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Marvelous Margaret

This year’s UCLA International Conference,“Secular Enlightenment: Balancing Faith and Masonic Virtues” will celebrate the legacy of esteemed Masonic scholar Margaret Jacob, Ph.D. Jacob will be retiring from UCLA this year, where she has served for several years as a distinguished professor of history.

Jacob’s groundbreaking research and prolific writings on Freemasonry and intellectual history, particularly in the Enlightenment Era, are highly regarded by Masonic and academic scholars throughout the world. She is considered a pioneer in the field of the history of civil society with emphasis on Masonic history. Her work has provided important insight into the early development of Freemasonry, documenting crucial connections between early European Freemasons and the craft as we know it today.

Jacob’s self-proclaimed “search for the historical reality of Freemasonry” first gained attention in 1983 with the publication of her book, “The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons and Republicans.” Her subsequent academic research and publications, including “Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe” and “The Origins of Freemasonry. Facts and Fictions,” have been developed through first-hand archival research in England, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, France, and other countries.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; past president of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies; elected member of the American Philosophical Society; and recipient of the 1976 Louis Gottschalk Prize, awarded by the American Historical Association for outstanding historical or critical study on the 18th century. Jacob has also completed fellowships with the Guggenheim Foundation; Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences; Princeton University, Institute for Advanced Study; Getty Research Institute; and University of Warwick.

Celebrate the legacy of Margaret Jacob at the UCLA International Conference on Freemasonry, taking place on April 7 in Los Angeles.

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