Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Iris de Rode, a member of our 2019-20 class of research fellows. She will discuss her research topic, The “soldier-philosopher”, marquis François-Jean de Chastellux (1734-1788) and American Independence . A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Rubenstein Leadership Hall
Fred W. Smith National Library
3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Francois Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux. Charles Willson Peale, from life, c. 1782, Oil on canvas. Independence NHP INDE 14038 Iris' dissertation focuses on François-Jean de Chastellux (1734-1788), a French philosopher and Major General of the French expeditionary forces during the American War of Independence. Chastellux is relevant because of his networks: as a well-known nobleman, he was part of the French court; as a philosophe and academician, he was a valued member of the Republic of letters; and as an officer he was prominent in the French army.

This year, Iris is preparing a biography on Chastellux. The account of his life and the analysis of his ideas serve as a window into the inner workings of the “Ancien Régime” in France, the Atlantic Republic of letters, and the military and intellectual processes of the Franco-American alliance during the War of Independence.

About Iris de Rode

Iris de Rode is a Dutch PhD-candidate in France, at the University of Paris VIII, under supervision of Prof. Bertrand Van Ruymbeke. Iris teaches European, American and Transatlantic history at SciencesPo. She is the co-author of La Marche sur Yorktown, le journal de Mathieu Dumas (16 juin-6 octobre 1781), with Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (2018).

Recipient of the Chastellux Research Fellowship funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.

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