Public Lecture: Where Did the Founders Get Their Ideas?

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The Foreign Policy Research Institute is pleased to announce that Walter A. McDougall will deliver the first annual Ginsburg-Satell Lecture on May 15, 2018 at the Museum of the American Revolution.

The Foreign Policy Research Institute is pleased to announce that Walter A. McDougall will deliver the first annual Ginsburg-Satell Lecture on May 15, 2018 at the Museum of the American Revolution. In the inaugural lecture “America’s Machiavellian Moment: Origins of the Atlantic Republican Tradition [Or, Where Did the Founders Get Their Ideas? ]" McDougall will delve deeply into the origins of the American political tradition by exploring the legacies of Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and the transmission of these ideas across time and space.

This lecture was made possible by gifts from the Stanley and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation and Edward Satell.

Walter A. McDougall is the founding Co-Chairman of FPRI’s Butcher History Institute, and Chairman of FPRI’s Board of Advisors and FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

His articles and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Commentary, and other national publications. An unabashed generalist, McDougall is the author of several critically acclaimed books including: France’s Rhineland Diplomacy 1914-1924: The Last Bid for a Balance of Power in Europe (1978), The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age (1985), Let the Sea Make a Noise: A History of the North Pacific From Magellan to MacArthur (1992), Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776 (1997), Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History 1585-1828 (2004), and Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era 1829-1877 (2008), which was chosen by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia as best book of the year by a local author.

One reviewer described McDougall as a “national treasure” while another labeled him “America’s greatest living historian.” His honors include a Pulitzer Prize, election to the Society of American Historians, and appointment to the Library of Congress Council of Scholars.

McDougall received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

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