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F.E.L. Priestley Memorial Lectures in the History of Ideas

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Invite to F.E.L. Priestley Memorial Lectures in the History of Ideas


How Rules Succeed and Fail: An Intellectual History of the Particular


Join us for an exciting three-part public lectures series presented by Professor Lorraine Daston, Director emerita, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History, University of Chicago. 

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 2 - Miserable Failure: The War Against Fashion
Wednesday, November 3 - Rules for an Unruly City: Policing the Streets of Enlightenment Paris
Thursday, November 4 - Rules That Succeed Too Well: Spelling and Nationhood

All three lectures will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm EDT. Please note that these events are virtual; Zoom details will be provided by the event organizer leading up to the first lecture.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 29, 2021.

The F.E.L. Priestley Lectures in the History of Ideas have been funded by a number of Professor Priestley's former students. These lectures reflect Professor Priestley's broad interest in the history of ideas and his dedication to teaching and scholarship. Contact for more information.

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