Manhattan College Hosts 13th Annual Costello Lecture

On Sept. 25, Manhattan College continues the Costello Lecture series with historian and UCLA professor emerita Lynn Hunt, Ph.D.

Lynn Hunt, Ph.D., will present When a Debt Crisis Turns Revolutionary: The French Evolution of 1789 at the 13th annual Costello Lecture at Manhattan College on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

Hunt is a distinguished professor emerita at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has written and edited on the origins of human rights, the French Revolution, historical method and epistemology, time in history, the origins of religious toleration, as well as the history of pornography, and has co-authored widely used textbooks on western civilization and the French Revolution. Her books have been translated into 11 languages.

Among her current projects is a forthcoming book on Writing History in the Global Era, an essay on neuroscience and history, and a study of French revolutionary prints and visual culture. Her most recent publication is a jointly edited book with Suzanne Desan and William Nelson, The French Revolution in Global Perspective (Cornell U. Press, 2013).  

The Costello Lecture series in European history was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello, FSC, one of many faculty from the order of the Brothers of the Christian Schools who have contributed throughout the years to the academic reputation of Manhattan College. The lecture series was established by a generous donation from one of his many grateful students, Roger Goebel ’57, professor of law at Fordham University and director of the Center on European Union Law.

The annual event also includes the presentation of the inaugural Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello, Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes a faculty member of the School of Arts who exemplifies the excellence in teaching that characterizes Manhattan College and is central to its mission.