Katherine Lynch Rethinks the French Welfare State

Katherine A. Lynch of Carnegie Mellon University is featured in the next Washington History Seminar on Monday, March 7 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center.  Her seminar is entitled “Rethinking the French Welfare State” and will delineate the French welfare state in long-term historical perspective and consider the multiple strands of tradition, institutions, and policies that contributed to its founding and development. It will link practices to successive political regimes and make comparisons between French and British welfare systems. What are the possible future directions of French welfare policy in view of past precedents and current conditions?

Katherine Lynch is Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. A social historian, she has written on European family history and the histories of charity and poor relief. Her latest book is Individuals, Families, and Communities in Europe, 1200–1800: The Urban Foundations of Western Society (2003).

Reservations are requested because of limited seating.  To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103.  The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center and facilitates the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives Click for the Spring 2011 schedule and topics, as well as links to videos of past presentations. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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