"Ideological Origins at 50" Conference, Yale University, April 20-21, 2017

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Jointly sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) and Yale University’s Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences (CHESS), "Ideological Origins at 50: Power, Rights, and the Rise and Fall of Free States" commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Bernard Bailyn’s seminal work, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. One of the most important books written on the American Revolution in the last century, it won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize. Through its focus on the transatlantic influence of republican ideology, Ideological Origins put ideas back at the center of the revolutionary narrative. In doing so, it helped spark an unprecedented burst of scholarship on the intellectual history of the origins of the Revolution that lasted for nearly two decades and whose influence lives on. Panelists will reconsider the book, its influence, and its legacy in both pre-circulated papers and open discussion. 

The conference will take place at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, Room 208, New Haven, CT 06511. It will begin with a plenary and reception on the evening of Thursday, April 20th followed by a full day of panels on Friday, April 21st and a closing reception.

The conference is free and open to the public but we ask attendees to RSVP as space is limited. An RSVP is also required to receive the program schedule and access to the pre-circulated papers. To RSVP: http://bit.ly/bailyn50.

Download the conference poster here.

For more information, please contact Michael D. Hattem at michael.hattem@yale.edu.