Mary Beard to Deliver Gifford Lectures, 2018–19

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on April 12, 2019

From The University of Edinburgh:

Mary Beard, The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics
Sypert Concert Room, St Cecilia’s Hall, The University of Edinburgh, May 2019

This lecture series explores why the classical world still matters and what ethical dilemmas the study of classics raises (and has always raised). Taking six particular themes, it hopes to shows how antiquity can continue to challenge the moral certainties of modernity. The lectures will be recorded and links will be posted in the respective pages of each lecture. All lectures begin at 5.30pm.

1  Introduction: Murderous Games
Monday, 6 May

2  Whiteness
Tuesday, 7 May

3  Lucretia and the Politics of Sexual Violence
Thursday, 9 May

4  Us and Them
Monday, 27 May

5  Tyranny and Democracy
Tuesday, 28 May

6  Classical Civilisation?
Thursday, 30 May

Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known classicists, Professor at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College. She has written numerous books on the ancient world including the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town; has presented highly-acclaimed TV series, Meet the Romans and Rome: Empire without Limit; and is a regular broadcaster and media commentator. Mary is one of the presenters for the BBC’s recent landmark Civilisations series. Mary is also classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement and writes a thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life. Made an OBE in 2013 for services to classical scholarship, her latest books include the critically-acclaimed SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome and thought-provoking Women & Power: A Manifesto. Most recently Mary was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2018.

The prestigious Gifford Lectureships were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. The purpose of Lord Gifford’s bequest to the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Aberdeen was to sponsor lectures to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term—in other words, the knowledge of God.” Since the first lecture in 1888, Gifford Lecturers have been recognized as pre-eminent thinkers in their respective fields. Among the many gifted lecturers are Hannah Arendt, Noam Chomsky, Stanley Hauerwas, William James, Jean-Luc Marion, Iris Murdoch, Roger Scruton, Eleonore Stump, Charles Taylor, Alfred North Whitehead, and Rowan Williams.

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