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Alan Charles Kors is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches the intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries. He has received both the Lindback Foundation Award and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for distinguished college teaching. Dr. Kors graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1964, and he received his M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1968) from Harvard University, in European History. He is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kors has written on the history of skeptical, atheistic, and materialist thought in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France, on the Enlightenment in general, on the history of European witchcraft beliefs, and on academic freedom.

Kors co-founded---with civil libertarian Harvey A. Silverglate---and served from 2000 to 2006 as chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

He writes pieces for both libertarian and conservative journals on political matters. He is an occasional contributor to Reason. His essay "Can There Be An After Socialism?" was published by the journal "Social Philosophy & Policy"

Kors has also been active in the defense of free speech since his arrival at Penn. In the widely covered 1993 "water buffalo incident," he defended Eden Jacobowitz against charges that he harassed a group of black sorority sisters. In the early morning hours, as the sorority was celebrating loudly outside the dorms, multiple students yelled from their windows, in various ways, for the sorority to cease. When the police came to question students, Jacobowitz volunteered that he yelled, "Shut up, you water buffalo," a slur that was characterized as racist. The sorority members eventually dropped the charges. Kors later defended another University of Pennsylvania student in 2005 during a controversy surrounding the student's right to take a photo of other University students having sex against a dorm window.

In 1992 President George H. W. Bush named him to the Council of the National Endowment of the Humanities. He was confirmed by the United States Senate and served on the committee for six years.

In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Kors the National Humanities Medal for his "scholarship, devotion to the Humanities, and...defense of academic freedom." In 2006, he was the T.B. Davie Memorial Lecturer on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

He has served on the boards of The Historical Society and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

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Total Books: 9
Epicureans and Atheists in France 1650-1729
2016 - Epicureans and Atheists in France 1650-1729 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781107132641
ISBN-10: 1107132649
Genres: History, Politics & Social Sciences

Atheism in France 1650-1729 Volume I The Orthodox Sources of Disbelief
2014 - Atheism in France 1650-1729 Volume I the Orthodox Sources of Disbelief [Princeton Legacy Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780691609065
ISBN-10: 0691609063
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Social Sciences

The Shadow University The Betrayal Of Liberty On America's Campuses
1999 - The Shadow University the Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060977726
ISBN-10: 0060977728
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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Witchcraft in Europe 1100-1700
Witchcraft in Europe 1100-1700 (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780460041287
ISBN-10: 0460041282

Atheism in France 1650-1729 The Orthodox Sources of Disbelief
Atheism in France 1650-1729 the Orthodox Sources of Disbelief [Atheism in France, 1650-1729] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780691055756
ISBN-10: 0691055750
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

Witchcraft in Europe 1100-1700 A Documentary History
Witchcraft in Europe 1100-1700 a Documentary History [Sources of Medieval History] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812276459
ISBN-10: 0812276450

The Birth of the Modern Mind An Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries
The Birth of the Modern Mind an Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries [The Great Courses, Parts 1 and 2] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781565853508
ISBN-10: 1565853504

Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment
Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment [Great Courses The Teaching Company] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781598031492
ISBN-10: 159803149X