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Nine Lives of Benjamin Franklin (Space limited to 150 members) (Closed)

Course Description:

Franklin's genius is a puzzle. Born to a humble family of candlemakers, his rise to the front ranks of American history was as unexpected as it was meteoric. HIstorical scholar Richard Bell examines Franklin's ascent and his considerable efforts to build a better world. Many of his ideas encompassed not only natural science and engineering, but also public works, music, civic improvements, political trailblazing, and commerce.


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Wednesday, Dec. 2 *4:00 - 5:15* (1 session)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Richard Bell, Ph.D., is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He received his doctorate from Harvard University and has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge and the Library of Congress. He is an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr. Bell's new online course, "America's Long Struggle Against Slavery" can be found at