Mark Edmundson, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will speak on Wednesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall of Fayerweather Hall. The event is open to the Five College Community.
Professor Edmundson is a University Professor and a prize-winning scholar. He has published a number of works of literary and cultural criticism, including "Why Read?"; "Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida"; and "Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference." He has also written for such publications as the New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation and Harper’s, where he is a contributing editor.
In his talk at Amherst, Edmundson will argue that a key part of humanities teaching is to help students encounter ideals. He will focus on three in particular-- compassion, courage and contemplation --and what these three ideals are all about, using classical texts.