SAINT ANDREW'S SOCIETY LECTURE SERIES
The Influence of the Scottish Enlightenment on the US Declaration & Constitution
presented by Editor, Author and Critic, Nicholas Birns
We will look at the language of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution inductively, as the Scottish Enlightenment thinkers would wish, and look at places where the characteristic style and values of Scottish thinking might have impacted the documents. We will also look at broader intellectual influences of Scottish thinkers on the Framers.
WHEN: Thursday, April 30th | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York
150 East 55th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10022
Reception & Talk: Tickets: $25
About the Speaker:
Nicholas Birns is the editor of Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/NZ Literature. He is the author of Understanding Anthony Powell (University of South Carolina Press, 2004) and the co-editor of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 (Camden House, 2007), a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 2008. His Theory After Theory: An Intellectual History of Literary Theory From 1950 to the Early 21st Century appeared from Broadview in 2010. His other books include Barbarian Memory: The Legacy of Early Medieval History in Early Modern Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead (Sydney University Press in 2015). He has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Hollins Critic, Exemplaria, MLQ, and Partial Answers. Nicholas teaches literature courses at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.