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      March 20, 2019

      Wednesday   6:30 PM

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      Democracy and Truth: a Short Philadelphia History

      What is democracy?  It's a word often debated; a word we often overhear; a word with many subtleties and connotations; a word held dear by many throughout the world.  Join University of Pennsylvania's Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld as she presents a lecture entitled "Democracy and Truth: a Short Philadelphia History". Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches European intellectual and cultural history with an emphasis on the Enlightenment, the trans-Atlantic Age of Revolutions, and the legacy of the eighteenth century for modern democracy.  She is the author of A Revolution in Language: The Problem of Signs in Late Eighteenth-Century France (Stanford, 2001); Common Sense: A Political History (Harvard, 2011, and winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize); and, most recently, Democracy and Truth: A Short History (Penn, forthcoming in December 2018).  Her articles and essays have appeared in the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, French Historical Studies, and the William and Mary Quarterly, as well as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, and The Nation, and she is a former co-editor of Modern Intellectual History.  Currently, she is co-editing (with Peter Struck) a six-volume book series on the cultural history of ideas since antiquity and writing a book, to be published by Princeton, on how the idea and practice of choice-making became critical to modern conceptions of freedom.  She was previously Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Yale University and has also been a Guggenheim Fellow and a visiting faculty member at UVA Law School and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.   Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Skyline Room Division of Cultural and Civic Engagement 215-686-5402

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