Columbia University Maison Française presents a live virtual conversation in French with historian Patrick Boucheron and Jeffrey Freedman.
In his book, Un été avec Machiavel (The Art of Teaching People What to Fear), Boucheron makes a case for rereading Machiavelli and for reading Machiavelli today. In this conversation, Boucheron reflects on the intersection of history, political theory and contemporary politics, touching on Machiavelli’s analyses of power and politics, his exploration of the dynamics of political fear, and how the political analyses of an earlier period can illuminate the present.
Patrick Boucheron is Professor of History at the Collège de France. The starting points for this conversation are his books Un été avec Machiavel and Conjurer la peur, both recently translated into English.
Jeffrey Freedman is Professor of European History at Yeshiva University. He is currently working on the place of fear in the history of emotions.
The live webinar will be in French. English subtitles will be added to the recording on the Maison française website subsequently.