Tuesday, 23 March 2004 - 5:00pm

200 College Hall


Paradox Amid the Mysteries

Margaret Jacob

Professor of History
University of California at Los Angeles

The oldest continuously existing fraternal organization in the world, freemasonry is steeped in centuries of secrecy and rituals—all endlessly fascinating to outsiders.

UCLA historian Margaret Jacob, an authority on freethinkers, freemasons, and other radicals and romantics of the 18th Century, argues that the hundreds of Masonic lodges founded in 18th-century Europe were some of the most important enclaves in which modern civil society was formed.

Her books Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe (Oxford University Press, 1991) and The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemason and Republicans (Second Rev. Ed., The Temple Publishers, 2003) are considered landmark studies.

Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Margaret Jacob taught at the City University of New York, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Utrecht, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Pennsylvania. She also served as dean of Eugene Lang College at the New School. Her interests have taken her into European history and she has worked extensively in archives from London and Birmingham to Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Paris and various French provincial towns. In 2002 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Utrecht and made a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Hollandse Maatschappij der Weterschappen.


Image: New Masonic Temple, Philadelphia. Grand Lodge room, east. Photo by Frederick Gutekunst.

Special Pre-Lecture Tour of Philadelphia's Historic Masonic Temple!

Tuesday, March 23, 2:00 & 3:00 p.m.
One North Broad Street
Tickets (tour only) $3.00.
NOTE: Both tours are sold out!

Philadelphia's Masonic Temple is home to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Dedicated in 1873, this unrivaled architectural jewel must be seen to be believed. Take one of two special tours arranged as part of Prof. Jacob's visit to Penn as part of the Penn Humanities Forum on Belief and join us later for her talk.