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CU to host Andrew Jackson Lecturer



On Wednesday, October 1, at 6:30 P.M., Cumberland University will host Mr. Jan Hildenhagen, who will speak on “Cincinnatus or Caesar: Andrew Jackson and the Classical Discourse in the Early Republic.”


Hildenhagen, a lecturer and doctoral candidate in history at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, is spending the 2014-15 academic year researching his dissertation, which focuses on the connection between the early American republic and ancient Greece and Rome. His research, based in newspaper articles, pamphlets, congressional debates, and private letters, argues that Americans consulted classical history in order to understand threats to their new republic and used it to frame political decisions during the first half of the nineteenth century. In addition to his talk at Cumberland, Hildenhagen is giving talks at the University of Virginia at Wise, the University of Texas at Austin, and American University in Washington, DC.


Hildenhagen’s lecture will be followed by a short question-and-answer period.


The event will be held in Labry Hall Room 130 and is open to the public. Reservations are not required, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early for optimal seating.


This event is part of Cumberland University’s CONNECT program, an out-of-class program for freshmen and sophomore students designed to help them gain an appreciation for the small liberal arts learning experience. This lecture is sponsored by the Cumberland University History Society and Cumberland University’s Alpha Xi Tau chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society.


For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Cheathem at 615-547-1341 or