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November 30, 2011


The Robert B. Silvers Lecture

Classicist Mary Beard asks Do the Classics Have a Future?  Beard is famous for her scholarly distinction and ability to energize academic and non-academic audiences alike. In addition to her column with the Times, she regularly appears on television. Her commentary is praised for its wit and inventiveness as much as for its intellectual sophistication.

MARY BEARD is a Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and Classics Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. She writes on many aspects of the ancient world, from the Parthenon to the Roman Triumph, as well as presenting the ancient world on television and radio. Her book on Pompeii (published in the USA as The Fires of Vesuvius) won the 2008 Wolfson Prize for History, and her blog, A Don's Life, has become well-known for its controversial comments on both classical and modern themes.

About The Robert B. Silvers Lecture

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, of which he was a founder in 1963. The series features contemporary people whose fields correspond to the broad range of Mr. Silver's interests in literature, the arts, politics, economics, history, and the sciences.

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