Lewis Walpole Library Lecture | Was There an American Enlightenment?

Event time: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:30pm

The American Enlightenment is often viewed as a singular era bursting with new ideas, as the United States sought to assert itself in a new republic free of the British monarchy. In this talk, Caroline Winterer, Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center, shows how the myth and romanticization of an American Enlightenment was invented during the Cold War to calm fears of totalitarianism overseas. She’ll then look behind the twentieth-century mythology, rescuing a “real” eighteenth-century American Enlightenment that is far different than the one we usually imagine.

Lecture Hall
Space is limited
(This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Open to: 
General Public