Scholars' Association News
Issue 42
June 2017


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Two months dedicated to C. P. Cavafy

The Cavafy Archive and the Onassis Foundation dedicated April and May 2017 to the poetry of C. P. Cavafy. It was a packed program of free educational events for everyone.

The popular C. P. Cavafy lecture series from the Cavafy Archive returned to the Onassis Library with a new round of talks entitled "Seven poems, Seven lessons". Each lesson in the specific educational program kicked off with analysis of a selected poem by C. P. Cavafy. "Going back home from Greece", "In the Month of Athyr", "The God abandons Anthony", "The City", "Waiting for the Barbarians", "Dimaratos" and "Simeon": these were the seven poems chosen for this year's series. The lessons aim to shed light on the literary and cultural context in which these works were written. Thus, each poem leads to a larger discussion, examining the connections with other works by the Alexandrian poet, as well as by Greek and foreign literary figures and artists.

In connection with the educational lecture series "Seven Poems, Seven Lessons", the Cavafy Archive also launched a series of impressive Performance Lectures that also took place at the Onassis Library. These Performance Lectures explored in depth the relationship between Cavafy’s work, Cavafy research, the individual experience of reading, through an innovative merging of poetry and performance. Each lecture took as its starting point a particular poem by C.P. Cavafy, weaving together research and argument, emotions, participation, and performance.

The educational series "Seven Poems, Seven Lessons" and "Performance Lectures" were aimed at everyone – connoisseurs of C.P. Cavafy’s poetry as well as beginners – opening the way for new approaches to the work of the Alexandrian poet.

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