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Brains in a Bar – Henry VIII: Terrible tyrant or populist prince?

Thursday, October 19, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

The Black Labrador
4100 Montrose Blvd #8
Houston, TX 77002

Brains in a Bar - Henry VIII: Huge tyrant or populist prince?

October 19 at 6:30-8:30 PM

Henry VIII was one of the largest characters to strut upon the world's stage. He initiated ‎massive political and religious change in the name of the people and cultivated popularity with tournaments, invasions of France, the printing press, and acts of liberality. Nevertheless his unpredictable temper, laziness, and capacity for cruelty kept his court in a state of tension. Join Rice Alumni and Aysha Pollnitz in the pub to talk about populism, past and present.

Dr. Pollnitz is an early modern historian whose research focuses on the transmission of knowledge and ideas in Europe and the Atlantic.  Her first book on Princely education in early modern Britain shows how humanist education transformed political and religious culture by contributing to the growth of royal power and significant opposition to it in Tudor and Stuart Britain. Dr. Pollnitz is currently researching the translation of liberal education to the Americas in the sixteenth and seventeenth century.  She is particularly interested in the classical schooling of indigenous elites in New England and New Spain and the contribution of the liberal arts and sciences to discourses of empire and social mobility in the New World. 

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:00 p.m. (CST)