2014 Annual Conference – Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future!

Thank you to our co-hosts, Marylu Hill (Villanova) and Chris Pastore (University of Pennsylvania ) for a successful conference. Stay tuned for post conference news.

Please plan to join us in San Jose, CA, October 15-17, 2015, as we explore the ways that Place Matters. Stanford University’s MLA program will host the conference. Details will be coming your way shortly.

2014 Annual Conference – Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future

October 9-11, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by The University of Pennsylvania MLA Program and the Villanova University GLS Program




See the map links below for UPenn’s Campus and the Sheraton hotel

UPenn’s Campus Map

Sheraton University City Center Hotel – Thursday Pre Conference Workshop, Friday Evening Banquet and Saturday Breakfast and Business Meeting

UPenn’s Fisher- Bennet Hall – Panel Location – Friday and Saturday

UPenn’s Silverman Hall – Thursday Evening Reception  – Thursday Opening Reception

Philadelphia has long been home to revolutionary thought. Its most famous son, Benjamin Franklin—inventor, scientist, newspaper mogul, diplomat, political philosopher, educational reformer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman—is the embodiment of the myriad revolutions that continue to shape human history, especially in modern times.

For the 2014 AGLSP conference, we will explore the theme of Revolutions. Appropriately, the conference will take place here in Philadelphia, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, at the University of Pennsylvania, the university that Franklin founded (in the spirit of educational reform) and the home of the ENIAC—the first computer that revolutionized the face of modern technology. Guest speakers and workshop panel information will be posted soon.

Featured Speaker – Thursday Evening, October 9th

Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Revolutions and Democratic Revolutions – What Makes the Vital Difference?

Most revolutions in modern history have ended in dictatorship, severe censorship and prolonged repression. Only a few, most notably the American Revolution, have resulted in stable constitutional outcomes that establish and preserve basic human rights.

What makes the difference? This lecture argues that the most essential ingredient has been the Radical Enlightenment democratic tradition.

Jonathan Israel spent most of his career teaching at University College London. He has researched and written mainly on Early Modern European and colonial history. Since 2001 he was been Professor of Modern European History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His most recent two books are: Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution and Human Rights 1750-1790 (Oxford, 2011) and Revolutionary Ideas:  An intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre (Princeton, 2014)

Hotel Accommodations 

Please note that The Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel room block for the conference is sold out. You may ask to be put on the waiting list under the room block: The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies. Their direct line is 888-627-7071.

Alternate hotels suggestions are:

The Radnor Hotel – near Villanova (on the Main Line).  There is a complimentary car service to and from the train station in Radnor (which is walkable from the Radnor hotel).  From 30th Street Station (where the conference hotel is located), it’s a short walk to Penn campus (approximately 6 blocks). http://radnorhotel.com/

Philadelphia Airport Marriott   – The ride on the Septa Regional Rail Train from Terminal B – where the Marriott is located – is about 20-25 minutes. Station just a short bit from the conference hotel lobby and about 300 yds from the Penn Museum – 10 min walk to the Sheraton or Fisher-Bennett Hall on UPenn’s Campus.  Book your group rate: Association of Graduate Liberal Studies >>

Use the Trip Advisor Link or Booking.com to find other hotels near the conference hotel and UPenn

Conference Registration Form



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