Emily Wilson, the first woman to publish an English translation of Homer’s Odyssey in 2018 to huge acclaim, and who recently released her translation of The Iliad, will deliver the 10th Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture.

“Re-Translating Homer: Why it Matters” will take place in Alumni Hall at the University of King’s College on March 6, 2024.

Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She attended Oxford University (Balliol College B.A. in Classics and Corpus Christi College M.Phil. in Renaissance English Literature) and Yale University (Ph.D. in Classics and Comparative Literature). She has been named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship, a MacArthur Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow.





About the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture

Fred and Elizabeth Fountain and their daughter Katharine established the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture in 2011 to honour Alex, who died in August 2009. This exceptional gift to the college enables the King’s student body to invite a speaker of their choosing to the university each year. Previous lecturers include author Michael Ondaatje, Governor General Michaëlle Jean, Cree artist Kent Monkman and experimental vocalist, artist and author Tanya Tagaq.

The Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture is a public lecture at King’s. Seating priority is given for students, with a livestream to an overflow room.

King’s alumni can access the livestream by registering below. Please register by 4 p.m. AST on March 6, 2024. 

Registration for the livestream is now closed.