Laura Auricchio, author of the newly released book “The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered,” will deliver the 2014 Lafayette Birthday Lecture at Lafayette College from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in Skillman Library, Gendebien Room.
The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available for sale at the campus bookstore.
Auricchio has written a “sharp and moving biography” of Lafayette that explores how the Marquis de Lafayette’s reputation rose to great heights during the American Revolution only to collapse more than a decade later during the French Revolution. Drawing on extensive archival, print, and visual resources from the period, Auricchio brings Lafayette to life as a man of high ideals doing his best to make his way through uncommonly treacherous times.
Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School in New York, Auricchio studies the intersections of politics and visual culture in the era of the French and American Revolutions, recently completing an exhibition and catalog titled Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections, 1750-1850.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Skillman Library.