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Events
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 4 – 5:30pmSproul Hall
Modern Chinese Poetry: Translation and Language with Lucy Li Cao

Comparative Literature Colloquium Series
"Modern Chinese Poetry: Translation and Language"

Lucy Li Cao
Associate Professor of Translation Studies, Beijing Institute of Technology
Visiting Fellow, UC Davis Department of Comparative Literature

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 5 – 6:30pmSproul Hall

Johannes Björk
Editor, Paletten Art Journal

"Workers Writing Crisis: A Non-programmatic History of Swedish Workers' Literature in Times of Crises"

Co-sponsored by Critical Theory and English

Friday, February 1, 2019 | 4 – 5:30pmSproul Hall
Classics Lecture: "Aponia and Ataraxia in the Proem to Book 2 of Lucretius’ De rerum natura"

Chris Eckerman
Associate Professor, University of Oregon

In the De rerum natura, at 2.7-8, Lucretius references ‘holding serene temples’ (tenere..templa serena). Scholars have previously suggested that this refers to holding onto symbolic temples of philosophy. That is to say, scholars have assumed that Lucretius hereby encourages us to live philosophical lives. Dr. Eckerman argues that ‘holding serene temples’ refers to keeping peaceful minds (i.e. practicing ataraxia). While the proem has regularly been read as a non-Epicurean ‘purple passage,’ Dr. Eckerman poses that Lucretius develops mainstream Epicurean doctrine. This talk is a contribution toward studies of the peacefulness and calm-mindedness that Epicureanism advocates.

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