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Jesuit discusses Aesop and classical tradition in United States

Gregory Carlson, S.J., from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley speaking Nov. 5

11/03/05

Gregory I. Carlson, S.J., rector of the Jesuit communities at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley is delivering the talk, "Dumb Bunnies and Wise Asses: Aesop and the Classical Tradition in the U.S.A." on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room located on the second floor of Schmidt Hall.

Originally from Milwaukee, Carlson’s education includes a Classical B.A. and M.A. in Greek and Latin from St. Louis University, as well as a D. Phil. from Heidelberg. He was an associate professor of classics at Holy Cross College and Creighton University. He held the Jesuit Chair at Georgetown University and the Miller Chair at John Carroll University, and was president of the Vergilian Society.


While at Creighton, the Jesuit community donated to the university the Carlson Fable Collection, which numbers more than 5,000 volumes of fables and some 4,000 objects presenting fables. Carlson has written and lectured on Homer, Greek tragedy, Vergil, Horace, Catullus, Aesop and Phaedrus.

Carlson’s talk is part of Xavier’s John W. Rettig Lecture Series, which is named in honor of classics professor John W. Rettig (1968-1996) for his exemplary work on behalf of Xavier, the department of classics and the Honors Bachelor of Arts program. The Honors Bachelor of Arts 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 for four years, in addition to completing Xavier‘s core curriculum. This lecture series carries on the spirit of humanities education represented by these programs.

This event is sponsored by the department of classics, the Honors Bachelor of Arts program, and the office of the academic vice president and provost. A reception follows the talk.