Welcome to the Yale Club of Houston - 2013 Annual dinner - Professor John Merriman, Charles Seymour Professor of History


2013 Annual dinner - Professor John Merriman, Charles Seymour Professor of History

“The Origins of Modern Terrorism in Fin-de-Siècle Paris”

Please join us for the Yale Club's 2013 Annual Dinner. We will have a cocktail reception followed by dinner. We will update our members on our activities through the past year as well as upcoming initiatives. 

The 2013 Annual Dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 8th, at 6:30pm. The location will be: 

The Briar Club
2603 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027

Please RSVP by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Please be sure to select the ticket purchase corresponding to either chicken or fish for your dinner selection.

Members and guests: $40/person
Non-members and guests: $50/person
Young alums and guests: $25/person

Now to the most important part of the Annual Dinner!

We are honored to have as our guest speaker for the evening Professor John Merriman, Charles Seymour Professor of History. The topic for his talk will be “The Origins of Modern Terrorism in Fin-de-Siècle Paris,” based on his most recent book Dynamite Club:

On a February evening in 1894, a young radical intellectual named Émile Henry drank two beers at an upscale Parisian café and then departed, intentionally leaving something behind: a bomb. This incident, which rocked the French capital, ignited a “war on terror” that has much in common with our own. In his talk to the Yale Club of Houston, historian John Merriman will show how Henry and his cohorts became, in effect, the first terrorists in modern history — and he will ask us to reflect on what we can learn from the way late‐19th century France responded to them.

For additional background, Professor Merriman's biography is below:

John Merriman, the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale, teaches French and modern European history. He has been on the Yale faculty since 1973 and was Master of Branford College from 1983 to 1991. His recent books, all of which have been published in multiple languages, include The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French Urban Frontier (Oxford, 1991); Police Stories: Making the French State, 18151851 (Oxford, 2005); and A History of Modern Europe Since the Renaissance (W.W. Norton, 3rd edition 2009). He received Yale’s Byrnes/Sewall Teaching Prize in 2000, was awarded a Docteur Honoris Causa by the French government in 2002, and was presented with the “Medal of Meritorious Service to Polish Education” in Warsaw in 2009. Two of his history courses — “France Since 1871” and “European Civilization, 1648–1945” — are available on line through Yale’s YouTube channel. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Dinner! 





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