William Hogarth, Scholars at a Lecture (1736)
Audiences outside academia clearly understand the benefits of collective listening. If public lectures did not draw sizable crowds, then museums, universities, bookstores, and community centers would have abandoned them long ago. The public knows that, far from being outdated, lectures can be rousing, profound, and even fun.
In her article entitled, “In Defense of the Lecture,” Miya Tokumitsu argues we should “remember the benefits of collective listening.”
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