Kennedy School: Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics with Jill Lepore


Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:00pm


Harvard Kennedy School, JFK Jr. Forum

Jill Lepore will deliver the 26th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics, titled “The Press and the Polls.” The David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism will be awarded to Gary Younge the same evening. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics. This event is open to the public, and will also be streamed online on the IOP website.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. In 2012, she was named Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. She writes about American history, law, literature, and politics. She is the author of several books, most recently The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2015 American History Book Prize. Her earlier books include: The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Lepore received a B.A. in English from Tufts University in 1987, an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1990, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1995.

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for The Guardian. He also writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He is the author of four books, most recently The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream. Younge has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the Tea Party to hip hop culture. He went to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and in 2007 he was awarded honorary doctorates by both his alma mater and London South Bank University.

Lepore and Younge will also join Candy Crowley and Peter Hart in a panel discussion on Friday, November 6.