Past Event

October 3, 2013 to October 6, 2013

Consuming Passions: Economies of Desire in French Literature and Arts, 1100-1815

Conference sponsored by the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Clayton

Consuming Passions engages a range of topics involving the treatment of desire, obsession, and appetites as expressed in texts, images, and music in the early modern period.  All conference participants will focus on issues related to France, and many will choose to connect France in two or more periods (medieval through the eighteenth century) and/or to make connections between France and other countries.

April 22, 2013

Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World

Discussion with author Mark Elliott.

Mark Elliott, the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University, is the author of The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China (Stanford, 2001).  He will be discussing his recent biography Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World (Pearson-Longman, 2009) with the Salon and giving a public lecture entitled “Was China an Empire?” on April 22nd and 23rd.  (

March 21, 2013 - 12:00pm

The Enlightenment: A Geneology

A lunchtime discussion with the author, Dan Edelstein.

Dan Edelstein, Associate Professor of French and, by courtesy, Professor of History at Stanford University is the author of The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (Chicago, 2009). He will be discussing his still more recent book The Enlightenment: A Geneology (Chicago, 2010) over lunch at noon on Thursday, March 21st. His public talk entitled “In the Name of Revolution: Reflections on Political Authority” is scheduled for that afternoon at 4:30 in Hurst Lounge. (

January 31, 2013 - 3:00pm

Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America

Discussion with author Wendy Bellion.
Eads 217

Wendy Bellion, Associate Professor of American Art of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century at the University of Delaware will discuss her book Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America (UNC, 2011) and present her new research project entitled What Statues Remember: Iconoclasm and Ritual in Early New York on Thursday, January 31st from 3-5:30 in Eads 217, followed by dinner. (