Jill Lepore to speak on ‘This America: The Case for the Nation’

Jill Lepore to speak on ‘This America: The Case for the Nation’

Best-selling historian Jill Lepore to speak on "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 5:00pm

Lesley University invites the public to a lecture with international best-selling author and Harvard professor Jill Lepore. This free virtual event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. EST on Facebook Live.

Lepore will discuss her latest book, “This America: The Case for the Nation,” in which she maintains that while America has often failed to honor its founding principles of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” it still holds the promise of achieving these goals — goals which, she believes, are as vulnerable as they’ve ever been in America’s history. To achieve this promise, she argues, we need leaders motivated by love, not hatred, and whose vision of America is broad and inclusive, not narrow and discriminatory.

The lecture is part of Lesley’s CLAS Reads, a program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) in which all first-year students read a common text followed by a visit from the author.
“This book was chosen for its timeliness and importance,” says Lesley Associate Professor of Humanities Rob Wauhkonen. “Lepore explores her fear of the current administration’s embrace of nationalism, which she defines as ‘less a love for your own country than a hatred of other countries and their people and a hatred of people within your own country who don’t belong to an ethnic, racial, or religious majority,’ and how that threatens to divide the country with tragic consequences.”

A Q&A will follow the lecture.

About Jill Lepore:
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker and host of The Last Archive podcast. She teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry and American history. Lepore has published several books on American history and politics, including the New York Times bestseller, “These Truths.”

Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., focuses on the human arts, with programs that live at the intersection of education, counseling, and the visual arts. As the largest educator of teachers and counselors in New England, Lesley is preparing its 6,000 students to impact lives, strengthen communities and act as catalysts for a more just world. Lesley’s 90,000 alumni work around the world in a wide variety of roles including mental health counselors, educators, expressive arts therapists, business leaders, social workers, designers and visual artists.