Murray Lecture to Discuss Metatheatre in Greek Tragedy

March 10, 2010

Xavier’s Department of Classics’ annual Robert J. Murray lecture series will feature Dr. Francis Dunn on Saturday March 13, at 4:00 pm in the Conaton Board Room located in Schmidt Hall. The lecture “The Stage on Stage: Metatheater in Greek Tragedy” is free and open to the public.

Dunn was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and studied Classics at Yale University. He has taught at North Carolina State University and at Northwestern University, and is now Professor and Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are in classical Greek literature, especially tragedy, and his publications include Tragedy's End: Closure and Innovation in Euripidean Drama (Oxford, 1996) and Present Shock in Late Fifth-century Greece (Michigan, 2007).

The Robert J. Murray Lecture Series, carried on in the spirit of humanities education through these types of programs, is named in honor of Dr. Robert J. Murray, professor of classics (1960-1997), for his many contributions to Xavier University and the Honors Bachelor of Arts program. The program was established in 1948 by William Hetherington, S.J. in an effort to preserve the classical Jesuit liberal arts tradition. Honors A.B. students pursue the study of Latin, Greek and philosophy over four years, in addition to the rest of the Xavier core curriculum.

For more information, call Shannon N. Byrne at 513-745-3456