Roosevelt University Montesquieu Forum on April 14-15 to Feature Views of International Scholars

David Womersley

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–April 5, 2016.  David Womersley, the Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature and editor of The Review of English Studies at the University of Oxford, will give the keynote speech at the Roosevelt University Montesquieu Forum conference on philosophy and historiography in the Eighteenth Century.

Womersley’s speech will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Sullivan Room, on the second floor of Roosevelt, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.  His talk and the entire conference are free and open to the public.

“The conference will focus on the relationship between the philosophy of Eighteenth-Century European thinkers and commercial republics,” said Stuart Warner, associate professor of philosophy at Roosevelt and director of the Montesquieu Forum. The forum was founded in 2008 to support research and course work on political philosophy, and focuses on the study of classical and European heritage in the foundation of America.

Womersley, who will lecture on “Was Gibbon a Civic Humanist?” published two monographs on historian Edward Gibbon and edited the critical edition of Gibbon’s most important work, “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”

The conference continues on April 15 in room 720  at Roosevelt with lectures by Thomas Merrill, professor in the Department of Government at American University, on “Hume on Commerce,” and Michael Zuckert, professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, on “Montesquieu on Money,” at 9:15 a.m.; Darren Staloff, History professor at The City College of New York, on “Postures of the American Enlightenment,” and Alan Levine, professor in the Department of Government at American University, on “European Views of America: 1492–9/11,” at 11 a.m.; and Helena Rosenblatt, professor of History in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, on “Constant’s Liberalism, Then and Now,” commented on by Carolyn Purnell, visiting assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, at 1:45 p.m.

The conference will conclude with a lecture by Mary Sue Morrow, professor of musicology at the University of Cincinnati, about “Haydn and the Business of Music,” which will bring the topic closer to music and will also beinterspersed by a live performance by the Yas String Quartet from Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and by Ben Lynerd and the Ad Hoc Singers, at 4 p.m. in the Sullivan Room.

The conference is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center and the John Templeton Foundation.