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Nehamas to present final President's Lecture

Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 101 Friend Center

In the final talk in this year's President's Lecture Series, philosopher and literary scholar Alexander Nehamas will examine representations of friendship in art and literature at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in 101 Friend Center.

Nehamas' lecture, titled "'Because It Was He, Because It Was I': The Good of Friendship," will explore the difficulty of portraying friendship and its value in works of art, especially the novel. He will address this subject through a variety of works, including the writings of philosophers Aristotle and Montaigne, literary works such as Yasmina Reza's play "Art" and films such as "Thelma and Louise."

Nehamas is the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature. His interests include Greek and European philosophy, philosophy of art and literary theory.

The President's Lecture Series was started by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines to learn about the work others are doing in a variety of fields. The talks will be webcast; for viewing information, visit

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