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Eminent Victorians

Today the term Victorian morality is often used as a synonym for sexual morality as such-sometimes, indeed, as a code word for questioning or rejecting all (previous) morality, sexual and otherwise. But what did Victorian morality mean to the Victorians themselves? What does it imply for our understanding of morality today?

To pursue these and other vital questions, America's foremost historian of Victorian England-one of the country's foremost intellectual historians of any period- visits CMC March 28 and 29 as the year's distinguished scholar-in-residence of the Henry Salvatori Center and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Gertrude Himmelfarb is professor emeritus of history at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her scholarship, prolific and profound, ranges from her early studies of Lord Acton: A Study in Conscience and Politics (1952) and Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution (1959) to her acclaimed survey of The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age (1984) to her recent powerful critique of modern social and economic history, The New History and the Old (1987). She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago, and is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians.

Professor Himmelfarb speaks on "Eminent Victorians" at 7:00 on Wednesday, March 28, following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Please fill out and return the enclosed reservation coupon, if you wish to attend.

On the following day Professor Himmelfarb will lead a faculty seminar on the "new history," and will meet with senior honors students to continue the discussion of Victorian manners and mores.