Acclaimed classics scholar Margaret Williamson to present lecture on March 26 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Margaret Williamson, a professor of classics and comparative literature at Dartmouth, will give the lecture, “The Mirror-Shield of Knowledge:  Classical Allusion and the West Indies,” on Thursday, March 26. Her presentation will begin at 5:30 pm in Sanders Classroom's Spitzer Auditorium (room 212) and is free and open to the public.

Williamson is an acclaimed classicist who specializes in ancient Greek literature and drama. Her book Sappho’s Immortal Daughters, which explores the work of the eponymous celebrated lyric poet of ancient Greece, was well received by scholars. Phoenix, a publication of Classical Association of Canada, described the book as “a bold venture...[that gives] a new reading of some of Sappho’s poetry as politically motivated… [and] not always gendered.” The Classical World similarly praised the book as “a graceful and intriguing analysis of Sappho in her sexual and social context.”

Williamson’s expertise is also shown in her translations of various Greek tragedies for broadcast and theatre companies, including her adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1991 and Sophocles’ Trachiniae for BBC Radio in 1999.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cambridge and doctorate in classics from the University of London. Before joining the faculty at Dartmouth, Williamson worked as director of the classical studies program at the University of Surrey and as a lecturer in classics at Oxford.

This lecture is sponsored by the Departments of Africana Studies, Classics, History, and Women’s Studies. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 5, 2009