Hall Center For The Humanities


Jill Lepore
David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

"Unseen--The History of Privacy"
Humanities Lecture Series

Tue., Oct. 22, 2013, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Supported by the Sosland Foundation of Kansas City
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History and chair of the History and Literature Program at Harvard University. Her research interests include the history of war and violence, as well as the history of language and literacy. She is the author of 8 books, including The Story of America: Essays on Origins (2012), a collection of wide-ranging essays framed by the idea of the United States as itself a set of stories, and New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan (2006), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History. In this lecture, Lepore traces the history of invisible people, including H.G. Wells' invisible man, considering the strange history of the relationship between the unseen and unknown. In an illustrated lecture that ranges from the mysteries of the medieval church to the privacy settings on Facebook, Lepore argues that what was once mysterious became secret and, finally, private.

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