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Think Forum: Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore, historian and writer for The New Yorker, kicks off the spring Think Forum series with her talk “American History from Beginning to End” Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. at The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel.

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Photo credit: Dari Michele

Lepore will explore the question: “Can a divided nation have a shared past?” She also will discuss the challenges of writing the history of the United States in a time of division.

Lepore’s talk is the F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture, presented with support from the Callahan Foundation.

This event is free and open to all. Reserve tickets online at or by calling the box office at 216.368.6062.

About the speaker

Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker, 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 histories and technologies of evidence and of privacy.

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 Name of War (1998), which won the Bancroft Prize;
  • New York Burning (2005), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history;
  • The Story of America (2012), which was short-listed for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay;
  • Book of Ages (2013), a finalist for the National Book Award; and
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014).

A resource guide on Lepore is available online at

About the series

Think Forum lectures allow the campus community and Greater Cleveland residents to engage with prominent academic leaders and national experts. Each presentation allows for a lively question-and-answer session with the audience.

Free shuttle service is offered for all Think Forum lectures. Shuttles depart from outside the Tinkham Veale University Center Linsalata Entrance (on Bellflower Road) beginning at 5 p.m. Return shuttles depart from the Maltz Performing Arts Center at the conclusion of the lecture.

Learn more about the series at