To the Editors:
was amused and not a little surprised when a photographer —
I assume from the Review — attended my guest lecture last
week for the Women’s Studies Brown Bag Lecture series on Nov.
1. At last, I thought to myself, feminist classical scholarship
is receiving the sort of attention from the media that it so richly
I am, however, even more amused and bewildered by the photo on pg.
3 of the 11/8 review, captioned: “Kirk Ormand Guest Lecture:
Students attend a guest lecture (Photo by Jonathan Solars).”
(An aside: Do you think you could be a bit more informative in your
captions? You may as well have just written, “Students sit
at desks; Television in background.” But I digress.) You see,
the picture is not, so far as I can tell, of my lecture. The man
sitting at the table, evidently the lecturer, bears little relation
to me, and I don’t recognize any of the students in the photo
either. For the record, I look much more like an ostrich than the
man in the photo, and I tend to lecture (as I did on Nov. 1) while
standing up, and flailing my arms in an animated fashion. Think
of the robot in the original Lost in Space (“Danger, Will
Robinson, Danger!”) and you’ll have a much more accurate
picture. I just thought somebody should set the record straight.
Department of Classics