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8th Annual UCLA International Conference

Diversity and Exclusivity in 18th Century Freemasonry

Saturday, March 2, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
University of California, Los Angeles

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Connections and Divisions: The Fascinating History of Masonic Diversity

Explore the dichotomy of diversity and exclusivity in 18th century Freemasonry with an international panel of Masonic scholars. Expand your Masonic knowledge with surprising insights into our fraternity’s historic membership around the world!

  • Discover how Masonic artwork raised awareness of the horrors of the Catholic Church’s Inquisition, leading to an interdenominational condemnation of its discriminatory campaign.
  • Lose yourself in the story of a French journalist whose life trajectory wound a brilliant, scandalous, and volatile path through the French Revolution, Catholic priesthood, Freemasonry, and international politics.
  • Learn how a small congregation of Jewish Masons played a pivotal social role in Colonial Rhode Island, cultivating reunification of their diverse community following the tumultuous American Revolution.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the founders of Prince Hall Freemasonry, including their objective to be part of mainstream Freemasonry, rather than forming a parallel institution.

  • Registration for this all-day Masonic education opportunity is only $30. Add an optional catered lunch for just $20 more!

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    Catch an all-star lineup of Masonic researchers!

  • Reva Wolf, Ph.D., professor of art history at the State University of New York, New Paltz
  • Jeffrey Tyssens, Ph.D., professor of contemporary political history, Vrije University, Belgium
  • Samuel Biagetti, Ph.D., historian and adjunct professor of history, Community College of Rhode Island
  • Bro. John L. Hairston, honorary fellow of the Phylaxis Society, co-founder of the Golden Phoenix Society

  • Preeminent Masonic scholars Margaret C. Jacob and Susan Mitchell Sommers will be our hosts.



    About the Conference

    As part of its collaborative partnership with the history department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Institute for Masonic Studies presents an annual International Conference on Freemasonry on the UCLA campus. Open to students, historians, and members of the general public, these events seek to educate and inspire scholars of the craft.

    Past events

    Past International Conferences have focused on American and Latin American Freemasonry, global Freemasonry, Freemasonry within civil society, Masonic conspiracy theories, Freemasonry's spread to Africa and the Middle East, 300 Years of Freemasonry, and Balancing Faith and Masonic Virtues.

    Read a selection of papers from past UCLA conferences.

    For more information about the International Conference, contact Member Services.

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