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Values from Ancient Greece to Contemporary Harlem

Discussion programme that sets the cultural agenda for the week. Mariella Frostrup talks to Hamid Dabashi, Edith Hall, Douglas Murray and Glenn Ligon.

On Start the Week Mariella Frostrup talks to the academic Hamid Dabashi about his critique of European intellectual heritage and identity. In his polemic Can Non-Europeans Think? Dabashi argues that those outside the West are often marginalised and mis-represented. Ancient Greece dominates the intellectual landscape in Europe and Edith Hall looks back to explore what made this civilisation so successful. The Greeks of Ancient Athens were always questioning their society and asking what makes people happy, and Douglas Murray wonders whether the secular West has stopped asking those questions, and is the shallower for it. The artist Glenn Ligon takes inspiration from black writers and abstract expressionists to give a fresh perspective on the values of contemporary America.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 11 May 2015 21:30

Edith Hall

Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College London.

Introducing the Ancient Greeks is published by The Bodley Head.

Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi is Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York.

Can Non-Europeans Think? is published by Zed Books.

Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray is a writer, journalist and commentator.

Is the West’s loss of faith terminal? is in this month’s Standpoint magazine.

Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon is an artist.

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions is on at Nottingham Contemporary until 14 June and then moves to Tate Liverpool from 30 June – 18 October.


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Hamid Dabashi
Interviewed Guest Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest Douglas Murray
Interviewed Guest Glenn Ligon
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 11 May 2015 09:00
  • Mon 11 May 2015 21:30