Jill Lepore: American History from Beginning to End

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11/5/19 5:00 pm EST
L.V. Eberhard Center, Second Floor
401 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI
United States
Contact: Peg West
This public reception and lecture are part of Grand Valley State University's Fall Arts Celebration. It is being held at L.V. Eberhard Center, Second Floor on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Please join us before the event at the reception at 5 p.m. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served. All are welcome. What do you see when you look at 500 years, instead of the last five minutes? What can a long view of the past teach? Jill Lepore wants you to see history differently. The preeminent narrative historian of her generation has picked up a neglected historical genre and breathed new life into it by addressing the “asymmetries” of historical evidence. She brings those formerly excluded from power — often women and persons of color — into her account. She asserts that the United States is an experiment founded on three “truths”: political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. She presents history as an inquiry and a reckoning, not as “something easy or comforting but as something demanding and exhausting.” Join Lepore as she stokes your imagination to put yourself in a place in history and contemplate what it was like then to help give context to now. Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. One of her latest books is These Truths: A History of the United States (2018), on The New York Times best-seller’s list. Her most recent book, This America: The Case for the Nation, was published in May 2019. This event is free to the public.