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Session Program for First International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College

Iona College hosted a gathering of national and international scholars for presentations and discussion on the life, legacy and ideas of a long neglected Founding Father of the United States, Thomas Paine. In addition to twelve sessions of scholarly presentations, the conference also featured a keynote speech by Lewis Lapham, a presentation of the play, Citizen Paine, as well as receptions at the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Building and the Thomas Paine Cottage.

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Conference Information

  • Session 1: Paine, Religion and Radicalism (Ryan Library, Romita Auditorium)
    • The Radicalisation of Thomas Paine: Bill Speck, Independent Scholar
    • Apostles of Freedom: Thomas Paine and Pro-French Democratic Crusaders in the Early American Republic: Matthew Rainbow Hale, Goucher College
    • Paine in the American Radical Lineage: Michael Lawrence, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Session 2: A Social and Cultural Legacy less Examined (Driscoll Hall, President's Dining Room)
    • "If We Women Have an Equal Right with You in Virtue": The Framing of Gender Roles in Paine's 'Occasional Letter on the Female Sex' and in the Equal Rights Amendment Public Discourse : Orly Shachar, Iona College
    • How much of the earth belongs to the living? Exploring Thomas Paine's ideas of inter-generational resource use: Jessica Panegyres, University of Oxford
    • In Memoriam: Alfred F. Andersen and the Tom Paine Institute: Brent Ranalli, Independent Scholar
  • Session 3: "The Age of Reason" (Ryan Library, Romita Auditorium)
    • Irreligion Made Easy: The Reaction to Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason: Patrick W. Hughes, University of Pittsburgh
    • Debating The Age of Reason: Rachel Spivack, City University of New York
    • Thomas Paine's Le Siècle de la Raison, ou Le Sens Commun Des Droits De L'Homme: Notes on the Earliest Edition of The Age of Reason: David C Hoffman, Baruch College and Claudia Carlos, Independent Scholar
  • Session 4: Money, Memory and the Currency of Paine (Driscoll Hall, President's Dining Room)
    • The Second American Crisis: Paine's Politics Toward Censorship, War and the Banks: Jake Hogan, University of Toronto
    • Thomas Paine, Post-Newtonian Inventor of the United States: Albert DiCanzio, Webster University
    • Erasure of Public Memory: The Strange Case of Tom Paine in Washington, D.C.: Richard Robyn, Kent State University
  • Session 5: The Literary Legacy (Ryan Library, Romita Auditorium)
    • Paine's Imperial Imagination: Ed Larkin, University of Delaware
    • Beginning the World Anew: Betsy Erkkila, Northwestern University
  • Session 6: The Political Paine (Ryan Library, Romita Auditorium)
    • Paine and Rights: Two Puzzles Reconsidered: Gregory Claeys, University of London
  • Keynote Presentation:
    • Lewis Lapham
  • Session 7: The Head and Heart of Revolution (Ryan Library, Room 308)
    • The Relationship Between Washington and Paine: Ryan Staude, State University of New York at Albany
    • The Other Pamphlet: Richard Price's Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, Paine's Common Sense, and the Origins of American Independence: Robert P. Forbes, University of Connecticut
  • Session 8: Social Contracts and the Foundation of Government (Ryan Library, Romita Auditorium)
    • Thomas Paine's Social Contract Theory: Carine Lounissi, University of Rouen
    • The Aims and Meaning of a Constitution According to Thomas Paine: Maurizio Griffo, University of Naples
    • Thomas Paine's Lessons on Republicanism - Marc Belissa, Univ. of Paris Ouest Nanterre
    • Thomas Paine and the Case against Hebraic Republicanism: William J. Murphy, Syracuse University
  • Session 9: New Illumination from New Methodologies (Driscoll Hall, President's Dining Room)
    • The Historiographical and Cultural Impact of Thomas Paine: A Quantitative Approach: Raymond D. Irwin, Kent State University
    • King and Government, England and America: Digital Text Analysis of Thomas Paine's Common Sense: Cristina Vignone, New York University
    • Author Attribution of Paine and his Contemporaries: Robert Schiaffino, Iona College, Smiljana Petrovic, Iona College, and Gary Berton, Thomas Paine National Historical Association
  • Session 10: Social Justice, the Oppressed and Marginalized (Ryan Library, Romita Auditorium)
    • A Friend to the Indians? Thomas Paine and Native America: Matthew Jennings, Macon State College
    • Paine's Antislavery Legacy: Some Additional Considerations: Mariam Touba, New-York Historical Society
    • To the French Inhabitants of Louisiana: Thomas Paine's Timequake: Fernin Eaton, Independent Scholar
  • Session 11: The Rhetorical and Poetic Paine (Driscoll Hall, President's Dining Room)
    • Thomas Paine, the English Ballad and Liberty in an Associational World: Scott Cleary, Iona College
    • A Kind of Bee-Hive: Paine and the Pennsylvania Magazine: Peter Chapin and Kara Nowakowski, Iona College
    • Thomas Paine as a Rhetorician: The Crisis, No. 1: Flora Caldwell, Independent Scholar
  • Session 12: Paine's American Identity (Ryan Library, Romita Auditorium)
    • A Man without a Country: Thomas Paine and Citizenship in the 18th century Atlantic World, Vikki Vickers, Weber State University
    • A National Hero in Transit: The Problem of Thomas Paine's American Citizenship, Bernard Vincent, University of Orléans
  • Closing Remarks and a Performance of Citizen Paine

Special Thanks to:

  • James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust
  • Provost Brian Nickerson
  • The Dean of Arts and Science Office
  • Ryan Library Administration and Staff
  • Iona College Facilities and Information Technology

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