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Events

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Events

Poetry Being the Body: Theology in Dante, Denys Turner, Yale University, Emeritus

April 12, 2024

Master Class at Gavin House

Poetry Being the Body: Theology in Dante

Friday, April 12, 2:00-5:30pm at Gavin House (1220 E 58th St.)

The poet plays a crucial role in the development of a language of the “mystical” that paradoxically gives voice to the insufficiency of human speech in the face of the reality of the divine. The revelation of this insufficiency speaks effectively to theology’s positive, affirming, role. Poetry is a pre-theological anticipation of theology.

Prof. Turner will build this argument with the three parts of Dante’s Commedia. Alongside this great text, Prof. Turner will reference a chapter from God, Mystery, and Mystification, which sets out formally a theological epistemology to which Dante gives a poetic voice.

Denys Turner is the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology emeritus at Yale University. He is the author of Dante the Theologian, Marxism and Christianity, Eros and Allegory, and The Darkness of God, as well as many articles and papers on political and social theory in relation to Christian theology, and on medieval thought, especially the traditions of mystical theology.

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Open to current graduate students and faculty. Advanced undergraduates and others interested in participating should contact dstrobach@lumenchristi.org. This event is in-person only. All registrants will receive pdfs of the selected readings, which should be read in advance of the class. An optional wine and cheese reception will follow.

Doctoral Lecture by David Williams

April 17, 2024

The Thinker: Aristophanes’ Clouds and the Comedy of Contemplation

by David Williams

Abstract: In this talk, I will consider the significance of Aristophanes’ Clouds as what I call a “comedy of contemplation,” a play that in its mocking portrayal of “the Thinker” Socrates, offers an implicit critique of the pursuit of knowledge as an end in itself. After introducing my interpretation of the play, I will present two case studies for how this comedy of contemplation can fruitfully be read as part of a continuing discourse about the nature and value of intellectual activity, a discourse developed above all by Plato and Aristotle as they sought to define and defend the contemplative way of life that they called “philosophy.” By interpreting the Clouds in this intellectual context, we will be in a better position to appreciate the particular value of the comedy as a document of classical intellectual history, one that can and should be read as engaging with ethical issues that are central to the subsequent Platonic-Aristotelian tradition.

Reception to follow

Open to the Public

For accommodations and other requests, contact Megan Swartz (swartzm@uchicago.edu

Nef Lecture: “Poetry and Political Thought; Political Thought and Poetry.” by Nigel Smith, Princeton University

April 29, 2024

Nigel Smith is the William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University

Nef Lecture: “Poetry and Political Thought; Political Thought and Poetry.” by Nigel Smith, Princeton University

April 29, 2024

Nigel Smith is the William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University

 

“Transatlantic Adam Zagajewski” Lecture by Clare Cavanagh, Northwestern University

May 17, 2024

Frances Hooper Professor in the Arts and Humanities.

Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Comparative

Literary Studies. Affiliate, Gender Studies, Poetry and Poetics.