University of Montreal professor to give talk on friendship

Eric Mechoulan, a professor in the Department of French Literature at the Universite de Montreal, will deliver a talk on friendship March 6 at the University of Maine.

Mechoulan’s talk, “On Friendship: A brief history of the concept from Aristotle to Facebook,” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space at the IMRC Center in Stewart Commons. Refreshments will be served.

Mechoulan is an early modernist and cultural historian with interests in critical theory and digital humanities. His most recent book, “Lire avec soin” (“Careful Reading”), focuses on the idea that reading is not a simple decoding of signs, rather it must be integrated into a history of media and a theory of justice.

The presentation is hosted by the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center. It is part of the “Life of Ideas” series curated by Frederic Rondeau, an assistant professor of French and assistant director of the Canadian-American Center at UMaine.

Rondeau created the series as part of the 2017–2018 symposium “Juvenescence/Obsolescence: Humanities Approaches to Aging Across the Ages.” The series consists of panel discussions by UMaine professors and lectures by visiting scholars.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Rondeau at 581.2072,