Invited Speakers and Special Events

"Freedom: Law & Practice in the French Empire" (April 7, 2016)

A Talk by Professor Sue Peabody, Professor of history at Washington State University Vancouver, co-sponsored by the Institute on Napoleon & the French Revolution and the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French & Francophone Studies.peabody.jpg

Professor Peabody has published numerous books, including: "There Are No Slaves in France": The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Regime (Oxford, 1996); The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, co-edited with Tyler Stovall (Duke, 2002); Slavery, Freedom and the Law in the Atlantic World, with Keila Grinberg (Bedford/St. Martins, 2007); Escravidão e Liberdade nas Américas, Coleção FGV de Bolso, (Rio de Janeiro, Editora da FGV, 2013); Free Soil in the Atlantic World, co-edited with Keila Grinberg (Routledge, 2014); and Le Droit des Noirs en France au Temps de l'Esclavage (Hachette, 2014). Her current project is a new biography of an enslaved family in France's Indian Ocean empire with the working title, Madeleine's Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets and Lies in France's Indian Ocean Colonies, 1750-1850 to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.



“Paying the Check, Catching the King: Pigs Feet and Monetary Flows in the French Revolution” (October 28, 2015)Pigs Feet Louis XVI.jpg

A Talk By Professor Rebecca Spang, sponsored by the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution.

Dr. Spang is a professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington and Director for the Center of Eighteenth-Century Studies.  She is also the author of two award-winning books.

Her first book, The Invention of the Restaurant: Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture, was published in 2000 and was awarded the Thomas J. Wilson prize for best first book.  Her latest book, published in 2015, is Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution.             



“Napoleon Hero” (March 2, 2015)napoleon hero image.jpg

A Talk By Professor Patrice Gueniffey, sponsored by the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution.

Professor Gueniffey is a very distinguished French academic, the student of Francois Furet and Furet's successor as director of the Centre Raymond Aron at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.  His most recent book is a biography of Napoleon, recently translated into English and published by Harvard University's Belknap Press.


“The Great Art Robbery: Napoleonic era art transfers and the origins of the Louvre” (February 27, 2015)

A Talk By Professor Doina Harsanyi, sponsored by the Institute on Napoleon and the French N-Seizing-the-Italian-Arts.jpgRevolution.

Dr. Harsanyi is professor of history at Central Michigan University.  Her research interests include ​topics in French revolutionary and Napoleonic history, French-American relations, and the history of the nobility throughout the revolutionary era.  Harsanyi published her first book in 2010, Lessons from America: Liberal French Nobles in Exile, 1793–1798, and is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, Working For and Against Napleon: The Case of Parma, 1796–1815.