Call for Applications: 2016 NEH Summer Seminar on Tocqueville

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“Exploring American Democracy, with Alexis de Tocqueville as Guide”

A 2-week NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers (and up to 2 full-time graduate students)

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary

Seminar Dates: July 18-29, 2016
Location: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Directors: Arthur Goldhammer (Harvard) and Olivier Zunz (University of Virginia)

Come study the world's greatest book on democracy at the institution founded by America's greatest democratic thinker. Over two mid-summer weeks on the idyllic grounds of Thomas Jefferson's historic University of Virginia, 16 NEH Summer Scholars will read and discuss the entirety of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America with two leading experts on Tocqueville and his thought: Arthur Goldhammer (Harvard) and Olivier Zunz (University of Virginia).

Whether you are a political philosopher, a political scientist, an economist, a sociologist, an American or French historian, a legal scholar, a scholar of religion, or a specialist in American or French Studies; whether you are working on a manuscript, designing or re-designing a course, or are just intellectually hungry—this is the seminar for you. As one of the founders of modern social science, Tocqueville worked at the intersection of political science, sociology, history, and economics. Literature also claims him as an elegant and powerful rhetorician. A. Goldhammer and O. Zunz will make themselves available daily throughout the seminar to meet individually with anyone who would like to discuss a manuscript or course design in any of these disciplines, or who would like to discuss Tocqueville's ideas in general. They will also gladly accompany anyone with French reading knowledge on a journey through the original text.

Goldhammer and Zunz's intimate knowledge of Tocqueville encompasses the whole of the philosopher-statesman's life and work. Goldhammer translated and Zunz edited Democracy in America (1835, 1840) for the Library of America in 2004. They also translated and edited Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont in America: Their Friendship and Their Travels (University of Virginia Press, 2011)—the American travel journals of Tocqueville and his companion, Beaumont—and Tocqueville's Recollections of the 1848 Revolution in France (forthcoming from University of Virginia Press). 

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