A reminder, for those in the Washington area: I’ll be lecturing this Monday, March 17, at Georgetown University. Called “Living with the Dead: Why Cities Need Cemeteries and Nations Need Memorials,” the talk is at 7:00 pm in the ICC auditorium .
Cosponsored by the Tocqueville Forum at Georgetown and National Civic Art Society , the lecture is a specific application to civil architecture and urban design of the work I did in ” Death & Politics ,” the long essay on the centrality of grief to political theory that appeared this summer in First Things . The respondents will be National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia, the New Criterion ‘s Roger Kimball, and the architectural historian Denis McNamara. A reception will follow the lecture, I’m told, and the event is open to the public.
C-SPAN may be taping the lecture, for those who unable to attend, but come if you can.