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Since 1925 UCLA has honored its most distinguished scholars by selecting them to deliver this special annual lecture. By honoring them in this way, members of the academic community have an opportunity to appreciate these scholars' achievements in a way they may not have otherwise had.

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96th Faculty Research Lecture
Science and the Origins of Western Cosmopolitanism

Margaret C. Jacob
Professor , Department of History

Recorded April 15, 2004

Dr. Margaret C. Jacob, professor in the Department of History, has established a unique record of scholarly achievements, teaching and service at UCLA, following work in Britain, France, Holland, and other institutions in the United States.

The author or co-author of ten books and numerous scholarly articles, Professor Jacob has established a stellar record of insightful and archive-based scholarship. She joined the UCLA faculty in 1998.

Throughout her work, Jacob roots the Enlightenment in aspects of the history of science, but beyond that, she moves through political theory, developments in civil society, movements of people and ideas among nations, the rise of radical and republican sentiments, and women's contributions to the domestication of science within Western culture.

Her most recent published book, The Enlightenment: A Brief History (2001), presents a reinterpretation of the Enlightenment, exploring popular roots of intellectual change. Her forthcoming study (with Larry Stewart), Practical Matter: The Impact of Newton's Science, 1687 to 1851, will appear in the autumn from Harvard University Press. She is now finishing a book on the origins of cosmopolitanism.


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