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Yale University’s David Bromwich presents Tocqueville lecture April 10

Last updated April 1, 2019

By Furman News

David Bromwich, author and Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, will speak on the campus of Furman University Wednesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in the Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center.

His Cultural Life Program talk, “Power, Passion, and Mark Antony,” is free and open to the public. The lecture is the final talk in the five-part Tocqueville Lecture Series “Love, Friendship and Politics.”

Bromwich is the author of numerous books including “Moral Imagination: Essays” (Princeton, 2014), “The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence” (Belknap, Harvard, 2014), “Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry” (Chicago, 2001) and “Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s” (Chicago, 2000).

He has written essays on William Shakespeare, Mary Wollstonecraft, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Orson Welles and others, as well as book reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. He is also a frequent writer on political topics at The Huffington Post.

Bromwich previously taught at Princeton University, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s and a doctorate from Yale University.

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Furman Department of Politics and International Affairs at 864-294-3547, and Or visit

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The Tocqueville Program is an intellectual community devoted to seeking clarity about the moral and philosophic questions at the heart of political life. The program hosts curricular and extracurricular activities designed to help students and faculty to engage seriously with the most powerful arguments behind diverse and competing religious, political and ethical points of view.

The program is named for Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French author, statesman and traveler who developed a “new science of politics” focused on the study of the modern democratic soul. On the contested, partisan questions of his time, Tocqueville “undertook to see, not differently, but further than the parties.” The Tocqueville Program aims to follow his example.

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