Baker-Nord Center guest lecturer to discuss “The Double Life of Celebrity”

The power of celebrity is the power of contradiction and paradox. Celebrities are extraordinary and typical, trendy and transcendent, vulnerable and omnipotent; they can seem simultaneously masculine and feminine, straight and gay, and the greatest stars appeal across ethnic, religious, linguistic and national boundaries.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will host Sharon Marcus, the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, to campus March 5 for the lecture, “The Double Life of Celebrity.” Marcus will explore the dual nature of celebrity by focusing on 19th-century actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), known for much of her lifetime as the most famous woman in the world.

The free, public lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309. Registration is recommended at