Carleton Humanities Events

Nov 4

How Data Killed Facts by Jill Lepore, Harvard

Part of the Humanities and Technology Series, History Lefler Lectures and CS Tea Talks

4:00 – 5:00 pm / Weitz Cinema
Jill Lepore
Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Affiliate Professor of Law at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and host of the podcast, The Last Archive. Her many books include, These Truths: A History of the United States (2018), an international bestseller, named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of the decade. A textbook edition will be published in August 2022. Her 2020 New Yorker pieces contemplated the pandemic year, including essays on lonelinessrace riot commissionspolicing, the census, the decline of democracyliving indoors, the literature of plagues, and burnout. Her long-term research project is a history of attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution, beginning by building an online archive of the text of thousands of proposed amendments, from 1787 to 2020. In 2021, BBC Radio 4 broadcast her series, Elon Musk: The Evening Rocket, untangling the strange, sci-fi roots of extreme capitalism.

Lepore received a B.A. in English from Tufts University in 1987, an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1990, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1995. She joined the Harvard History Department in 2003 and was Chair of the History and Literature Program in 2005-10, 2012, and 2014. In 2012, she was named Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center, the History Herbert P. Lefler Lectureship, Computer Science, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Contact: Mary Drew