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McClelland, Goldman to Discuss ‘What Can We Learn from Herodotus & Thucydides?’ March 17

Posted on February 28, 2011 in: Academics, Alumni, Events
(Left to right) Richard McClelland, associate professor of philosophy; and Andrew Goldman, associate professor of history.

(From left to right) Richard McClelland, associate professor of philosophy; and Andrew Goldman, associate professor of history.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University Professors Andrew Goldman and Richard McClelland will discuss “What Can We Learn from Herodotus and Thucydides” from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 17 in the Jepson Center Wolff Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This event is another installment of the popular “What Can We Learn?” series co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences and Gonzaga philosophy Professor Wayne Pomerleau in his capacity as the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities. Goldman is an associate professor of history and chair of the classical civilizations department; McClelland is an associate professor of philosophy.

The ancient Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides are often referred to as the first historical writers in Western civilization. Herodotus wrote about the wars between Persia and Greece while Thucydides is known most for his writings about the Greek civil war between Athens and Sparta.

This marks the seventh consecutive year of this lecture series coordinated by Pomerleau. The series focuses on the current relevance and significance of the ideas from great thinkers of the past. The series has focused on historical figures including: Socrates, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, William James, William Shakespeare, Jean-Paul Sartre,  and Albert Camus, Confucius and Lao Tzu, and John Muir and Aldo Leopold.

For more information, please contact Professor Pomerleau at (509) 313-6750 or via e-mail.

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