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Boston College: Democracy and Enlightenment – The Challenge of Rousseau

November 10, 2022 - November 11, 2022

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Allan Ramsay

On November 10-11, 2022, the John Marshall Project at Boston College, a JMC partner program, will host a two-day conference featuring leading scholars of the Enlightenment period who will present assessments of Rousseau and the Enlightenment, focusing especially on their contributions to our understanding of democracy. Additionally, the conference will serve as an occasion to celebrate Rousseau scholar and JMC faculty partner Christopher Kelly.

Participants include JMC faculty partners Thomas Pangle, Susan Shell, and John Scott and fellows Kimberley Burns and Timothy Brennan.

Thursday-Friday, November 10-11, 2022
Gasson Hall, 100 • Boston College

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Christopher KellyChristopher Kelly is Professor and Acting Chair of Political Science at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is co-editor of the Collected Writings of Rousseau and the author of Rousseau’s Examplary Life (1987) and Rousseau as Author (2003). He teaches courses in political theory focussing on early and late modern political thought.

Professor Kelly is a JMC faculty partner.

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The John Marshall Project (JMP) of the Department of Political Science at Boston College promotes a focused study of the citizenship and statesmanship needed by a democratic and constitutional republic. The mission of the Project absorbs and expands upon the Program for the Western Heritage, directed by Robert Faulkner and Susan Shell and housed within the Department of Political Science. The Marshall Project also cooperates directly with the Marshall Program in Political Philosophy and Civic Leadership, currently directed by Robert Faulkner under the auspices of the Clough Center.

The activities of the Project include lectures and other appearances on campus by notable public figures and other political and intellectual leaders, the awarding and supervision of two Marshall Doctoral Fellowships and one Marshall Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and selection of ten to twenty undergraduate Marshall Fellows, with the future possibility of a certificate program in civic leadership. The undergraduate fellows participate in reading groups, lectures, and summer study and research, as well as special conferences where pertinent.

The JMP operates with generous financial support from the Jack Miller Center and the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

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November 10, 2022
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