History Professor Robert J. Allison will deliver the Society of the Cincinnati's annual George Rogers Clark Lecture, given by leading historians of the American Revolution for more than 40 years, on the topic "Was the American Revolution Inevitable." .

The lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and may be watched online at that time. The link also will be available on the society's homepage after 4 p.m. EDT on the day of the lecture.

The Society of the Cincinnati is a patriotic-hereditary society founded by the officers of the Continental Army with 13 branches in the United States and one in France. Founded in 1783, it is the oldest hereditary society in North America.

“This is one of the greatest honors I’ve ever received,” said Allison, an esteemed Boston educator and historian. “The list of past speakers reads like a Who’s Who of American historians who have shaped our understanding of the Revolution.”

Among the George Rogers Clark lecturers are Pulitzer Prize-winners Edmund S. Morgan, David McCullough, Gordon S. Wood, and David Hackett Fischer.

Allison, who teaches a course about the American Revolution at Suffolk and has written and edited books on the events that gave birth to America, will deliver his speech at the Society of Cincinnati’s Anderson House, located along Embassy Row in Washington, DC.

Allison, an honorary member of the Society of Cincinnati’s Massachusetts chapter, says that his speech will focus on the origins of the American Revolution.

“My goal is to inspire people – both by the story itself and the ways we can find new stories to tell about the Revolution,” he said.

Allison’s speech will be made available as a learning tool for educators on the high school and college level, as well all other interested parties. His lecture also will be posted on the Society of the Cincinnati website.