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Illinois State University Speaker Series: Lynn Hunt

Thursday, April 26th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Description

Why the History of Human Rights Matters
April 26, 7 p.m.
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center

Lynn Hunt has her B.A. from Carleton College (1967) and her Ph.D. (1973) from Stanford University and as an emeritus professor, she now holds the title of Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA. Before going to UCLA as Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History (1998-2013), she taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1998) and UC Berkeley (1974-1987).

She has authored, co-authored or edited books on the origins of human rights, the French Revolution, historical method and epistemology, time in history, the 18th century sources of religious toleration as well as the history of pornography, and has co-authored textbooks on western civilization and the French Revolution. Her books have been translated into 14 languages. Her new textbook on the French Revolution and Napoleon, co-authored with Jack Censer, has just been published, and her book, History: Why It Matters, will appear in 2018.

She was president of the American Historical Association in 2002 and awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Award for graduate mentorship by the American Historical Association in 2010. She won distinguished teaching awards at Berkeley (1977) and UCLA (2013).

The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Bone Student Center
200 N. University Street
Normal, IL
Prairie Room
(309) 438-4636