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"Disruptive Knowledge: Diderot’s Encyclopédie and the World of the French Enlightenment”

  • Thompson Center 6705 Dodge Street Omaha, NE, 68182 United States (map)

Alliance Francaise d’Omaha in collaboration with UNO’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literature proudly presents:

Diderot’s Encyclopédie and the World of the French Enlightenment

A luncheon presentation and discussion featuring Scott St. Louis, Grand Valley State University

11:00 — Arrive, Mingle, French Conversation Table

11:45 — Luncheon and Presentation

Event Fee:

$20 Members    -   $25 Non-members    -   $15 Student Members

Cost includes:  Presentation-discussion and a buffet luncheon with Classic Caesar Salad, Parmesan Grilled Chicken with Roasted Garlic & Herb Cream Sauce, Rice Pilaf, French Green Beans Almondine, Rolls, Coffee, and tax & tip.

Vegetarian Meals may be requested in advance.   Sorry but no wines are available at this event!

RSVP Instructions

Advance payment and reservations are required by March 13th.  Cancellations can be made to March 13 with full refund less $3 processing fee per order.

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If you are not registering and paying online, please Email with full names in your party, and whether member, guest, student, and any vegetarian request.  Please mail your payment to : Alliance Française d’Omaha, 7914 W. Dodge Road – Suite 102 , Omaha, NE 68114, prior to March 13th to ensure your reservation. 

Scott St. Louis

Scott St. Louis

The Encyclopédie, published between 1751 and 1772, attempted to record all human knowledge while promoting freedom of expression. Weighing in at twenty-eight volumes and over twenty-one million words, this colossal text is one of the most influential documents of the French Enlightenment. For promoting such ideas as political liberty and critical thinking, its editors were threatened with the death penalty by the French monarchy. We will explore the history of the Encyclopédie and some of its most famous contributors.


About the Presenter:

Scott currently serves as Program Manager of the Common Ground Initiative in the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To date, he has given 30 individual and group presentations at the meetings of many scholarly associations, including the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Midwestern History Association.  

Make your reservations now!  This will be a highly interesting presentation.