A specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture, Weber is a fashion historian and the author of "Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution." She is also an Associate French Professor at Barnard College.
Question: With whom would you like to have dinner?
Caroline Weber: Oh gosh. Oh wow. If I had to go to dinner with just one person in all of history, that’s so hard. But I think I would want to go to dinner with Jesus Christ just to ask how much of it was true. I’m constantly getting into arguments with my New Age friends about to what extent is Christ a metaphor for boundless love and forgiveness and to what extent these miracles really happened. Other friends of mine, Jewish friends of mine like to say that all of the wisdom of Christ already existed in other prophets and messiahs. So I would love to get clearer picture on a foundational aspect of world religion by talking to Jesus a little bit more. I think that would have to be my choice.
Recorded on October 13, 2009