Programs & Exhibitions
The Lewis Walpole Library Lecture
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In recent years the Lewis Walpole Library Lecture has brought noted scholars in the field of eighteenth-century studies to New Haven to speak on a topic often, but not always, directly related to the collection. The annual Lewis Walpole Library Lecture is now an established feature of Yale's intellectual calendar.
2013: Twentieth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture
"The Ladies Library: Or, Benjamin Franklin's Sister's Books"
David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History, Harvard University
November 8, 2013
Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall
Professor Lepore, National Book Award finalist and author of Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, discussed her work reconstituting the lost library of Benjamin Franklin's sister Jane (1712-1794). Most of what Jane read, she borrowed, but she was an avid and discriminating reader, writing to her brother, "I Read as much as I Dare."
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her books include New York Burning, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Name of War, winner of the Bancroft Prize; The Mansion of Happiness, a finalist for the Carnegie Medal; The Whites of Their Eyes, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and The Story of America. Her 2008 novel, Blindspot, written jointly with historian Jane Kamensky, was also a Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. In October 2013, Book of Ages, Lepore’s landmark biography of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister, was published and nominated for the National Book Award.
Click here to view a list of past Lewis Walpole Library Lectures.