How to Keep Your Cool - 92Y, New York

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How to Keep Your Cool

James Romm
How to Keep Your Cool

In his essay “On Anger,” the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca argues that anger is the most destructive passion.

This lecture, from James Romm, editor, translator, and Professor of Classics at Bard College offers us a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger. It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it would bring vast benefits to individuals and society.

Seneca’s thoughts on anger have never been more relevant than today, when uncivil discourse has increasingly infected public debate. Whether seeking personal growth or political renewal, readers will find, in Seneca’s wisdom, a valuable antidote to the ills of an angry age.

A book signing follows the event.

Instructor

James Romm

James Romm is an author, reviewer and the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College in Annandale, NY. He specializes in ancient Greek and Roman culture and civilization. His reviews and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, the Daily Beast and other venues. He has held the Guggenheim Fellowship (1999-2000), the Birkelund Fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library (2010-11), and a Biography Fellowship at the Leon Levy Center of the City University of New York (2014-15).

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