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Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens
– 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
Professor Brett Rogers, University of Puget Sound, WA, will be joining the many conversations and debates we are having about the "usefulness" of a liberal arts education with his public lecture, "Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens: Classical Greek Perspectives on Freedom and the Liberal Arts." This talk starts with a curious question that arises in classical Greek tragedy – Why do tyrants talk like teachers? – and explores the social and political implications of ‘teaching’ in fifth century BCE Athens. One significant problem that arises from this exploration is whether students can actually be ‘free’, and thus calls into question some of the premises that underlie not only the foundations for the liberal arts (‘the skills possessed by a free person’) in Plato and Aristotle, but also the notion of freedom for student-citizens even in a liberal arts and democratic context. Support for this event provided by the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund, the Mellon Humanities Initiative--Studies in the Mediterranean, and the Classics Department with additional support from the Education, Government, and Philosophy Departments.