The Idea of Progress in Modern European History | Newberry

The Idea of Progress in Modern European History

Friday, November 13, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Alan Singer, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The idea of progress, the notion that human society will continually advance in a positive direction, is largely a recent, modern concept. This seminar will examine, from a historical perspective, how the idea of progress was applied to scientific, technological, political, and social thought. It will largely concentrate on Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was during this time when Europe ascended to unprecedented economic and political power and the idea of progress was on the minds of many. Along with discussing some of the most important thinkers on the subject, we will also discuss its legacy. With our Georgian and Victorian forbearers in mind, we will discuss whether we, as citizens of a globalized society in the 21st century, hold similar or different views of progress.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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