SAINT ANDREW'S SOCIETY LECTURE SERIES
William Small of Aberdeen: Thomas Jefferson's Scottish Teacher
presented by Editor, Author and Critic, Nicholas Birns
Thomas Jefferson said that William Small, his Aberdeen-born professor at William and Mary, gave him his first sense of “the system of things in which we are placed.” This very phrase is so redolent of Jefferson’s language in the Declaration of independence to be obvious, and we will use this as a touchstone to explore Small’s possible influence of Jefferson’s thinking in general. We will also, though, discuss Small’s significance in 18th century transatlantic science and his role in the growth of modern biology and physics.
WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2020
WHERE: Online Zoom Event
About the Speaker:
Nicholas Birns is the editor of Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/NZ Literature. He is the author of Understanding Anthony Powell (University of South Carolina Press, 2004) and the co-editor of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 (Camden House, 2007), a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 2008. His Theory After Theory: An Intellectual History of Literary Theory From 1950 to the Early 21st Century appeared from Broadview in 2010. His other books include Barbarian Memory: The Legacy of Early Medieval History in Early Modern Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead (Sydney University Press in 2015). He has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Hollins Critic, Exemplaria, MLQ, and Partial Answers. Nicholas teaches literature courses at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.