School of the Arts


Linda Colley photo

Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture

Thursday, February 20
7:30 p.m.

Recital Hall

The spread of political constitutions around the world since the 18th century is usually linked to a notion of the inexorable rise of democracy and studied only with regard to particular nation-states.

It is also generally looked at in isolation from other forms of literature. Linda Colley, the Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University, re-examines the contagion of constitutions across continents and its meanings. She also questions the future of this genre in a world where human relationships with words and print are dramatically shifting.

Cost: Free (seating restrictions apply)