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Simon Goldhill to Lecture at Honors College

Simon Goldhill, noted authority on Greek Tragedy, to Speak at Honors College and Faculty Seminar

Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge in England, will lecture on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sternberg Salon of the French House at LSU. Co-sponsored by the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College, the newly-formed Center for Collaborative Knowledge, the Modern History Colloquium and the Eric Voegelin Institute, his lecture is titled: “Playing God with Time: Storytelling in Late Antiquity.”  The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Goldhill received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Classics at the University of Cambridge where, in addition to his professorship, he is a Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at King’s College. Since 2011 he has been director of the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge (CRASSH), one of the largest and most active interdisciplinary research institutions in the world. A widely-published author, Dr. Goldhill has received praise for his most recent work, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy (2012), which won the Runciman Prize for best book on a Greek subject. Other works span the topics of staging the Athenian tragedy, the relationship between literature and culture, critical theory and the history of sexuality.

"Simon Goldhill’s passions range from Greek tragedy to Victorian church architecture to the history of Jerusalem,” says Boyd Professor of History Suzanne Marchand. “He is one of those rare scholars who is able to hold all those who encounter his work spellbound by his deep learning, infectious humor and originality of thought. We are extremely fortunate to have the chance to have this world-famous scholar visit our campus.” 

While at LSU Professor Goldhill will also speak to an Honors class, HNRS 2030, “Tragedy and Comedy,” and will lead a faculty seminar on Sophocles’ “Antigone.” 

The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU.  The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.

The Center for Collaborative Knowledge is an initiative planned by faculty and sponsored by the Provost, aiming to simulate creative problem solving, critical thinking, and global engagement among students and faculty at LSU. 

The Modern History Colloquium, organized by Professor Marchand, has brought many leading historians from around the world to speak at the university over a span of nearly twenty years.  

The Eric Voegelin Institute, named for one of LSU’s original Boyd Professors and a scholar of international recognition and acclaim, is a humanities and social science research institute devoted to the revitalization of teaching and understanding of the great works of civilization.


Jacqueline DeRobertis

Ogden Honors College | (225) 578-0083  |


Suzanne Marchand

Boyd Professor of History

LSU Department of History  |  (225) 578-4454  |