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American Founders Luncheon Series
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street

Dr. David J. Voelker
September 22, 2015American Founders Luncheon
“To Begin the World Over Again: Thomas Paine and the American Founding”

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Thomas Paine, author of “Common Sense,” a powerful War for Independence catalyst, has often been neglected as an American founder because of his activities after the American Revolution. Not only did Paine become associated with the radicalism of the French Revolution, but he also gained infamy for his scathing critique of Christianity in “The Age of Reason,” published in 1794-95. Although Paine deserves his reputation for impiety, he was by no means a “filthy little atheist,” as Theodore Roosevelt later described him. In fact, Paine’s political visions have surprisingly strong religious roots.

Join us on September 22, 2015, at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Club to hear Dr. David J. Voelker, associate professor of humanistic studies and history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, discuss “To Begin the World Over Again: Thomas Paine and the American Founding.” To register, please contact Brenda Vinton at blvinton@gcc.edu or (724) 450-1541. And, please bring a friend. The cost of lunch is $17.76.

 

Voekler.photoDavid Voelker is an associate professor of humanistic studies and history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he has been teaching since 2003. He holds a masters and doctoral degree in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published several articles and essays on early American history including: “Thomas Paine’s Civil Religion of Reason,” in The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life, edited by Daniel Dreisbach, Mark Hall, and Jeffry Morrison (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009); and “Cincinnati’s Infernal Regions Exhibit and the Waning of Calvinist Authority,” American Nineteenth Century History 9 (September 2008): 219–39. He has also conducted extensive research on the religious and political career of Orestes Brownson, a 19th century public intellectual who journeyed through Presbyterianism and Unitarianism to Roman Catholicism. He is currently editor-in-chief of Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review.

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