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Visiting Fellow Archive (2015-2016)

The 2015-2016 Visiting Fellow is Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and Affiliated Faculty at the Harvard Law School.


Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore
David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University
Affiliated Faculty at the Harvard Law School

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 4pm
Lecture: “The Secret History of Wonder Woman”
Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B-C
1200 W. Harrison

Jill Lepore will deliver a public lecture drawn from her bestselling book “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.”  Please join us for this public lecture unravelling a fascinating history.

The New York Times Book Review stated: “Lepore’s brilliance lies in knowing what to do with the material she has. In her hands, the Wonder Woman story unpacks not only a new cultural history of feminism, but a theory of history as well.”

The San Francisco Chronicle warns: “If it makes your head spin to imagine a skimpily clad pop culture icon as (spoiler alert!) a close relation of feminist birth control advocate Margaret Sanger, then prepare to be dazzled by the truths revealed in historian Jill Lepore’s “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.”

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Please note lecture will take place in Student Services Building, 1200 West Harrison, Conference Room B/C.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 3-5 PM
Life as Argument
Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level of Stevenson Hall
701 South Morgan

Wonder Woman sketch Robert Gordon

Courtesy of Robert Philip Gordon

Scholars often indict biography as narrow, descriptive, and lacking in analytical force or explanatory power. But chronicles of lives—case studies, biographies, portraits—very often make arguments that are at once broad and deep. What works, and what doesn’t?

Recommended readings:

Jill Lepore, “Baby Doe,” The New Yorker, 2016.

Jill Lepore, “Joe Gould’s Teeth,” The New Yorker, 2015.

Jill Lepore, “Prodigal Daughter,” The New Yorker, 2013.

Jill Lepore, “The Ice Man,” The New Yorker, 2010.

Additional Resources:  Jill Lepore writings that can be described as biography can be found here.