Past Lectures

Past Lewis Walpole Library Lectures

2015: Twenty-second Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Mr. Boswell Goes to Corsica: Charismatic Authority in the Age of Democratic Revolutions

David A. Bell, Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor, Department of History, Princeton University

October 6, 2016

2014: Twenty-first Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Offensive Vulgarity in an Age of Enlightenment

Steve Bell, principal editorial cartoonist for The Guardian

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2013: Twentieth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

The Ladies Library: Or, Benjamin Franklin’s Sister’s Books

Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ‘41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

November 8, 2013

2012: Nineteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Robert Burns and Scottish Independence

Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature, University of St. Andrews

September 20, 2012

2011: Eighteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Family Life Makes Tories of Us All”: Love and Power at Home in Georgian England

Amanda Vickery, Professor of Early Modern History, Queen Mary, University of London

October 21, 2011

2010: Seventeenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Romantic Science

Richard Holmes

Author of The Age of Wonder

October 29, 2010

2009: Sixteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Visualizing Religious Difference: Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World (1723-1737)

Lynn Hunt

Eugen Weber Professor of History, UCLA

May 8, 2009

2008: Fifteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Feeling Free in the Enlightenment: Diderot versus Rousseau, or, Philosophy versus Lived Experience

by Leo Damrosch

the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University

April 18, 2008

2007: Fourteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Observation in the Enlightenment

by Lorraine Daston

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and The University of Chicago

April 27, 2007

2006: Thirteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Slander: The Art and Politics of Slinging Mud, Paris and London, 1770-1795

by Robert Darnton

Shelby Cullom Davis ‘30 Professor of European History, Princeton University

April 7, 2006

2005: Twelfth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Thomas Paine and the Intellectual Underpinnings of American Democracy

by Joyce Appleby

Professor Emerita of History, UCLA

April 22, 2005

2004: Eleventh Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

‘The Faithless Column and the Crumbling Bust’: Alexander Pope and Sculptural Portraiture

by Malcolm Baker

Professorial Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Professor, Art History and The History of Collecting, University of Southern California

April 23, 2004

2003: Tenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Mr. Handel Puts on an Opera

by Nicholas McGegan

Music Director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco

April 8, 2003

2002: Ninth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Love and Madness in Eighteenth-Century Britain

by John Brewer

John and Marion Sullivan University Professor, The University of Chicago

March 1, 2002

Country House weekend held in conjunction with the Lecture

March 1-3, 2002, Farmington

2001: Eighth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Et in Arcadia ego: The Eighteenth Century of the 1920s

by Terry Castle

Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University

February 16, 2001

1999: Lectures

Origins of the Gothic Revival Revisited

by Michael McCarthy

Professor of the History of Art, University College Dublin

October 20, 1999

Some Thoughts on Hogarth’s Jew: Issues in Current Hogarth Scholarship

by Ronald Paulson

Professor of English, The Johns Hopkins University

October 19, 1999

1999: Seventh Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Britain and Islam, 1650-1750: Different Perspectives on Difference

by Linda Colley

Leverhulme Research Professor of History, London School of Economics

October 15, 1999

1998: Sixth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Exposures: Sex, Privacy and Sensibility

by Patricia Meyer Spacks

Edgar F. Shannon Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature, The University of Virginia

April 9, 1998

1997: Fifth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Walpole’s Hogarth

by David Bindman

Professor of the History of Art, University College London

February 5, 1997

1995: Fourth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Horace Walpole’s Gout: The Politics of Physic

by Roy Porter

Professor, The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine

April 5, 1995

1994: Third Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Tombs That Tell Tales: the Romance Revival and Modern Nationalism

by Marilyn Butler

Rector, Exeter College, Oxford University

March 24, 1994

1993: Second Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Sexualities in Eighteenth-Century England

by Lawrence Stone

Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Princeton University

April 15, 1993

1992: First Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

The Scourge of the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Carlyle

by Noel Annan

author of Our Age: English Intellectuals between the World Wars

April 8, 1992