Meghan Roberts, Ph.D., to Deliver 14th Annual Costello Lecture

Roberts will deliver a lecture titled “Savant Spouses: Love, Marriage and Collaboration in Enlightenment France.”

Meghan Roberts, Ph.D., visiting professor of history at Bowdoin College, will present the 14th annual Costello Lecture, “Savant Spouses: Love, Marriage and Collaboration in Enlightenment France,” on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in room 5B of the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons.

Roberts is a historian of early modern Europe with particular interests in cultural history and the history of science and medicine. Since beginning her teaching career at Bowdoin in 2011, her work has been supported by numerous fellowships, including a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the Department of Education and a Millstone Fellowship from the Western Society for French History.

The Costello Lecture series in European history was established 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. Br. Gabriel came to Manhattan in 1949 to assume the chairmanship of the History department. During his long tenure at the College, he built up the History department, earning the nickname “Mr. History.” The lecture series was established by a generous donation from one of his former students, Roger Goebel ’57.

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

For more information about the event, contact Jennifer Edwards, Ph.D., at (718) 862-7127 or

By Pete McHugh