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Campus Events: E. Christian Kopff

October 14, 2013


On Friday, George Fox will be welcoming the Associate Professor of Classics from the University of Colorado, E. Christian Kopff, to speak on the subject of “Why America Needs the Classical Tradition.”

As summed up on the George Fox website, Kopff will address the importance of what was valued thousands of years ago and why it is still relevant in today’s digital and globalizing age. He will share how American values and progress are still heavily influenced by the tradition of Mediterranean, Roman, Hebrew, and Greek civilizations.

This lecture is the third in a series promoting the importance of the liberal arts in connection to the upcoming William Penn Honors Program at George Fox. The series is reflective of the Honors Program’s commitment to intellectual conversation and engagement. The program itself will be based on a curriculum of classical texts and discussion of their relevance.

Kopff, erudite in classical texts, has taught at the University of Colorado for the past thirty years. He has also spent some time teaching and studying in Rome and has written numerous scholarly articles and reviews.

The presentation will be held in the Hoover Academic Building in room 105, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information about the William Penn Honors Program, visit, and for more about E. Christian Kopff, visit

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