The 2013 Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies
will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Literary critic and philosopher Martin Puchner
of Harvard University will deliver the talk entitled "Theater and Philosophy: Socrates on the Modern Stage" at 7:30 pm in Gerrard Hall. A question and answer session, reception and book signing follow the lecture. This year's Reckford Lecture is part of The Rite of Spring at 100
, a year-long initiative and collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts.
Both the afternoon discussion and the evening lecture will be streamed live from this website. Please check back at the time of the events for information on how to access the video.
Theater and Philosophy: Socrates on the Modern Stage
The Rite of Spring exemplifies a form of modernism based on ritual, primitivism and the body. In this lecture, Puchner aims to confront it with a tradition of modern theater focused on the drama of ideas. This second tradition begins with Plato and covers a large number of writers and thinkers committed to combining theater and philosophy.
Historical Avant-Gardes and Futurism
In addition to the evening lecture, Puchner will participate in a discussion on historical avant-gardes and futurism, drawing specifically from his book Poetry of the Revolution
. This forum will take place on February 21 from 4-5:30 pm in the Hyde Hall University Room and is also free and open to the public. The reading to prepare for this conversation is available HERE
Puchner's writing and research focuses on world literature, drama, modernism, literature and philosophy. He is the founding director of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University and is the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012) and the Norton Anthology of Western Literature (2013).
The Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies
UNC Classics Professor Kenneth J. Reckford established the lecture series in 1990 to honor his wife, Mary Stevens Reckford. The lecture is designed to appeal to educated lay people, rather than specialists. Speakers are asked to provide “pleasure, instruction, an interdisciplinary approach and a sense of shared humanity.”
A graduate of Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary Reckford took graduate courses at UNC through the Evening College for five years, studying such topics as Renaissance intellectual history, St. Augustine, sixteenth-century English literature, Arthurian literature, the Mediterranean world in the sixteenth century, and the history of science from the late-medieval period through the eighteenth century. She was mother to the Reckford’s five children, Rachel, Joseph, Jonathan, Sam and Sarah.