The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

Can lessons from ancient Rome help resolve contemporary political struggles? While many historians are skeptical given Rome's history of conquest, slavery, and autocratic rule, classicist Joy Connolly suggests that the Roman example paves the way toward lively, civil discourse on hot-button issues. Connolly proposes that Roman thinkers, especially Cicero, can help us better understand our political values and talk with one another across personal affiliations. While the Roman republic was not a democracy, its politics offers a surprisingly useful model in a new age of polarization, truthiness, and social media.

About Joy Connolly
Joy Connolly is the provost and senior vice president at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. Before joining the Graduate Center in August 2016, Connolly was the dean for the humanities and professor of Classics at New York University. Her research focuses on Roman ideas about aesthetics, communication, ethics and political action, particularly as they relate to the 18th century and the contemporary world. Her first book, The State of Speech: Rhetoric and Political Thought in Ancient Rome, examined the role of communication in Roman ideals of citizenship. The Life of Roman Republicanism analyzed key themes in Roman thought: freedom, recognition, antagonism, self-knowledge, irony, and imagination. Along with scholarly articles and book chapters, she has written reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Check in begins at 12:00 p.m., and the auditorium opens at 12:30 p.m. with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m. Please note that some galleries are currently closed as we reinstall the collection in a new presentation. Click here for details.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.