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Annual Brendan Gill Lecture to Feature Harvard Professor and Author PDF Print Email


by Lorraine Shanley, Member, Board of Trustees, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Jan. 22, 2020: Harvard University professor and the bestselling author, Jill Lepore, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Brendan Gill Lecture on Friday, March. 6, at 8 pm at Sarah Lawrence's Reisinger Auditorium.   

This free lecture is open to the public and presented each year by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy as a gift to the community. Register at  CLOAKING  or call 914-961-6790.

Lepore joins an illustrious roster of previous Gill speakers, including Mo Rocca, Stacy Shiff, the late Cokie Roberts, Jon Meacham, and Michael Beschloss, among others.  

Lepore is the author of These Truths: A History of the United States as well as several other books including The Secret History of Wonder Woman, which was a prize-winning bestseller which one critic called a "lively, surprising and occasionally salacious history." 

Her new book, IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, will be published in 2020. In it, Lepore argues that facts were replaced by numbers, which have since been replaced by data, with consequences not only for how we know what we know but for how we form (or dismantle) political communities. 

A staff writer at The New Yorker, Lepore has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and joined the Harvard History Department in 2003. In 2012, she was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of her distinction in undergraduate teaching. She has written on a variety of subjects, from politics and history to literature, the rise of robots and automation, to superheroes. 

Her essays and reviews have also appeared in The New York TimesThe Times Literary SupplementThe Journal of American HistoryForeign Affairs, the Yale Law JournalThe American Scholar, and the American Quarterly

Three of her books derive from her New Yorker essays including The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death (2012), a finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, The Story of America: Essays on Origins (2012), shortlisted for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay, and The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle for American history (2010).

Lepore grew up in West Boylston, Mass., where her father was a junior high school principal and her mother, an art teacher. Before moving to Harvard, she taught at the University of California-San Diego from 1995 to 1996 and at Boston University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.

Pictured:  Jill Lepore

Photo courtesy Bronxville Historical Conservancy

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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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