31 May 2022 Start
31 May 2022 End
5:00PM - 7:00PM Time
UK Institute of Classical Studies Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU


After “Lights Out”: Studying Classics in a World War II Internment Camp

Wednesday, May 31, 2022

On Wednesday 31 May 2022 Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer (UNC Chapel Hill) will deliver the Institute of Classical Studies’ Dorothy Tarrant Lecture:

“After Lights Out”: Studying Classics in a World War II Internment Camp

This paper investigates how exile and detention affected the lives of two young German Jews who would eventually become prominent classicists in the US: Martin Ostwald and Thomas Rosenmeyer. Piecing together information from original documents (diaries, telegrams, letters) about their life in internment camps in Canada during the early years of the war, Rosenmeyer shows how these two, educated in humanistic high schools in Germany, (re-)turned to classical learning for comfort and inspiration in the face of physical and spiritual crises.

The lecture will take place at 5pm in Senate House and will be followed by a drinks reception. Everyone is welcome, but attendees are asked to book in advance ( so that notification can be sent about any change of venue.