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The World Languages Forum is pleased to announce a public lecture by Emily O’Brock (Calvin alum, PhD candidate NYU) on the topic “The Apian Sacramenta: Virgilian Bees, Logos, and the Easter Vigil.” Emily will examine the symbolism of the Easter tradition of lighting a beeswax candle on Holy Saturday by going back to Virgil’s poetry as well as medieval imagery of busy bees as models of Christian practice. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Limited seating will be available in SC 150 (registration through the Department of World Languages, HH 427 required). 

You are also invited to attend this lecture on TEAMS through this link. If you have the TEAMS app, just click on the link, then select the “Open in TEAMS” app tab. If not, just open the link in your browser and join the meeting as a guest.

About the Speaker
Emily O’Brock is a doctoral candidate in French Literature at New York University. Under the direction of Sarah Kay, she is completing her dissertation titled, ‘If Small Things Can Be Compared to Great’: the Symbolic Ecology of the Honeybee in Medieval France. Emily was awarded both the Chateaubriand and the Georges Lurcy Fellowships in 2018-19 to complete manuscript and archival research in France and she is also a member of the 9th cohort of the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program. Emily graduated from Calvin in 2011 with a double major in French and English and a minor in Gender Studies.

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