Yannis Simonides, Actor
November 13, 2019 · 7:00 pm—9:00 pm · Murray Theater
Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies
Think. Question. Change. Plato’s timeless classic The Apology of Socrates will unfold in a solo performance-discourse by Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides. Take a seat in the court of ancient Athens as Socrates goes on trial for his life. Hear the philosopher face his accusers with his trademark wit, cutting logic, and the courage of his ideals. Consider his arguments on virtue, justice, politics, corruption, civic duty, love of life and hope in death, and draw your own judgment. Enjoy the post-performance opportunity to discuss with the actor the ramifications of your verdict. This accessible and interactive rendition of Socratic ethics has received great acclaim at the United Nations, the Athens Agora, the NBC TODAY Show, and in close to 500 venues internationally. Leading world universities have combined Socrates NOW with interactive seminars on how Socrates’s ideas apply to society today. All ages are welcome.
Chair: Alexander Nehamas, Humanities, Philosophy, Comparative Literature
Melissa Lane, Politics and the University Center for Human Values
Hendrik Lorenz, Philosophy
Ben Morison, Philosophy
Supported by The Andrés Mata Foundation and co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Department of Classics
This event is part of the Being Human Festival 2019 of the Humanities Council.