Tuesday, October 25

Performing Scholasticism: Ars Disputandi and the Medieval Public Sphere

Nina Maria Gorrissen Lecture 

The world of academia, whether medieval or modern, has long provided humorists with an image of ridicule: stodgy professors instilling recondite knowledge to perplexed students. In his Academy lecture, Alex Novikoff breathes new life into the world of scholastic discourse and argues that the world of university debates is a good deal more live and entertaining than has been assumed. »

Monday, October 31

Life without Authority: Generational Politics in West Africa

Siemens Lecture 

Nigeria is a towering presence in Africa: one in every five Africans is a Nigerian; its economy is the largest on the continent. Nigeria is also one of the world’s major oil producers and is usually identified as a middle-income country. »