Iona College to Host International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies


Paine common sense 1776NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On October 19th and 20th Iona College in partnership with the Thomas Paine National Historical Association, will host a gathering of national and international scholars for presentations and discussion on the life, legacy and ideas of a long neglected Founding Father of the United States, Thomas Paine.

In addition to 32 papers delivered in 12 sessions of scholarly presentations, the conference will also feature a keynote speech by Lewis Lapham (former editor of Harper’s Magazine), a presentation of the play, Citizen Paine, as well as receptions at the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Building and the Thomas Paine Cottage.

Thanks to a grant from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust, the conference is free for Iona faculty, students, independent scholars and the general public.

For more information on the conference (schedule, accommodation, registration), please visit the Thomas Paine Conference website at: or contact Daniel E. Thiery, PhD, conference coordinator and chair, department of history at

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OldTimerNR on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:34

I studied Thomas Paine's writings at Iona, my alma mater, a truly wonderful, safe, fun, and studious environment. The faculty and administration truly care about producing educated and responsible graduates for our nation's progress. Good to see New Rochelle is moving in the right direction with Iona College as it's higher ed partner.

Deist on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:52

I hope they cover Thomas Paine's Deism and the courage it took for him to write his landmark work on God, Deism and religion, The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition. We sure do owe Thomas Paine a lot!

Progress! Bob Johnson

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