Franke Lectures will offer perspectives on Nietzsche and Emerson

David Mikics, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English at the University of HoustonDavid Mikics, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English at the University of Houston, will give the first lecture in this semester’s Franke Lectures in the Humanities, which will present perspectives on the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Titled “Emerson, Nietzsche, and the Romantic World,” Mikics’ talk will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The event is free and open to the public.

Mikics has written several books, including “Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, The Art of the Sonnet,” “A New Handbook of Literary Terms,” and “Who Was Jacques Derrida?” He is also the editor of The Annotated Emerson and is a regular columnist for Tablet magazine. 

The Franke Lectures in the Humanities are organized in conjunction with a Yale College seminar taught by Paul North, associate professor of German, and Paul Grimstad, assistant professor of English.

Other lectures in this series will include:

Oct. 3: Ross Posnock, Columbia University, “On the Pleasures of Self-Misunderstanding: ‘How One Becomes What One Is’ in Nietzsche and Emerson.”

Nov. 7: Kathleen M. Higgins, University of Texas Austin, “‘Thoughts that Come on Doves’ Feet’: Philosophy as Experience in the Work of Friedrich Nietzsche.”

Nov. 14: David Farrell Krell, Brown University, “Emerson, Nietzsche’s Voluptuary?”

The 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.