NTC: Cultural Revolution: Changing Hearts and Minds

Thursday, October 18, 2012

9:30 am- 12:30 pm

Leora Auslander, University of Chicago
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Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In this seminar we will be discussing the place of material culture, ritual, and everyday life during the three revolutionary moments that ushered in the modern political era – the English, American, and French. In each case revolutionaries thought that while reasoned argument could make republican minds, democratic goods, habits, and rituals were needed to make republican hearts. From the banning of dancing and tobacco in Cromwell’s England, to the Boston Tea Party in colonial Boston, to the new calendar and systems of weights and measures in revolutionary France, people altered their daily habits and tastes – or found them altered for them – in the interests of political transformation.

Cost and Registration Information 

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org