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Feeney to give first talk in President's Lecture Series

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, 4:30 p.m. Friend Center, Room 101

Denis Feeney, a Princeton professor of classics, will deliver the first talk in this year's President's Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Friend Center, Room 101.

Feeney will present a lecture titled "Wormholes and Time Machines on the Site of Virgil's Rome." In Virgil's epic "Aeneid," the Trojan hero Aeneas tours the site of Rome centuries before the city is founded. Feeney will discuss how the resulting contrast between "then" and "now" illuminates how Virgil and his Roman audience imagine the movement of history and the destiny of their city and its monuments.

Feeney's talk is the first of three scheduled for this year's President's Lecture Series. Nolan McCarty, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, will speak on Thursday, Dec. 2, in McCosh Hall, Room 10, followed by a talk by Virginia Zakian, the Harry C. Wiess Professor in the Life Sciences, on Thursday, March 24, in Friend 101. Both lectures will be held at 4:30 p.m.

The 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; viewing information will be available on the Webmedia site.

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