Mr. Merquior, the present Brazilian ambassador to Mexico, was a professor of political science at the University of Brasilia until 1982. He is the author of several books devoted to aesthetics and literary criticism and the history of ideas, including Western Marxism (1986). He holds a literary doctorate from the University of Paris and a PhD from the London School of Economics. Ambassador Merquior is an outstanding example of someone who has combined the humanities and politics into a life of service. A 5:30 reception will honor Mr. Merquoir, followed by dinner at 6:00 and his address at 7:00 p.m.
Ambassador Merquior is the fall semester visiting lecturer for the Center for Humanistic Studies. In addition to his Athenaeum address, the ambassador will meet with literature students and faculty on Thursday, September 22, for a 5:30 reception, 6:00 dinner, and 7:00 discussion in Parents Dining Room. On Wednesday, September 21, the Keck Center will host a reception and dinner in Parents Dining Room for international relations students and faculty.