Humanities Institute to Feature UM Scholars in New Lecture Series

April 18, 2017

MISSOULA – The Humanities Institute at the University of Montana will host a lecture by Assistant Professor Claire Arcenas on Wednesday, April 19, as a part of the institute’s New Faculty Lecture Series.

Arcenas will present “Why Do Americans Love John Locke?” at 4 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

As a historian of early America, Arcenas holds a particular interest in transatlantic intellectual, cultural and political exchange between the late-17th and mid-20th centuries. Her current research investigates the influence of 17th-century English philosopher John Locke on America from before the American Revolution through the civil rights movement of the 20th century.

“The American idea of freedom is based on the ideas of John Locke,” said Humanities Institute director Nathaniel Levtow. “When the founders wrote the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, they knew they were putting his principles of political and religious freedom into action. Claire Arcenas is an expert on this towering figure over modern life and thought about the individual, society, education, politics, psychology, science and economics. We’ve been looking forward all year to hosting her public talk this Wednesday.”

Arcenas also teaches and advises her students on a range of topics in early American history and historical methodology.

For more information, call Ian Withrow at 406-243-2683 or email


Contact: Ian Withrow , media and information coordinator, UM College of Humanities and Sciences/Humanities Institute at UM, 406-243-2683,