Mary Beard

Before Mary Beard came along, no one would consider the classics entertainment. But with a popular blog, “A Don’s Life,” and regular appearances on television, Beard has made a space for Ancient Rome in our popular discourse. When she’s not sharing new insights into Pompeii, she’s busy leading the charge against online harassment—fearlessly calling out Twitter trolls with a rare deftness and generosity. Join this Cambridge University faculty for a rare stateside appearance where she’ll discuss her research and share her perspective on being a 21st-century feminist scholar.

Beard is the author of the best-selling The Fires of Vesuvius and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard gave the Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. She lives in England.

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