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***POSTPONED***2020 Jack Paynter Lecture featuring Dr. Susan Collins

Monday, March 23, 2020 5:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Susan Collins

Location: Kellogg Center

Link: https://2020paynterlecture.eventbrite.com

NOTE: This lecture is cancelled for March 23 

Please join us for the 2020 Jack Paynter Lecture as we welcome Dr. Susan Collins, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Notre Dame, as she presents "The Spartans and the Ancient Regime: Political Order in a World of War"

Although a talk about the Spartans may seem a natural for Michigan State, contemporary scholars looking for models of good government among the ancient regimes are unlikely to take their bearings from Classical Sparta. In earlier eras, however, many thinkers admired the good order, civic virtue, and freedom of the Spartan regime, all of which they connected with its success in managing internal conflict and external war. This talk examines the reasons for this admiration across the history of thought, the challenge that the Spartan regime poses especially for the classical political philosophers, and the ways in wich a consideration of this regime can inform problems of political order today.


Susan Collins is Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in Ancient Political Philosophy, and book review editor of the Review of Politics. Her teaching and research range the history of political thought.  Her most recent book is a translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, with Robert Bartlett (University of Chicago, 2011), including notes, glossary, and interpretive essay. She is also the author of Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship (Cambridge 2006), co-author and translator of Empire and the Ends of Politics: Plato’s “Menexenus” and Pericles’ Funeral Oration (Focus 1999), and co-editor of Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle (SUNY 1999). Her other publications include peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and review essays. She is currently working on a book-length study of the Spartan regime in classical political philosophy, a project that was awarded a 2018 fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Before joining Notre Dame in fall 2013, Collins held a joint appointment in Political Science and the Honors College at the University of Houston.  She was a recipient of the Provost Excellence in Teaching in the Core Curriculum and, in 2012, was awarded the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair. In the Honors College, she was the founding director of the interdisciplinary undergraduate program, Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics.


Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 pm, with the lecture scheduled to begin around 6:00 pm. Parking is available at the Kellogg Center parking ramp. Follow the parking ramp bridge into the Kellogg Center and the Lincoln Room is to the right once you enter.

For more information about the Jack Paynter Endowed Lecture, please click HERE

Questions? Contact JMC Events Coordinator Justin Burkett at burket16@msu.edu or 517-353-3381.