Thomas Paine Commemoration With John Nichols and More

Monday, June 8th 2009 at 11:30 am
Monday, June 8th 2009 at 1:30 pm
Thomas Paine Park (at Foley Square, across from the courthouses and bound by Centre, Worth, Pearl, and Lafayette Streets)

Join Thomas Paine Friends, Inc. and the Center for Inquiry-New York City on June 8 to commemorate Thomas Paine on the 200th anniversary of his death. The event will feature a number of speakers, music, socializing, and see the dedication of a new Thomas Paine historical sign.

Speakers will include:

John Nichols , writer and journalist who is the Washington, DC, correspondent for The Nation magazine and associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison, WI.  He is the author of The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism , and co-author of a number of books on media, political and social reform.

Eric Foner , DeWitt Clinton professor of history, Columbia University; past-president of the Organization of American Historians and president of the American Historical Association; his many books include Tom Paine and Revolutionary America and Paine: Collected Writings .

Craig Nelson , historian, eclectic writer and editor, and author of Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution and the Birth of Modern Nations , which won the 2007 Henry Adams prize. 

Frances Chiu , faculty in Humanities at the New School, where she teaches a course on Paine. Chiu is also editor and scholar on 18th and 19th century literature for Valancourt Books.

Michael De Dora Jr. , executive director of Center for Inquiry-New York City. CFI -- a global thinktank that promotes science, reason, and free inquiry, and their applications to human conduct, ethics, and society -- holds an annual Thomas Paine Memorial lecture every January.

Barbara and Graham Dean will perform songs -- guitar and vocal -- from their collection, "Common Sense Songs," and a number of organizations and individuals are expected to join in to offer a few words of homage to Paine and to the late Paul O'Dwyer whose initiative and vigorous work as City Council President led to the naming of Thomas Paine Park.