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   Communities in Conversation: Dr. Darrin McMahon Presents "Divine Fury: A History of Genius"

   Date : Wednesday, 13 November 2013       From : 6:00pm   To : 8:00pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : McCallum Ballroom/ Crain Reception Hall

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Dr. Darrin M. McMahon is the Ben Weider Professor of History at Florida State University and previously taught at Yale University and the University of Rouen, France. He has written and edited many books including Enemies of the Enlightenment: The French Counter-Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity (2001) and Happiness: A History (2006, translated into 13 languages). His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Daedalus, and the Wilson Quarterly, and his writing has been featured on CBS's “Sunday Morning,” the BBC, the CBC, and several National Public Radio programs.

At 6 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College, McMahon will present a free public lecture titled "Divine Fury: A History of Genius." The talk will draw on his new book, which traces the intellectual history of the idea of genius in Western thought. The lecture will examine where our modern notion of "genius" began and the complex pathways it traveled to arrive at the present day–from Newton and Napoleon, through the period when a skull's dimensions were thought to indicate intelligence, right up to Einstein, the last of the genius-titans. Ranging from the ancients to the moderns, from the poets to the whiz kids of Silicon Valley, McMahon will seek to question what genius has meant to us, and what it might still mean today.

McMahon's lecture will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Judaken, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes, at (901) 843-3292, or

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