Simon Goldhill to give next Franke Lecture in the series on 'Classicism and Modernity'

Simon Goldhill, professor of Greek at Cambridge University, will give the second lecture in this semester’s Franke Lecture series focusing on “Classicism and Modernity.”

Goldhill will deliver a talk titled “Sappho, Lincoln, and the Senate: Picturing 19th-Century Female Desire” on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center. It is free and open to the public.

This series has been organized to accompany the Yale College seminar offered by Tim Barringer, the 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 Yale Center for British Art’s exhibition “The English Prize: The Capture of the ‘Westmorland,’ An Episode of the Grand Tour.”

Goldhill is a fellow of King’s College, and director of the Cambridge Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and the Humanities. He is also director of the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Goldhill has published widely on Greek literature (especially Greek tragedy) and Victorian culture’s engagement with antiquity. His most recent books are “Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy,” “Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity,” and “Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë’s Grave.” 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.

Sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center, 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 susan.stout@yale.edu.