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History Weekend Educates and Enlightens

The Tea Party in America. Pirates of the Atlantic. Murder in America. Each year, the Department of History sponsors History Weekend “to ignite discussion, and to invite the public into that conversation,” according to Department Head Jonathan Ocko. “We bring first-rate speakers to campus to help explore and explain what historians do and how history impacts our lives.”

Some 100 people attended this year’s History Weekend to discuss the Tea Party in American History. The special guest speaker was Jill Lepore, Harvard professor, writer for The New Yorker, and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party‚Äôs Revolution and the Battle over American History.

Ocko is already lining up History Weekend 2012. Robert Darton, French historian and Director of Libraries at Harvard University, will be on hand for “The Book in History.” “We’re going to take a close look at the impact of books, what the book has meant, how scholars use the book, and the changing nature of books,” Ocko promised. Check back for details!