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Heyman Center Examines the Radical Enlightenment, March 1

What are the prospects for radical thought in our own times? Some of the most eminent and interesting historians in the world will convene at Columbia University's Heyman Center for the Humanities on March 1 for a daylong conference focusing on some of the dissenting voices of the Enlightenment in both Europe and America.

Participants will include leading radical Enlightenment scholars Joyce Appleby,UCLA professor emerita;Columbia'sEric Foner; Jonathan Israel of the Institute for Advanced Study; Margaret Jacob of University of California at Los Angeles; Rutgers University's Phyllis Mack; and Deborah Valenze of Barnard College. Theywill offer their perspectives on the intellectual movement that swept through Europe and the United States in the 17 th and 18 th centuries, impacting the realms of science, theology and politics.

The event will be held in the Heyman Center's second floor Common Room, located in Columbia University's East Campus Residential Center on W. 118 St., between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Rebecca Hanger at (212) 854-4270.

9:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Margaret Jacob, "The Radical Enlightenment: A Heavenly City with Many Mansions"

Jonathan Israel, "The Socio-cultural Structure of the Radical Enlightenment, or Why Holland and Not Britain? and Why Spinoza and Not Hobbes or Toland?"

1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Joyce Appleby, "Another Look at American Radicalism"
Eric Foner, commentator
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.Phyllis Mack, "Agency and the Unconscious: Spiritual Dreams in 18 th- Century Britain"
Deborah Valenze, commentator


Published: Feb 25, 2005
Last modified: Feb 24, 2005

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