Center for Advanced Study Millercomm 2018. Headshots of three statues of men.

Talk: “Gravitas: Qualities of Leadership” by Richard Saller

Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series

The Latin term gravitas embraces a wide variety of characteristics: the capacity to be worthy of honor and esteem, political responsibility and accountability, social rank, the attainments of grandeur and office. In our current political and cultural climate, when traditional leadership roles are being challenged or redefined, what can we learn from the Romans’ own understanding of leadership and its attributes? And how can we extend that understanding in ways suitable to our own multicultural, multi-ethnic society, in which women play powerful (if still contested and hard-won) roles? Indeed, how do we exercise leadership as citizens and as members of this prominent land-grant university, celebrating its proud sesquicentennial this year?

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the Department of History in conjunction with the College of Business, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Department of Computer Science, Department of Economics, Department of Mathematics, Department of the Classics, Program in Medieval Studies, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, and the Spurlock Museum.

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