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The Enlightenment topic for BYU Kennedy Center lecture Sept. 9

Terrence James Reed, a fellow of the British Academy, The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and the Jena Collegium Europaeum, will present a free David M. Kennedy Center lecture, “Reversals — Enlightenment and the Movements of the Heavens,” Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Reed’s speech will focus on the 18th-century history of ideas analyzing a wide range of sources from the Bible to the German poet, Bertolt Brecht.

Reed was also a Fellow at St. John’s College at Oxford after which he held the Taylor Professorship in German at the University of Oxford from 1988 to 2004. In 1999, Reed was the Schiller Professor at the University of Jena and received the Gold Medal of the International Goethe Society in Weimar. In 2003, he was awarded a Humboldt Foundation research prize.

Reed is the author of many articles and books, including “Thomas Mann: The Uses of Tradition,” the first comprehensive study of Thomas Mann in English. His most recent book on the German Enlightenment will be published in German this year and later in English version.

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on events sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, see the calendar online at

For more information please contact Cory Leonard at (801) 422-0382.

Writer: Ricardo Castro

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