Martin Ostwald Memorial Lecture

Martin Ostwald

Martin Ostwald, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Classics.
Read a profile of Professor Ostwald in The Bulletin

2014-2015 Lecture

Ineke Sluiter, Professor of Humanities at the Leiden University Centre for the Artsin Society, will present the Martin Ostwald lecture on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in Science Center 199.  

There will be a panel discussion with Dr. Sluiter and other guest speakers on Saturday, October 25 in Science Center 101 to discuss "Classics in Dialogue", time to be determined.

2013-2014 Lecture

Carol Dougherty, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College, will present the Martin Ostwald Lecture on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Science Center 101. She will speak on 'Improvising the Self in Homer's Odyssey".  The talk argues that Odysseus is not just an improviser of song but also of himself. Odysseus, after all, is the Greek hero most known for qualities -- ingenuity, verbal dexterity, cleverness - that might well be called improvisational. Reading the Odyssey within the context of recent work in "improvisatory studies" will show that in addition to working his way out of tight spots, Odysseus invents and reinvents himself throughout the poem. In representing Odysseus as an improviser at both the poetic and thematic level, the Odyssey thus articiulates a notion of identity that is not essential, fixed and unitary, but rather performed, inherently unstable, and perpetually refashioned in response to the unexpected opportunities and obstacles that life in archaic Greece provides.