Cornell professor to discuss his controversial work, "Black Athena"

Cornell professor to discuss his controversial work, "Black Athena"
April 14, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Martin Bernal, Ph.D., author of the vigorously-debated three-volume work, “Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization,” will present a public lecture titled “25 Years of Black Athena” from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 in Scholl Hall, Room 101 on the campus of Benedictine University. During the 55-minute presentation, Bernal will discuss his ongoing research and the historical, historiographical, archaeological and linguistic analysis of the “origins of ancient Greece” delineated in the book, which has sparked extraordinarily fruitful discussion and debate over the last 25 years. A 20-30 minute question-and-answer session will follow. Born in London, Bernal was educated at Kings College Cambridge where he specialized in the languages and history of China. Later he became interested in the history of Vietnam and learned the language and culture of that country. Bernal taught at Peking University in China before becoming a professor at Cornell University. After studying and writing extensively about Asia, Bernal began a new line of research that eventually led to the publication of “Black Athena.” Before retiring in 2001, Bernal held a joint appointment in the departments of Government and Ancient Eastern Mediterranean History at Cornell. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.