Professor Guy Hedreen, Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, will present “The Origin of Species in Empedocles and the Visual Representation of Monsters: A Tale of Two Theories” as part of the annual Faculty Lecture Series. Hedreen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the art of ancient Greece. His courses are interdisciplinary in orientation, touching on literature, religion, mythology, and society as well as the art of antiquity. He also teach the undergraduate course on the history and methodology of art history required of art-history majors.
The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” The current chair of the series is Greg Mitchell, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and chair of the Lecture Committee.
The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The remaining talks will be offered on March 7 and 14. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry and be followed by a reception in Schow Atrium. The events are free and open to the public.