Conspiracies and Common Sense: From Founding to the Trump Era

Sunday, 5 November 2017 - 12:00pm1:00pm

International House, 1414 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

Conspiracies and Common Sense: From Founding to the Trump Era

The Baskes Lecture in History

Sophia Rosenfeld

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Wolf Humanities Center joins the Chicago Humanities Festival in 2017 for its wide-ranging exploration of Belief. Full festival details: chicagohumanities.org/belief

Sophia Rosenfeld studies the history of civic beliefs—the convictions that ground our political lives. A specialist in European intellectual history, particularly Enlightenment thought’s legacy in modern democracy, she is best known for Common Sense, an exploration of the history of that concept as a political ideal. Currently studying how “choice” became central to our political lives, Rosenfeld will discuss the powerful modern enigma of our readiness to believe in “conspiracy theories.”

This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear contribution to the Chicago Humanities Festival by Julie and Roger Baskes and is presented in partnership with the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information and tickets: chicagohumanities.org