On Tuesday, February 18, MIT history professor Jeffrey Ravel will offer a lecture entitled, “The Relation Between Revolution and Religion: The Case of the French Revolution of 1789 and French Catholicism,” at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall 120. The event is free and open to all, and is sponsored by the Garaventa Center.
In the early twenty-first century, we often assume that the great eighteenth-century revolutions in North America, France, and Haiti were popular political movements that ushered in the modern, secular age. A selective reading of these events has made us lose sight of the role religion played in these watershed events, a role that continues to have relevance in today’s national and global politics. This lecture will re-examine this relationship by focusing on the French Revolution and French Catholicism.
Jeffrey Ravel’s research focuses on the history of French and European political culture from the mid-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. He currently co-directs the Comédie-Française Registers Project, and is serving as president of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
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