A lecture by Professor Jill Lepore, Department of History, Harvard University
Sponsored by Theta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
Monday, April 2, 2012
Jill Lepore, a noted essayist whose works have appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, will discuss the life of Benjamin Franklin’s sister, Jane Mecum, tonight at 7:30 at Ware College House.
The discussion is free and open to the public.
Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Visiting Scholar.
She is the author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History (Princeton, 2010), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan (Knopf, 2005), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award for the best non-fiction book on race, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity (Knopf, 1998), winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, and the Berkshire Prize and a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award; and Blindspot (Spiegel and Grau, 2008), a novel written jointly with Jane Kamensky, also a Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
Lepore’s research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Charles Warren Center, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Her next two books, The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death (Knopf) and The Story of America: Essays on Origins (Princeton), are scheduled to publish in 2012.
Lepore’s essays and reviews also have appeared in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, American Scholar, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, the Journal of American History and American Quarterly.
She has served as a consultant for the National Park Service and currently serves on the boards of the National Portrait Gallery and the Society of American Historians. In 2011-12 she is a Visiting Scholar of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
This event is open to the public.
Free; no tickets required.