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March 4, 2004

Visiting Scholar To Speak On Plato's Protagoras March 11 At UI

A leading scholar of literary criticism and history will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 11 as a guest of the departments of classics and of rhetoric in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Andrew Ford, professor of classics at Princeton University, will deliver the annual Roger Hornsby Lecture, speaking on "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time (ca. 430 B.C.): Reflections on Plato's Protagoras." His presentation begins at 4 p.m. in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall and will be followed by a reception.

Ford has taught and published widely in Greek poetry and prose from Homer through the classical age. The focus of his research has been the history of literary criticism, especially as this involves questions of reception and social dimensions of literary history. He has published numerous scholarly articles and two books, "Homer: The Poetry of the Past" and "The Origins of Criticism: Literary Culture and Poetic Theory in Classical Greece."

The book on Homer received a Choice Award for "Outstanding Academic Book" in 1993, and in 1995 Ford's article, "Protagoras' Head," won the Gildersleeve Prize from the Johns Hopkins University Press for the best article of the year in the American Journal of Philology. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a doctorate from Yale University.

Hornsby, an emeritus professor of classics, taught at the UI from 1954 to 1991. A former student endowed an annual lecture in his name and that of another classics professor Erling Holtsmark. The name of the lecture alternates each year between the two emeritus professors.

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