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Melissa Lane: Freedom and Friendship in Platonic Constitutionalism

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 8, 2021. 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
History of Political Thought 2020
Meeting Description: 

Melissa Lane will deliver a talk entitled “Against Tyranny: Freedom and Friendship in Platonic Constitutionalism."

Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and director of the University Center for Human Values (on leave in 2020-21 as Old Dominion Research Professor in the Humanities Council, Princeton University). She is also an associated faculty member in the Department of Classics and the Department of Philosophy at Princeton. She is co-convenor of the Climate Futures Initiative, supported over time by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and serves on the executive committee of Princeton's Program in Classical Philosophy. She has served as a trustee of Princeton University Press, chairing its editorial board in 2018-19, and on the Climate Change Working Group of the Social Sciences Research Council. She was awarded a 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize at Princeton University. Melissa Lane has received a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in the field of classics, in 2018 she served as the Lucy Shoe Merritt Scholar in Residence (American Academy in Rome), she is currently the Langford Scholar, Department of Classics, Florida State University, for academic year 2020-2021, and will be the Isaiah Berlin Lecturer at Oxford University in 2022-23, delivering a set of Berlin Lectures in Trinity Term 2023. Other 2020-21 activities include, among others, a virtual lecture on the topic of her book Eco-Republic, recorded for the Festival del Classico, il Circolo dei lettori, Torino (Turin), accompanied by an interview in La Stampa, and an interview on "Solitude and Social Distancing" on the podcast “The Human Context" of the Denver Center for Humanistic Inquiry (https://anchor.fm/dphi/episodes/Solitude--Social-Distancing-eesjkg/a-a2f...). Other recent public contributions include periodic participation in the BBC Radio Four series 'In Our Time' with Melvyn Bragg, most recently discussing Cicero's political philosophy; a reflection on "Teaching Plato in the Pandemic" published online at https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/06/05/teaching-plato-pandemic; and a contribution to public philosophy on the relevance of the ancient Greek idea of anarchia (anarchy) at: https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2021/02/why-donald-trump-was-ultimate....

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