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Part I: The Emergence of Political “-Isms”

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar with Lloyd S. Kramer

March 30-31, 2012

Le Serment des HoracesModern Europe has been a site of cultural innovations, political upheavals, social changes, and devastating wars that shaped the emergence of numerous ideologies and “-isms.”  Both the critics and defenders of European ideas continue to argue about the enduring “-isms” of Western culture. Lloyd Kramer will take us on a three-part historical journey through many of the ideologies that have contributed to the cultural and political conflicts of the modern world. In this first seminar of a three-part series over three semesters, Professor Kramer will focus on political ideologies that emerged in Europe after the eighteenth-century “Enlightenment.” Beginning with an overview of “-isms” as a framework for the analysis of modern history, this first seminar in the series will explore Enlightenment Progressivism, Conservatism and Nationalism, Liberalism and Feminism, and Capitalism and Early Socialism. The influence of these cultural and political ideas extends far beyond Europe and informs the global conflicts of our own time.


Lloyd S. Kramer is Dean E. Smith Distinguished Term Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also serves as chair of the History Department. He has been teaching European and global history at Chapel Hill since 1986. He is a past recipient of both the Johnston Teaching Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. He is the author of several books, including Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions and Nationalism in Europe and America: Politics, Cultures, and Identities since 1775.


The Modern “-Isms” and Enlightenment Progressivism

Conservatism and Nationalism

Liberalism and Feminism

Capitalism and Early Socialism

Time and Cost

4:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, through 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012. The tuition is $125 ($110 by February 3). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by February 3). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner on Friday evening is $20.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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