The Importance of Civics and History with Jill Lepore In Conversation with Robin Young: A Discussion of These Truths and This America

April 30, 2020

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Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
459 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138

April 30, 2020
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Conversations on the Edge

The Importance of Civics and History with Jill Lepore In Conversation with Robin Young: A Discussion of These Truths and This America

Thursday, April 30, 6pm
Fitzgerald Theater at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

Acclaimed writer, thinker and historian, Professor Jill Lepore, will be in conversation with Robin Young co-host of NPR’s Here & Now about Lepore’s These Truths and This America, with the intention of sparking a community-wide discussion of why history matters and why we need to bring civics back to life, as framed in both of these best-selling recent books.

CCAE will partner with Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge Community Foundation, CCTV and WBUR to make it truly a community conversation and a community read.

Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s history of America places truth itself―a devotion to facts, proof and evidence―at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas―“these truths,” Jefferson called them―political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? These Truths tells this uniquely American story, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. Lepore continues the conversation in This America, arguing that by purging American identity of nationalism and re-founding it on a purified liberalism, we can reclaim the nation’s future by reclaiming its past.

Professor Lepore will be signing her books after the Conversation and there will be books on sale at CRLS immediately before and right after the Conversation courtesy of Harvard Book Store.

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