Plato’s Caves: Diversity and Justice in the Republic

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Speaker: Prof. Rebecca LeMoine (Florida Atlantic University)

Once a celebrated ideal, multiculturalism has come under heavy fire in recent years. Increasingly, citizens, political leaders, and scholars alike are rejecting the promotion of cultural diversity on the grounds that greater heterogeneity means more conflict. Yet, what if the backlash to foreigners is akin to the hostile reaction of the prisoners in Plato’s cave allegory to their liberator? What, in other words, if the abandonment of multiculturalism purchases temporary peace at the price of greater ignorance and conflict in the long run? In this talk, Dr. LeMoine challenges traditional readings of Plato’s Republic, revealing the dialogue’s concern with demonstrating the importance of cross-cultural engagement to the cultivation of justice.

Greek and Roman Studies Search

Humanities Lecture by John Guillory

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John Guillory (NYU): "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities," will reflect upon Erwin Panofsky's use of the terms 'monument' and 'document' to describe the works of art studied by the art historian or critic, and on the utility of these terms in describing the object of study across humanities disciplines generally. Guillory (NYU) is best known for his book Cultural Capital, which applied Bourdieu's sociology of aesthetics to debates about canon formation in literary studies. More recently, he published a widely-discussed essay on the genesis of the concept of "media," a series of philological annotations from the early modern era to the present. Co-sponsored by English, Art, Search, and the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment.

English Art and Art History Search

Batey Lecture: Dr. Sarah Ruden, "Divine Comedy, Earlier Than You Think"

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Dr. Sarah Ruden, a poet, translator, and essayist, will present "Divine Comedy, Earlier Than You Think: Vergil, Augustine, the Bible" as part of Rhodes College's annual Batey Lecture. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall.

In addition to writing book-length translations of Greek and Roman authors such as Aeschylus, Aristophanes, and Petronius, Ruden is author of Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time and The Music Inside the Whale, and Other Marvels: A Translator on the Beauty of the Bible. Her collection of her poetry, Other Places, won the South African Central News Agency Literary Award.

She has taught Latin, English, and writing at Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, and the University of Cape Town and been a Guggenheim fellow. She currently is a scholar in residence at Brown University.

The annual Batey Lecture Series at Rhodes is named for New Testament scholar Dr. Richard Batey who retired from the college in 2005. Ruden's lecture is sponsored by Rhodes' Department of Religious Studies, Department of Greek and Roman Studies Department, and the Search Program. For more information, contact Prof. Patrick Gray of the Department of Religious Studies (contact info above).