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Humanities Colloquium Series

Drake Faculty undertaking reseach in the humanities offer insights into their current work as the basis for discussion during occasional Friday-afternoon talks.

For more information, please contact Mary McCarthy, Professor, Department of Political Science.

Fall 2022 Colloquium Series

  • Please save the date for the first event in this year's Humanities Center book series, planned for Friday, November 4, 2-3:30pm 


    In Levitt Hall (located inside of Old Main)


    Featuring Dr. Robert Collis and Dr. Natalie Bayer 


    Join us for a conversation about their book, Initiating the Millenium: The Avignon Society and Illuminism in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2020).

    And their experience with collaboration and publication.


    Based on hitherto neglected archival material, their study provides a wealth of fresh insights into this initiatic group that flourished across Europe between 1779 and 1807. Collis and Bayer demonstrate that the doctrine of premillennialism – belief in the imminent advent of Christ's reign on Earth – soon came to constitute the raison d'etre of the society. They also examine how the group reacted to and was impacted by the tumultuous events that rocked Europe during its twenty-eight years of existence. 


    Refreshments will be served


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