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'What's the point of Classics?': John Donne Lecture with Mary Beard

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We are delighted to announce the 2019 John Donne lecture:

Titled ‘What’s the point with Classics?’, Mary Beard will deliver the next John Donne Lecture on Friday 26 April 2019 in the Sheldonian Theatre at 5pm.

In this lecture, she will ask why we still need Homer and Virgil, Thucydides and Tacitus. Can Classics be defended against those who claim it has become merely a weapon of the alt-right, white supremacism and ‘toxic masculinity’ – and indeed always has been? Is it possible to unpick the myth that Classics has always been the intellectual twin of empire, racism and misogyny? Mary’s assertion is ‘yes’, and she hopes to show how this is the case.

The John Donne lecture is an annual public lecture held by Hertford College. You can also read transcripts from previous John Donne lectures here.

This lecture is free and open to all. Doors open from 4.30 pm.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Development Team by email or by phone: +44 (0) 1865 279428.

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