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Sir Geoffrey Lloyd to give 2009-10 Lorenz Eitner Lecture


Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd will give the annual Lorenz Eitner Lecture on November 18th. More details about the event are available here. Lloyd is Senior Scholar in Residence at the Needham Research Institute. He was Professor of Classics at Cambridge University until his retirement in 2000. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1983, to Honorary Foreign Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995, and to the International Academy for the History of Science in 1997.  He was knighted for "services to the history of thought" in 1997 and received the Kenyon Medal for Classical scholarship from the British Academy in 2007. He has edited or published more than 20 books, including, most recently, Cognitive Variations: Reflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind (Oxford 2007), Principles and Practices in Ancient Greek and Chinese Science (Variorum 2006), and The Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece, China and Today (Duckworth 2005).


The Lorenz Eitner lecture series was founded to publicize Classics and classical scholarship to a wider public. The series has been endowed by Peter and Lindsay Joost, great friends and benefactors of Stanford Classics, in honor of the late Lorenz Eitner, director of Stanford’s art museum, now known as the Cantor Center, in the 1960s-80s. He also chaired what was then the Department of Art and Architecture and was a distinguished expert of French Romantic painting, and the author of a dozen books on art and art history. In naming these annual lectures after him, we honor the memory of a renowned scholar, teacher and writer who oversaw the expansion of our art museum to a leading regional art collection.