“Aristotle vs. Trump: How well does classical rhetoric hold up in the age of the Tweet?” with Professor Ford
11:30am: Mix and Mingle (Cash Bar)
12:00pm: Lunch, Annual Meeting & Speaker
Join your fellow Club members for the Annual Meeting. Great food, drink and camaraderie with your fellow Princetonians awaits! There will be a brief business meeting, including the election of Directors and Officers. A highlight of the Annual Meeting each year is the presentation by our dashing and debonair Alumni Schools Chairman, Clay Brooker ’91, of the Junior Book Awards to outstanding high school students from our area. We are also thrilled to welcome Professor Andrew Ford, Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature & Professor of Classics, as he enlightens us with a talk entitled, "Aristotle vs. Trump: How well does classical rhetoric hold up in the age of the Tweet?”. Professor Ford has inspired generations of Princetonians to study Classics not just as a major, but a lifelong pursuit. Since joining the Princeton faculty in 1987, Professor Ford has been one of the most popular and dynamic professors on the Princeton Campus. He has taught and published widely in Greek poetry and prose from Homer through the classical age. The focus of his research has been the history of literary criticism, especially as this involves questions of reception and social dimensions of literary history. He has published books on Homer: The Poetry of the Past and The Origins of Criticism: Literary Culture and Poetic Theory in Classical Greece, in addition to articles on these aspects of Greek literature, including “Protagoras’ Head” inAJP 115 (1994), awarded the Gildersleeve Prize. Professor Ford has a BA from Cornell and a Ph.D from Yale.
Professor Ford comments, "My interests are in archaic and classical Greek literature, both prose and poetry, from Homer through Aristotle. Though I am always interested in delineating the specific formal and aesthetic features of ancient works, I approach texts through what I call literary history, which I conceive broadly to include the material, institutional and poetological contexts within which works of art emerge and are received. My first book, Homer: the poetry of the past, set out the idea of poetry in Homeric epic, setting the poems' statements about song and singers in the light of traditional oral performance traditions of early Greece. My next book, The Origins of Criticism, then followed up the story through the classical age and the fourth century in particular, when I argued that Greek criticism fully assumed for the first time the aims, vocabulary and conceptual apparatus that made it useful for the Romans and still useful today. Most recently, I have been integrating my knowledge of the state of criticism in a given period and place with works of art from that place, as in Aristotle as Poet and articles on choral odes of Euripides' Helen and on the "new" dithyramb (forthcoming). Classical lyric, along with Homer, bulks large in my current research."
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