December 3, 2013
History Instructor Ted Marotta recently returned from Manchester, England where he attended and presented a paper at an International Conference of Thomas Paine Scholars, titled “Citizen of the World: The Use and Abuse of Thomas Paine,” at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
Marotta sat on a panel with Benjamin E. Park of University of Cambridge and Rosina Martucci of University of Salerno, to discuss Paine, Christianity and Deism and read his paper titled, Defending God: Thomas Paine’s Last Crusade.
The two-day conference was organized by Manchester Metropolitan University. The keynote speech was given by Harvey J. Kaye, a Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Kaye’s keynote was titled, The Struggle for Paine’s Memory and American Democracy.
Marotta is a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Albany. His dissertation, Defending God: Thomas Paine’s Last Crusade and the Contest Over His Memory, and his research interests lie principally in the field of U.S. cultural and intellectual history. “It was an amazing opportunity and an honor to be among distinguished scholars from around the world,” said Marotta.