The American Revolution and the French Military Enlightenment
Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Christy Pichichero, associate professor at George Mason University and the 2015 Tyree-Lamb Fellow of the American Revolution Institute, discusses her work on war and the Enlightenment in the context of French experiences during the American Revolution. French officers such as the marquis de Chastellux and the comte de Rochambeau—whose memoirs are a part of the Institute’s rich archival collections—considered themselves to be “military philosophers” who brought Enlightenment philosophical spirit to global military enterprise. Dr. Pichichero sheds light on their analyses of American people, customs, and ways of war and shows how fighting in the American Revolution influenced their politics and worldviews in surprising ways.
A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America Friday, October 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Join Executive Director Jack Warren for a discussion of a print depicting the practice of tarring and feathering, A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America, published in London in 1774, along with a practical demonstration of the revolutionary art of tarring and feathering your opponents.
Contemporary Jazz and Blues Sunday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Brothers Matthew and Albert Fisheyn perform as Hit the Roof, a drum and piano duo who reinvigorate old songs with a new twist. In this concert they will sample rock ‘n roll and New Orleans-style piano, which has roots steeped in boogie-woogie, gospel, classical, bluegrass, country, and funk.
French Marquis, Yorktown Victor, Spanish Grandee: Claude-Anne de Rouvoy, marquis de Saint-Simon Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Historian Robert Selig explores the dramatic life of Claude-Anne de Rouvroy, marquis de Saint-Simon-Montbléru, and his role in the Siege of Yorktown, which occurred 238 years ago this month. Though almost entirely forgotten in the United States, Saint-Simon commanded more than three thousand French troops at Yorktown and was the highest ranking officer wounded during the siege.
Louis XVI and the War of American Independence Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Watch live online as Professor John Hardman presents the 2019 George Rogers Clark Lecture on King Louis XVI’s decision to support the American War for Independence. Louis, he argues, was a highly educated ruler who, though indecisive, possessed sharp political insight and a talent for foreign policy. Why did the king choose war? Could France have taken another path?