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Daughters of American Colonists History Lecture to Explore 1790s Vision of a More Perfect World

Miami History Professor Andrew Cayton to Present 17th Annual Event

September 28, 2009

Distinguished professor of history Andrew Cayton

Distinguished professor of history Andrew Cayton

A vision of a more perfect world as professed by Thomas Paine and other enlightened thinkers of the late 18th century will be addressed at the 17th annual Wilmington College/Daughters of American Colonists History Lecture Monday (Oct. 5), at 7:30 p.m., in WC’s Kelly Center.

Andrew Cayton, distinguished professor of history at Miami University, will present “Radical Acts of Imagination: Love in the Age of Revolution.”

He will speak about a group of English and Americans, including Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Goodwin, in the 1790s and their vision of a more perfect world to be achieved and sustained not through politics but through conversation, books and friendship.

The Annual History Lecture, which is free of charge, was established by an endowment from the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists.

A native of Cincinnati, Cayton earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia and his master of arts and Ph.D. in history from Brown University.

He has been the John Adams (Fulbright) Professor of American Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands; a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Center at Bellagio, Italy, and a resident fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies in Monticello, Va.

Cayton has received teaching awards from Miami University and the Ohio Academy of History, and was recently named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.

He is currently collaborating on Imperial America, 1672-1764, a volume in the Oxford History of the United States.

His previous books include, with Fred Anderson, The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000, which was a History Book Club selection, a Washington Post Best Book of 2005 and a 2005 Book of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement.

He also co-authored Ohio: The History of a People, Frontier Indiana and The Frontier Republic: Ideology and Politics in the Ohio Country, 1780-1825, the latter of which received an Ohioana Book Award for history. In addition, Cayton has co-edited The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, The Center of a Great Empire: The Ohio Country in the Early American Republic, The American Midwest: Essays on Regional History, and Contact Points: American Frontiers from the Mohawk Valley to the Mississippi.