Union League of Anchorage: A Hero’s Education

The Story of the Iliad (1911)

Union League of Anchorage: “Achilles and His Teacher: A Hero’s Education in Homer’s Iliad


What should we carry forward from the past? What should we leave behind? One of the earliest literary texts in the Western tradition, Homer’s Iliad, offers a meditation on these questions in the way it depicts Achilles and his teacher Phœnix. The Union League of Anchorage at the University of Alaska, a JMC partner program, will host Seemee Ali for the final Chartwell Lecture of the academic year on a hero’s education in the Iliad.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 • 7:30 PM
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Lewis E. Haines Meeting Room, 307 • University of Alaska, Anchorage

Free and open to the public

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Seemee AliSeemee Ali is an Associate Professor of English and Great Ideas at Carthage College. Her research interests include epic poetry (Homer, Virgil, Dante), ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, Roman architecture and urban design, and the literature of William Faulkner and Salmon Rushdie. She also enjoys studying the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays. Professor Ali’s most recent essay is titled “Seeing Hera in the Iliad” (Harvard/CHS Research Bulletin, August 2015), and at present, she is working on a book about the Iliad. Professor Ali is a co-founder of a popular Carthage lecture series, The Hannibal Lecture Series, which offers formal discussions focused on Western Heritage texts.

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The Chartwell Lecture Series, named after Winston S. Churchill’s house near Westerham in the English county of Kent, focuses on a wide variety of subjects in the liberal arts. The Series is the successor to the Polaris Lecture Series, founded by Professors Stephen W. Haycox and James W. Muller in the mid-1980s to commemorate the bicentenary of the American Constitution and later broadening its focus to include the full range of subjects in the humanities.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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