Professor Neil Price begins prestigious Messenger Lectures Series at Cornell University

Professor Neil Price begins prestigious Messenger Lectures Series at Cornell University

The author of the critically acclaimed book The Viking Way has been invited by Cornell University to hold a series of Messenger Lectures, open to the public and faculty at their Ithaca campus in upstate New York.

Professor Neil Price of the Department of Archaeology has been invited by Cornell University to hold a series of Messenger Lectures, open to the public and faculty at their Ithaca campus in upstate New York. In September 2012 he will speak there on the theme of ‘The Viking Mind’, and during his week-long visit will also give a number of seminars for Cornell postgraduates.

The Messenger Lectures on the Evolution of Civilisation, to give them their full title, are among the most prestigious of their kind in the academic world. They were established in 1924 under a donation from the mathematician Hiram Messenger and have as their purpose “to provide a course of lectures on the evolution of civilization, for the special purpose of raising the moral standards of our political, business and social life”. Originally given by one lecturer each year, since 1960 the Messengers have been held each semester, with two speakers per annum. Messenger Scholars are appointed from all disciplines and from any country in the world; previous lecturers have included Bronislaw Malinowski, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, Edward O. Wilson, Edward Said, Jürgen Habermas and Bruno Latour.

Professor Price is the first Messenger Scholar to have been invited from Aberdeen, and the third from Scotland; he is the eighth archaeologist to present the lectures.

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