The Phi Beta Kappa Association of East Central Illinois




Breen 2009 


Dr. T. H. Breen

William Smith Mason Professor of American History and Director of the Center for Historical Studies, Northwestern University


“Marketplace of Revolution: Consumer Boycotts and the Politics of Resistance Before American Independence”


Thursday, September 24, 2009


Lecture Hall (rm. 1210), Doudna Fine Arts Center

Reception to follow

Please join us for this entertaining and enlightening lecture!  


Dr. T. H. Breen, a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences award, has been a member of the Northwestern University faculty since 1970. His additional accolades include: Recipient, Alexander von Humboldt Award; Visiting Professor, University of Chicago; Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, Cambridge University; Harmsworth Professor, Oxford University; and Fellow, Max Planck Institute, National Humanities Center, and Rockefeller Center (Bellagio). He is a former member, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and has been Fellow, ACLS and Guggenheim Foundation, and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1986-87.

Dr. Breen is the author or co-author of Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution (T. Saloutos Prize); Imagining the Past: East Hampton Histories (Historical Preservation Book Prize);America: Past and PresentMarketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence(Colonial War Society Prize for the best book in 2004 on the American Revolution); and Rising of the People: American Insurgents on the Eve of Independence, 1774-1776 (in progress). His research interests include colonial America, the American Revolution, history of political thought, material culture, cultural anthropology, and popular political culture.


Thanks to Phi Beta Kappa, the Office of the Provost, the EIU Dept. of History, the College of Arts and Humanities, and Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences for their generous support of this event.