VIDEO: Gikandi Explores Relationship Between Subject, Aesthetics, and Ethics in Art

February 19, 2019

On Wednesday, February 13, Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English and 2018-19 Old Dominion Research Professor, delivered the second lecture in the Old Dominion Public Lecture Series entitled “On Art and Suffering.”

In his talk, Gikandi invited the audience to explore the question of the human condition and the role of aesthetic representation. Do works of art help us understand the tragic experiences of others, or are they always complicitous with the afflictions that they seek to represent?

Watch the video here.

The third Old Dominion Public Lecture entitled “Seven Types of Fiction in Historical Narrative: Or, Why You Cannot Trust Herodotus or Thucydides” will be delivered by Michael Flower on Wednesday, March 13 at 4:30 PM in 010 East Pyne.

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