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Start: 11/14/2012 16:00

For Fall 2012 The James W. Richard Lectures Present:

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus, Princeton University

"Treasure in Heaven": Wealth, Labor and the "Poor Among the Saints."Christian Giving from Paul to Pachomius

Lecture 2: "In the Likeness of the Angels": Alms and Labor in Third and Fourth Century Syria

The second lecture continues our discussion of giving with an analysis of the issue in the late third and fourth centuries as it emerged with particular sharpness in Syria.  A strong tradition of thought, shared by Manichees and by radical Christian ascetics, favored outright mendicancy by religious leaders.  Manichaean Elect and Christian monks were expected to live from the alms of the faithful.  They were supposed to have abandoned work.  Herein Professor Brown will examine the deeply rooted views on nature, the human person, and society that were implied by this choice to live "like angels," without the necessity to work for a living.

Tuesday, November 13th - Remember the Poor
Wednesday, November 14th - In the Likeness of the Angels   
Thursday, November 15th - The Work of the Hands...the Glory of Egypt

All lectures in the Harrison Auditorium at 4 p.m. each afternoon with a catered reception following each lecture.


Start: 11/14/2012 17:00

The University of Virginia Press and the Papers of James Madison invite you to hear acclaimed author Catherine Allgor speak on Dolley Madison and the "Vanishing Lady" who helped preserve her for history. In The Queen of America (August 2012; UVA Press), Catherine Allgor along with other Madison historians offers the annotated memoir of Dolley from her niece, Mary Cutts. The Cutts Memoirs not only tell us about Dolley Madison and political life of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but also about what it meant to be a Victorian lady who makes a bid to write history.

Queen of America: In search of the real Dolley Madison

Catherine Allgor

Wednesday, November 14, 5:00-6:45 p.m., at Jefferson Hall (Hotel C, West Range) c
Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m., at Montpelier in Orange, VA (Grand Salon, Visitor's Center)


Catherine Allgor is a Professor of History and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, and is the author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation and Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (Virginia).

Admission is free.

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University of Virginia
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