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Josiah Ober to Discuss the Rise and Fall of Classical Greece

What: Josiah Ober will deliver the Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, Culture, and History. By applying novel approaches to newly available data, Ober will discuss how the rise of classical Greece was the result of political breakthroughs and economic development. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow in the Grand Room in Hallden Hall’s North Wing.

When: Monday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: McCook Auditorium on the Trinity College campus, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, Connecticut

Background: Ober is the Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor in Honor of Constantine Mitsotakis, Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University. He works on historical institutionalism and political theory, discussing the political thought and practice of the ancient Greek world and its contemporary relevance. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota.

Ober is the author of many books, including Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical AthensAthenian Legacies: Essays on the Politics of Going on TogetherPolitical Dissent in Democratic Athens: Intellectual Critics of Popular Ruleand Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People. His book The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece will be available in May. 

The Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, Culture, and History is an outgrowth of a fund established in 1996 in her memory by friends, family, and her husband, Joseph F. Wassong, Jr. ’59. The annual lecture features members of Trinity’s faculty and guest scholars in alternating years. The lecturers are from various academic disciplines, and their topics range from antiquity to the present day. This year’s event marks the 18th Wassong Memorial Lecture.


For more information, please contact Trinity’s Office of Donor Relations at (860) 297-2010. For media inquiries, please contact Julia Chianelli, director of advancement communications, at (860) 297-4278 or, or James Sargent, communications associate, at (860) 297-2140

Earlier Event: March 13
CANE Annual Meeting
Later Event: May 16
Class-Conn Meet-Up