MIT Professor Jeffrey Ravel will speak on "The Case of the French Revolution of 1789 and French Catholicism" Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:15 p.m. at the University of Portland's Franz Hall Room 120.

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.

Ravel is Professor of History at MIT. His 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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