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The Intersection of Freemasonry and Revolution


What was the role of Masonic lodges during the French Revolution? Is it true that the Masonic principles of equality and fraternity fueled the revolution, or was it the French Revolution that cemented these values within Masonic sociability?

At this year’s UCLA International Conference, taking place April 7 in Los Angeles, José Antonio Ferrer Benimeli, Ph.D., of the University of Zaragoza, Spain, will explore the fascinating intersection of Freemasonry and democracy in 18th century French society. Drawing upon a range of original research, he will show how Masons were found in the revolution, the counterrevolution, in exile, and as victims of the guillotine.

Benemeli will be joined by noted Masonic scholars from throughout the world, including:

  • Margaret C. Jacob, Ph.D.– University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire. Ph.D. – University of Nice, France
  • Jessica Harland-Jacobs, Ph.D. – University of Florida
  • Reinhard Markner, M.A. –University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Remzi Sanver, Ph.D. – French National Scientific Research Center
  • Susan Mitchell Sommers, Ph.D. – Saint Vincent College, Pennsylvania
  • María Eugenia Vázquez Semadeni, Ph.D. – University of California, Los Angeles




Conference registration is $30. Add a delicious Southern-style buffet brunch for just $20!

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