Mercer University: The Providence of John and Abigail Adams

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The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles: “The Providence of John and Abigail Adams”


On April 10, 2019, the McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University will be hosting Sara Georgini to speak on John and Abigail Adams.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Mercer University

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Sara GeorginiSara Georgini earned her Ph.D. in American History at Boston University, and is the Series Editor for The Papers of John Adams, a part of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. The editorial project has published nearly 50 scholarly editions of the personal and public papers written, accumulated, and preserved by President John Adams and his family. Georgini is a co-founder and contributor to The Junto and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History blogs. In her graduate work and published research, she has focused on diverse topics in Anglo-American religion and the role of regional literature in shaping national identity. Her book, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family (Oxford University Press, 2018) is a history of faith and doubt in one American family, charting the cosmopolitan Christianity that the Adamses developed while acting as transnational agents of American politics and culture. Georgini also writes about American history, thought, and culture for Smithsonian and CNN.

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The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University exists to supplement the university’s excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the foundational texts and ideas which have shaped Western Civilization and the American political order. This focus on the core texts of the Western tradition helps to revitalize a cross-centuries dialogue about citizenship, human rights, and political, economic, and religious freedom, thereby deepening the moral imagination and fostering civic and cultural literacy. Guided by James Madison’s maxim that “a well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people,” the McDonald Center exists to promote the study of the great texts and ideas that have shaped our regime and fostered liberal learning.

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