Sigmund H. Danziger Jr Distinguished Lecture in Literature 2017-18

Marina Warner on "Sanctuary: Dido's Future"

5pm, 1st March 2018 in Social Science Research 122 (1126 E 59th Street)

The annual Sigmund H. Danziger Jr Distinguished Lecture in Literature will be given by Marina Warner, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London on Thursday 1st March on the following topic:

"Sanctuary: Dido's Future."

Dido, the dying Queen of Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid, looks into the future to see the destiny of Aeneas and his descendants, and curses them. What can Dido's story tell us about race and conflict in the Mediterranean?

A reception will follow.

All are welcome to attend. Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in the event should contact Kathy Fox at kfox@uchicago.edu in advance.


In March 1987 Robert S. Danziger, MD 1980, endowed a fund in honor of his father Sigmund H. Danziger Jr., AB 1937, an inveterate reader and student of the classics. To this was added a gift from a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities with the object of bringing to campus "an established scholar of classical literature, who has made substantial contributions to the critical analysis of classical literature, or has been exceptionally skilled at inspiring an appreciation for classical literature." Over the years the prestige of this annual event led to a widening interpretation of the term "classical literature" and while classicists such as Sir Kenneth Dover, Charles Segal and Simon Goldhill have numbered among the Danzigers, so have early modern scholars Natalie Zemon Davis, Joan DeJean, and Mary Poovey, Hindi literary specialist David Schulman, philosopher and historian of science Ian Hacking.