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May 29-30, 2015

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s final defeat at Waterloo in June 1815. Recognizing the long-term influence of Napoleon’s life and imperial actions, this seminar will examine the emergence of the Napoleonic imperial regime after the French Revolution of 1789, Napoleon’s significance as a military commander, the enduring legacy of Napoleonic warfare, and Napoleon’s diverse influences on European culture. Lloyd Kramer and Max Owre will interpret Napoleon’s life and career, drawing on their expertise in French history to connect Napoleon’s actions to wider patterns in modern political, military, and cultural history. Who was Napoleon and why does he remain important two centuries after Waterloo? These are the questions we’ll explore at this two-day seminar, which will feature two (non-Napoleonic) leaders of the Program in the Humanities and Human Values.

Topics & Speakers

Napoleon’s Imperial System and “Great Man” Theories of History
Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History and Faculty Director, Program in the Humanities

Napoleon: Lucky Inheritor or Military Genius?
Maximilian Owre, Executive Director, Program in the Humanities, and Lecturer in History

Bonaparte’s Defeat and the Legacy of Napoleonic Warfare
Maximilian Owre

Napoleon’s Influence on European Culture
Lloyd Kramer

Why Does Napoleon Endure?
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost

4:30 p.m. Friday, May 29 through 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015. The tuition is $125 ($110 by May 22). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by May 22). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner Friday evening is $20.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar. *If a seminar is marked “sold out,” we urge you to sign up for the waiting list as a place may become available. Also, if there is a significant demand, we may repeat the seminar and you will have the opportunity to register first. To be placed on a waiting list for a sold out seminar, please send an email with your name(s), address, and daytime phone number to or contact us by phone at (919) 962-1544.