympics focus more on individual athletes and deemphasize national teams? The Olympic Charter notes that "the Olympics are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries." Would the Olympics be better with the removal of flags, anthems, and the counting of national medal accumulations?

4. Should there be an artistic competition at the Olympics along with sporting competition? Why only sports?

5. Should both the summer and winter Olympics continue to be held in a different city every four years? To reduce waste and economic hardship, it may be better to have the same two cities hold the summer and winter Olympics every year, or to allow events to be spread around different cities.

6. Should we discontinue the Olympics? The aims of the Olympics are lofty at best, and most of the profits go to governments and companies, not citizens.

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