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2007 Stony Brook School Humanities Conference: Keynote

Why Byzantium Matters

Lars Brownworth

This keynote address was delivered at the Stony Brook School's Humanities Conference in June of 2007. Lars discusses some of the lessons that can be learned from Byzantine history and hence why study of this seemingly esoteric topic should be taught in Western classrooms.
Our apologies for the quality of the recording as we didn't have professional recording equipment available at the time.

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  • Gustavo Fonseca
  • Alex Cornwall
  • Ernest Lin
  • Chris Muller
  • Brian Wooton
  • MD Lahey
  • Peter M Howell
  • Pedro Ceron
  • Stephen Patrick
  • Rena Down
  • Tom Tedeschi
  • David Looney
  • Louis Chios
  • Samuel Ryskind
  • William Niedenthal

Once to every man and nation,
comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
for the good or evil side;
Some great cause,
some great decision,
offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever,
'twixt that darkness and that light.
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"In dreams begin responsibilities."
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