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Lecture to explore the origins of terror in the French Revolution

MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

John Burney, vice provost for academic affairs at Drake University, will present a lecture as part of the University’s Humanities Colloquium series on Thursday, March 6. 

The talk, titled “War, Poverty, Democracy or Conspiracy: Interpreting the Origins of Terror in the French Revolution,” is free and open to the public and will start at 3:30 p.m. in the Honors Lounge of Medbury Hall, 2730 Forest Ave. 

Burney’s lecture also is part of Drake’s Engaged Citizen Experience program, which aims to inform students on global issues and help them understand the ways in which citizens can confront these challenges through democracy.  This year’s theme is: “Poverty, Development and Social Responsibility: Whose World is it Anyway?” 
All program events are free and open to the public. The remainder of the spring series is listed below: 

  • March 11 — CEO Panel: Poverty, Development and Corporate Responsibility. Executive in Residence Spring lecture by Jim Myers of Myers Management and Capital Group in Phoenix, Ariz., and Dan Schweiker of China Mist Brands in Scottsdale, Ariz., 6 p.m., Bulldog Theater.
  • March 24 — “Greening the War on Terrorism: How environmentalists became the government’s top domestic terror threat,” Will Potter, an independent journalist from Washington, D.C. Event sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Engaged Citizen Experience, Environmental Science and Policy and the Drake Law School, 6 p.m., Bulldog Theater.
  • April 9 — “Rwanda’s Giswati Forest: A Forest of Hope or a Conservation Alamo for Chimpanzees?” by Dr. Ben Beck from Great Ape Trust of Iowa, 3:00 p.m., location TBA.
  • April 21 — Second Annual Engaged Citizen Experience Town Hall Meeting, keynote address by Mark Kende, Drake professor of law, followed by student group presentations, 6 p.m., Parents Hall, Olmsted Center.

For more information on the Engaged Citizen Experience program and its events, contact John Burney at 515-271-3804 or john.burney@drake.edu.