THE HISTORIAN HERODOTUS gives us one of the earliest account of the motives behind inquiry and discovery: “lest what humanity has brought forth fade away and great and wondrous deeds lose their fame”. That quality of wonder lies at the beginning of every intellectual commitment. more

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"Racing the Classics"

March 16–17, 2018
103 Chancellor Green
Daniel Mendelsohn
Alumnae/i news

“…we can circle back to James Madison and the extent to which he was molded by his deep readings in the classics as an undergraduate at college. For Madison knew that our word ‘civility’ flowers out of the Latin ‘civis,’ which means ‘citizen.’ To be civil is, therefore, literally to engage in a deeply important activity: to engage in behavior appropriate to a free citizen, to commit oneself to speech and action duly sensitive to your fellow citizens.”

Joshua Katz
Faculty Award

Joshua Katz has received a prestigious “Chaire Internationale 2018” from the Laboratoire d’excellence “Fondaments Empiriques de la Linguistique” in Paris and will be giving a series of four seminars in January–February 2018 on the subject “Marginal Linguistic Phenomena.”

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