Hallie Lecture Focuses on Ancient Greece and Beyond

On Oct. 25, the College of Letters welcomed Greek political philosophy expert Melissa Lane to campus to deliver the 24th annual Philip Hallie Lecture. Lane spoke on "Office and Accountability in Ancient Greece and Beyond." Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where she is also director of the University Center for Human Values, and an associated faculty member in the Departments of Classics and of Philosophy. Previously she taught in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, after receiving there an M.Phil. and PhD in philosophy.

On Oct. 25, the College of Letters welcomed Greek political philosophy expert Melissa Lane to campus to deliver the 24th annual Philip Hallie Lecture. Lane spoke on “Office and Accountability in Ancient Greece and Beyond.” Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where she is also director of the University Center for Human Values, and an associated faculty member in the Departments of Classics and of Philosophy. Previously she taught in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, after receiving there an M.Phil. and PhD in philosophy.

Lane writes largely though not exclusively on ancient Greek political philosophy. Her books include Method and Politics in Plato’s Statesman (Cambridge 1998); Plato’s Progeny (Duckworth 2001); Eco-Republic (Peter Lang 2011 / Princeton 2012); and Greek and Roman Political Ideas (Penguin 2014; revised edition published as The Birth of Politics, Princeton 2015). She was named a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Lane was named a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Tushar Irani, associate professor of philosophy, associate professor of letters, also focuses his research on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. He has interests in questions of philosophical method, the history and practice of rhetoric, ancient Greek and Roman literature, Plato and the history of ethics.

Tushar Irani, associate professor of philosophy, associate professor of letters, introduced Lane to the audience. Irani also focuses his research on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. He has interests in questions of philosophical method, the history and practice of rhetoric, ancient Greek and Roman literature, Plato and the history of ethics.

The Annual Hallie Lecture was created by David Rhodes ‘68 to honor the late professor of philosophy and letters, Philip Hallie.

The Annual Hallie Lecture was created by David Rhodes ‘68 to honor the late professor of philosophy and letters, Philip Hallie.

Wesleyan faculty, staff, students and members of the broader community attended the lecture.

Wesleyan faculty, staff, students and members of the broader community attended the lecture. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)