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Peter Pazzaglini
Peter Pazzaglini
Senior Scholar at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University
On Friendship
On Friendship
Life can be dangerous and unpredictable, although the world eventually breaks everyone, according to Hemingway, some of us become strong in the broken places, or, to borrow a tai chi image, we learn to bend like blades of grass in the wind. As we bend in the wind, we rely on others, and form friendships--from which we grow from and find strength. In this talk, Pazzaglini will review some historical perspectives on friendship from classical and modern texts, looking at how friendship relates to suffering, self-knowledge, self-love, and the human heart.
Lillie's
249 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019, USA
Bio
Peter Pazzaglini was as a consultant in medieval legal history to the Library of Congress for over a decade. He has worked at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford. His publications include a book on the use of the criminal ban in thirteenth-century Siena and Italy, a guide to consilia, or printed editions of medieval European legal briefs, in the United States, which has now become a standard reference work on the subject for law school libraries internationally. As a Senior Scholar at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, he has taught undergraduates in the Columbia Core for many years as well as advanced, interdisciplinary seminars in the Humanities. He has been consistently rated among the top University instructors.