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Dean’s Lecture Opens Academic Year at St. John’s
FOR RELEASE: August 5, 2009
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410-626-2539
Michael Dink, dean of St. John’s College, will open the college’s academic year by delivering the first lecture in the college’s Friday-night series. The college’s dean traditionally delivers the first Friday-night lecture at the beginning of the academic year. Mr. Dink’s lecture, “Molière’s ‘Le Misanthrope,’” will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, August 28, at 8:15 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
“In Molière’s comedy, “Le Misanthrope,” the title character is angry at his peers in society for their practice of an insincerity that makes it impossible for praise and blame to be assigned in proportion to virtue and vice,” says Mr. Dink. “In addition, the title character is angry at the woman he is courting, because she refuses to confirm her private indication of her preference for him with a public declaration.” In his lecture Mr. Dink will seek to clarify the relationship between these two angers, in addition to asking how the play functions as a comedy.
Mr. Dink is entering his final year of a five-year term as dean. He has been a member of the St. John’s faculty for 30 years. He holds a bachelor’s from St. John’s and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.