Monday, 02 October, 2017
Professor Goodman will trace the life and scientific career of French mining engineer Augustin-Henry Bonnard (1781-1857) across the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Empire, the Bourbon Restoration, and the July Monarchy. Despite the radical changes of political regime, Bonnard drew upon both Enlightenment values and family ties to the French monarchy to build a career and secure a family legacy for the future. In the politically turbulent world of revolutionary and post-revolutionary France, Bonnard succeeded by holding to a steady course laid out for him by his uncle that reflected in equal measure deep family traditions of royal service and a commitment to Enlightenment
Dena Goodman is the Lila Miller Collegiate Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research centers on the cultural history of early modern France, with particular interests in the Enlightenment, women and gender, material culture, writing, and sociability. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Camargo, Mellon, and Voltaire Foundations. Her publications include The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment (Cornell UP, 1994) and Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters (Cornell UP, 2009).
Free and open to the public.