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Thursday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy Now Open

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Whether we grumble about sycophancy or grudgingly tolerate it as a price of getting along in a complex society, we rarely examine it closely. This session humorously considers flattery and bootlicking in history, literature, and especially in business. 

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Deborah Parker

Professor of Italian, University of Virginia
Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia and coauthor, with Mark Parker, of INFERNO REVEALED: From Dante to Dan Brown
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Mark Parker

Professor of English, James Madison University
Mark Parker, Professor of English at James Madison University, is the coauthor with Deborah Parker of INFERNO REVEALED: From Dante to Dan Brown

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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm EDT
Old Metropolitan Hall