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September 13, 2021

Historian and Author Jill Lepore, Ph.D., to Deliver St. Francis College's 2021 Dr. Frank Greene Lecture

Who: Jill Lepore, Ph.D., Professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, host of the podcast The Last Archive, and award-winning author.

What: Dr. Frank Greene Lecture

Where:

St. Francis College

Founders Hall

180 Remsen St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Livestreamed via Zoom

When:

Friday, September 17, 2021

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.

Advance registration required to attend in person or to join the livestream: sfcfrankgreene21.eventbrite.com

Members of the media: Email [email protected] to arrange coverage or to request interviews, images or video.

All attendees must adhere to St. Francis College's COVID-19 vaccination policy. See more here.

Jill Lepore, Ph.D., award-winning Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker, will deliver this year's Dr. Frank Greene Lecture, an annual event that is part St. Francis College's Honors Program.

This year's lecture also commemorates Constitution Day, which recognizes the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Dr. Lepore will join Freshman Honors Seminar students to discuss this year's Honors theme, "Seeking Truth in the Public Square." The focus will be Lepore's podcast, The Last Archive, which deals with how people understand truth and the history of doubt in American life.

"It's a privilege to welcome Dr. Lepore to SFC as this year's Frank Greene lecturer, as her voice is vital in any conversation about American politics and the arc of history that brings us to our present state," said Sara Rzeszutek, Ph.D., SFC Associate Professor of History and Director of the SFC Honors Program. "Her nuanced understanding of the sometimes contradictory 'progress' of our country since the 16th century will undoubtedly provide unique food for thought for all of us, particularly as we reflect on how ideas about truth and doubt have been shaped and reshaped in various political climates."

Among Dr. Lepore's many professional accomplishments include winning the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought in 2021 and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for the best non-fiction book on race in 2006. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award; the National Magazine Award; and, twice, for the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Lepore has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2005, writing about American history, law, literature, and politics. She joined the Harvard History Department in 2003.

Founded in 2012, the Dr. Frank Greene Lecture honors Dr. Greene, an art historian who established and led the SFC Honors program for many years. Each year's lecture follows the theme of the first-year honors seminar with a noted guest lecturer on the topic.