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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 • 3:00pm • Online, via Zoom
Today, we witness a striking indifference to and obfuscation of truth. In parts of government, the media, and other key sectors of culture, the imperative to seek and tell truth is often ignored, even viewed with contempt.
But was this always the case? How did we come to find ourselves in this "post-truth" moment?
Join us for a conversation with Jill Lepore as she delineates key moments in American history that shape our understandings of truth today.
About the speaker:
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the host of the podcast, The Last Archive. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry, and American history. Much of her scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the history and technology of evidence. As a wide-ranging and prolific essayist, Lepore writes about American history, law, literature, and politics. She is the author of many award-winning books, including the international bestseller, These Truths: A History of the United States (2018). Her latest book, IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, will be published in September 2020.
NOTE: Please follow the link to join this event via Zoom Webinar. Webinar participants will be able to pose questions via the Q&A function.
This event is made possible through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the project, “
Recovering Truth: Religion, Journalism & Democracy in a Post-Truth Era."