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The Whitney Humanities Center announces the second lecture in this semester’s Franke Lecture series on “Classicism and Modernity.” Simon Goldhill, of Cambridge University, will deliver a talk titled “Sappho, Lincoln, and the Senate: Picturing Nineteenth-Century Female Desire” on Tuesday, November 27, at 5 pm. The event will be held in Room 208 of the WHC and is free and open to the public.

This series has been organized to accompany the Yale College seminar offered by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, and Milette Gaifman, Associate Professor of History of Art and Classics. The seminar is taught in conjunction with the exhibition “The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland—An Episode of the Grand Tour” at the Yale Center for British Art, October 4, 2012–January 13, 2013.  For further details see http://britishart.yale.edu.

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at Cambridge University, where he is Fellow of King’s College, and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH), the largest and most active Institute of Advanced Study in Europe.  He is also Director of the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Goldhill has published widely on both Greek literature—especially Greek tragedy—and Victorian culture’s engagement with antiquity. His most recent books are Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy (Oxford, 2012—the Onassis Lectures); Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction and the Proclamation of Modernity (Princeton, 2011—the Martin Lectures) and Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë’s Grave (Chicago, 2011). He has lectured worldwide and appeared on radio and television in Europe, Australia, the United States, and Canada. His work has been translated into nine languages including Chinese, Korean, Dutch, and Russian.

The Franke Lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and are intended to present important topics in the Humanities to a wide and general audience.  

For more information contact Susan Stout at 203 432-6556 or email susan.stout@yale.edu