Herbert Lehman Lecture to Feature Historian and Author Sean Wilentz

NEW YORK, September 2, 2008 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries and The Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History will co-sponsor a lecture at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 at Columbia University’s Journalism Building. The event will feature author Sean Wilentz speaking on “Some Afterthoughts on the Age of Reagan.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University. He studies U.S. social and political history, specializing in the early nation and Jacksonian democracy. Wilentz received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University (1980) after earning bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University (1972) and Balliol College, Oxford University (1974). He is the author of several books including Chants Democratic (1984), which won several national prizes, including the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association and In The Kingdom of Matthias (1994), with coauthor Paul Johnson, among others. His major study, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, received the Bancroft Prize in 2006 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wilentz’s latest book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, was published in May 2008.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. The Lecture Hall is located on the third floor of the Journalism Building at 2950 Broadway. For more information regarding this event, or to attend, please respond to cul-events@columbia.edu. To view a listing of events, visit www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu.

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