Mitsotakis Chair at Stanford University to Speak at UNH

Dr. Josiah Ober to Deliver Lecture for John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series:
"What is Democracy? What is it Good for?"

(Durham, NH)--The Advisory Board of the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series announces an upcoming lecture at the University of New Hampshire by Dr. Josiah Ober of Stanford University. The holder of the Constantine Mitsotakis Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences and the Chair of the Department of Political Science there, Dr. Ober will deliver a lecture on democracy in Durham on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:30pm in the Richards Auditorium of Murkland Hall. "What is Democracy? What is it Good for?" is the title of the distinguished speaker's talk. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ober divides his time and academic appointment between the Departments of Classics and Political Science, and holds a courtesy appointment in Philosophy. He writes and teaches courses on various topics conjoining Greek history, classical philosophy, and political theory and practice. Ober is the author of many books for both academic and popular audiences. The most rcent of these is Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens, which was published by Princeton University Press in 2008. In addition to his ongoing work on the theory of democracy and the politics of knowledge and innovation, he is developing a project on the world of the Greek city-states and other extensive ecologies of states.

On the following afternoon (3:40-5:00pm, Rm. 127, Hamilton-Smith Hall, UNH, Durham), in conjunction with Dr. Ober's visit, Dr. Adrienne Mayor will deliver a lecture titled, "The Poison King: Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy." A research scholar in Classics and the History of Science, Dr. Mayor is the author of several books, including The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy, which was a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award.

For more information about the Rouman lecture series which has been bringing extraordinary scholars to Durham for more than one decade, visit or or call 603-82-3522.

(Posting date 01 October 2010)

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