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LITERATURE | Stephen Greenblatt 

Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt is an author, leading figure of the New Historicism — literary criticism that emphasizes the historic and cultural context of a text — and one of the most influential writers on Shakespeare and early modern culture.

Greenblatt will visit the University of Rochester Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31, to lecture and participate in workshops and group discussions with the campus community. On Thursday, October 30, at 4 p.m., Greenblatt will give a public keynote lecture, "Lucretius and the Toleration of Intolerable Ideas," based on ideas introduced in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern." Greenblatt's visit is part of the 2014 installment of the University's Ferrari Humanities Symposia titled, "Breakthroughs, Blind Spots, and Disruptive Ideas."

This lecture will take place in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees library (University of Rochester River Campus), and will be streamed live at That same day Greenblatt will participate in a discussion about the place of the humanities in liberal arts institutions at 1:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room. On Friday, October 31, he will take part in a presentation with Rochester faculty titled "King Lear and Extreme Old Age" in Schlegel Hall Room 207 at 10 a.m. All three talks are free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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