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[Past Event] Dr. Richard Bell Live! - Declaration of Independence | Ryan Ranch

Course Description:

The Declaration of Independence is a peculiar thing. It’s a literary masterpiece that was written jointly by a committee of fifty people. It’s short and punchy—just 1,310 words long—but still somehow daunting and difficult to get to grips with. And what is it exactly? Is it a birth certificate announcing happy news, a petition for divorce, or something else? What did people at the time make of it? Renowned historian Dr. Richard Bell pays a special visit to Ryan Ranch to uncover its fascinating origins, misunderstood purpose, and extraordinary global legacy. The talk will be followed by a reception featuring wine, small bites and dear friends.

With 70 members enrolled, we've exceeded capacity, and we thank you for your enthusiastic support of this offering.


Tuition: $0.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


Friday, Aug. 18 *4:30 - 5:45 pm* (Reception 5:45 - 7:00 pm) (1 session)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Seats are limited.


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.