In Defense of the Republic of Virtue

Two hundred years ago the history of Western
Europe and of the modern world was forever
changed by the outbreak of the French Revolution.
Whether that change was for good or ill remains the
subject of keen dispute-both intellectually and
politically. To plumb the causes and effects of that
momentous Revolution and to weigh its good and
bad qualities, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
joins with the Henry Salvatori Center in launching a
series of expert talks on the French Revolution.

"In Defense of the Republic of Virtue" is Katherine
theme on Tuesday, February 6. A spirited
lecturer, Auspitz has taught at Wellesley College and
Harvard University, where she was associate professor and head tutor in social studies. She has written
extensively on 18th- and 19th-century France, including a book on The Radical Bourgeoisie: The Ligne de L'Enseignement and the Origins of the Third Republic, 1866-1885 (1982) and her
forthcoming study, Exporting Revolution: French and
Foreign Jacobins, 1792-1815
. Besides her academic
credentials-she is a magna cum laude graduate of
Radcliffe College, a Fulbright scholar, and a Harvard
Ph.D. in government-Auspitz has taken a practical
interest in civic virtue by serving as chairman of the
Board of Election Commissioners of Somerville,

Please join us for dinner by filling out the coupon.
Dr. Auspitz's address begins at 7:00 p.m.